McCain Plays Poker On His iPhone During Syria Hearings



No matter what side of the Syria debate you're on, you probably agree that it's a serious one. Senator John McCain probably does too, but that didn't stop him from playing an iPhone poker game during the Senate hearing yesterday. While Secretary of State John Kerry argued that, "This is not the time to be spectators to a slaughter...now we must stand up and act," McCain was photographed playing his phone game by a Washington Post staffer sitting behind him. Once the picture went viral, many pointed to the fact that the Arizona Republican barely engaged in questions when Kerry concluded his argument. Though, it must be noted he has spoken out in favor of military action prior to the debate.

The Senator took to Twitter last night trying to laugh off his gaff. He tweeted, "Scandal! Caught playing iPhone game at 3+ hour Senate hearing — worst of all I lost!" We're not opposed to silly tweets, but this response seems in poor taste. Given both the gravity of this decision, McCain's vocal stance on the issue, and all eyes on Syria's continued atrocities, he would have been better served by a straightforward apology. Better yet, maybe he should have just put down his phone and listened up. (NY Daily News)

McCainPoker-gamePhoto: via Washington Post