Amid the grave national debate about attacking Syria, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., stirred the Internet Tuesday night when he was caught playing poker on his phone during a Senate hearing. The worst part of all? McCain said that it was that he lost thousands of dollars.
The Foreign Relations Committee held its first meeting on Tuesday regarding the president's plans for military involvement in Syria, and McCain, who clearly became distracted at some point, took a break to play some quick mobile poker on his iPhone, the Huffington Post reported. Pictures of the senator goofing off during the meeting went viral on the social media site and prompted several snarky comments from the Twitterverse.
The 77-year-old senator is skeptical about President Barack Obama's plan for “limited” intervention in the war-wracked country. McCain has been outspoken in calling for the U.S. to take military action in Syria, where the world is watching Bashar al-Assad allegedly use chemical weapons on his people.
McCain clearly didn’t think it was a big deal that he took his focus off the meetings, as he himself tweeted about the incident: “Scandal! Caught playing iPhone game at 3+ hour Senate hearing - worst of all I lost!” he wrote.”
Scandal! Caught playing iPhone game at 3+ hour Senate hearing - worst of all I lost!
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) September 3, 2013
There’s also a clip of the senator speaking that is getting a lot of attention on Vine, the video social media app. “And so I resorted,” McCain says, before the clip breaks and picks up in the middle of another sentence, “but the worst thing about it is that I lost thousands of dollars in this game.”
Check out some of the comments that ensued after the senator was caught playing on his iPhone below:
The biggest revelation that came from the Senate hearing: John McCain knows how to work a smartphone.
— Holly Renee (@hollyR_J) September 4, 2013
— Matt McD (@GovMatt) September 4, 2013
I love how it's haha funny that John McCain was caught in hearing about Syria playing a game but Obama is lazy bc he plays some golf. FOH.
— Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) September 4, 2013
— Elad Avron (@Ambious) September 4, 2013
Way to go @SenJohnMcCain...you gotta no when to foldem..as in your career. Outta touch with new republicans. Just drove me to the T party.
— Bric Shires (@Bricball) September 4, 2013
The popular Vine video has also been posted