John McCain playing Poker during Syria Hearing is No Laughing Matter

by Jeremy Olson

During an important Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Syria, Arizona Senator John McCain was photographed playing online poker. He was engaged in a play money Hold’em game and made a strategy error by limping under the gun with Q-2 offsuit.

Unfortunately, this wasn’t McCain’s only error because the simple act of playing online poker has sparked a big controversy. Of course, he didn’t quite see it this way after tweeting the following:

Scandal! Caught playing iPhone game at 3+ hour Senate hearing - worst of all I lost!

It seems like McCain’s post-tweet joke about playing poker has caused more harm than good. After all, people aren’t very happy about an important member of Congress enjoying a game while the US debates over a critical war. And McCain hasn’t gained any sympathy points just because he was stuck in a 3+ hour hearing.

One Arizona resident named Nate Worthington gained some minor fame for tweeting the following about the situation:

@SenJohnMcCain this is not funny. I’m paying you to work, to be my voice, to be my ears, to be my hands, to be my feet. To be my Senator.

Other people have taken to joking around about how ridiculous it is that the 77-year-old was playing poker during a critical meeting. David Letterman has already released a “Top 10 List” on excuses McCain had for playing. A couple of the really good excuses include “Leave me alone I’m a hundred years old,” and “Relax, it’s just a war hearing.” Check out the video below to see the full list: