John McCain Not Giving a Damn About Being Caught Playing on Phone During Syria Hearing

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A lot of people seem to be concerned that Senator John McCain was playing games on his iPhone during a Senate committee hearing on the Syria situation.

McCain is not one of those people who seems very concerned.

From McCain's Twitter:


McCain's game, apparently poker, was captured by a Washington Post photographer.

McCain was paying attention at one point, when he was questioning Secretary of State John Kerry during the hearing.

The hearing, which almost hit four hours, can be seen on video here.

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loneeagle1938
loneeagle1938

The fact remains that senile old childish US Senator Amnesty John/Juan McCain was only finally openly revealing exactly his returning to his earlier childhood state when Johnny Boy loved to play children's games,so please go easy on this chilcish old fool,ok?...Otherwise he might even start singing his famous "Bomb! Bomb! Bomb Syria!" for us all now then...Note that Amnesty John/Juan McCain has updated it from his earlier version,"Bomb Bomb Bomb Iraq!"....So,see Johnny Boy has quite become totally senile and braindead yet folks!" .....

bobby5527
bobby5527

why shouldn't our esteemed senator have been bored. after all, the debate only concerns bombing the hell out of a country and possibly costing the lives of civilians. i suppose that's worth a game of poker.

Abby Watkins
Abby Watkins

McCain logic: "I know Arizona... But Syria? Must look smart... Consult Iphone. No signal? Shit, where's Janet Napolitano at these days?

Trent Rhodes
Trent Rhodes

Why does he have to listen? His answers are always the same. Conflict in Bosnia - bring in the troops. Conflict in Iraq - bring in the troops. Conflict in Afghanistan - bring in the troops. The war isn't going well - bring in more troops.

James L. Crabtree
James L. Crabtree

I can't personally care less about The Iron Homophobe. If he votes no, then it is a good thing, phone or not.

Canna Commando
Canna Commando

it is definetly not professional even for today's standards!

Mary Bukowski-Moorer
Mary Bukowski-Moorer

republicans freaked out when President Obama had his foot on the oval office desk, but no hoopla about this..? hmmm...

Francisco Cortez
Francisco Cortez

What a disgrace and an embarrassment to Arizona. It's bad enough having Jan Brewer making us look like the laughing stock, and now old man McCain? *smh

Alli Nona
Alli Nona

It'd be cooler if he was playing Candy Crush ha ha

suzi_saul
suzi_saul

Don't be too hard on him....even the President plays games during important times.... google the words President Obama Played Cards During the Bin Laden Raid

Juliane Cartaino
Juliane Cartaino

Given the gravity of the topic, and his impassioned stance, it affects his credibility and Ethos adversely.!

marcy
marcy

That John can manage to stay awake during a rambling, worthless, Senate hearing is better than I could do.

Collette Reno
Collette Reno

I know this may be surprising, but in professional classes, they found attendees who have pipecleaners, and other gadgets on the table to play with during the class, improves the attention of the attendee. Not that I agree with McCain, but just like doodling in a lecture doesn't mean you aren't listening. Atleast he wasn't doodling an aide, dripping on a blue dress or sexting.

Jim Barnia
Jim Barnia

must be nice to know before you get there how you will react..act...all bs

Jenna Grey
Jenna Grey

LOL "McCain was paying attention at one point".

Rob Barris
Rob Barris

at least he thinks he was only playing a game.

Bill Nash
Bill Nash

Frankly I'm just glad he didn't fall asleep this time.

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

I wouldnt give a fuck either if i already knew what the sheep didnt.

Malcolm Pierce
Malcolm Pierce

so i guess it's okay if the rest of us slack off at work then since our elected officials seem to think it's okay to do so on the clock?

Nick Norris
Nick Norris

Most people would get fired for playing on their phone at work...

Leslie Jones
Leslie Jones

He gets reelected and paid whether he earns it or not. Yep. Zero sh!ts.

Troy Farah Faucet
Troy Farah Faucet

Bet he doesn't give a shit about the people who would die in an attack on Syria either!

Jeff Ramon
Jeff Ramon

Because he doesn't have much left to live. He looks like Bernie. Walking dead... Sheesh... With T. rex arms too.

ReggieVV
ReggieVV

Senile old coot. His prouncements are about as useless as any can be, at this point. Could anyone imagine him president from 2008?

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

I guess some people who can't multi-task would find this shocking, but if you really need to tune your full attention to the political-speak of your colleagues, you probably shouldn't be in Washington.


WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

McCain should have someone write him a "build the dang fence" game.  Maybe with Paulie StudBoi helping McCain with his "lumber".

loneeagle1938
loneeagle1938

So,suzi_saul how could you forget Der Glorius Leader.Golfer in Chief Obama also loves to go play golf no matter what's going on in the USA or the World okay?

cassityg32
cassityg32

A liberal?!?? You MUST be a conservitave....your "facts" are completely WRONG. Hahaha

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@Chris Brown 

McCain a liberal???

Put down the crack pipe Chris....

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Malcolm Pierce  

Yes.  If you're in a meeting, and people are saying things that you know that they're going to say, just to get themselves on the record, it's absolutely ok to slack off and give some of your attention to something else.  If you don't, you're an idiot.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Nick Norris  

Nonsense.   Clearly, you've never held much of a job.  At the very worst, you might be asked to put it away, if it was distracting others or if the person speaking considered it to be disrespectful.  Most people work on something else during meetings.  If you really need to give your full attention to a person who's speaking, you're probably not much of an employee.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@ReggieVV Could anyone picture Palin taking over for him in 2009 when he started to use "angry birds" to show how he would the US against kids!  ("Get off my Lawn, My Friends!  Bomb, bomb, bomb bomb bomb Iran!")

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative 

And what would McCain say to someone if HE was speaking, and had caught them playing a game instead of paying attention, as is their job???

Maybe if McCain and the rest of them actually paid full attention to what they were doing we would actually have a government that did something.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@valleynative Anyone elected to the US Senate, who them-self is big on "political-speak", should have the decorum and respect for the office, not to play video games in a hearing.  Unless, they have "Old age" desease and can't recall what they ate for breakfast.

ReggieVV
ReggieVV

Then McCain will claim the State Department withheld information. It was told to him while he was playing Angry Birds.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Flyer9753

I wouldn't want a Senator who actually had to pay full attention to all the nonsense that goes in those hearings.  It doesn't make you more productive to listen to nonsense.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@WhoKnows

How many Senators have fallen asleep in such things?  They're mostly a waste of time.  Nothing more than an opportunity to get some visibility.  They're not where the real decision-making takes place.

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