July 31st, 2013
04:26 PM ET
9 months ago

'Maverick' wanders into the wrong herd

Washington (CNN) – Those of us who've walked into the wrong classroom or business meeting know the feeling; the sudden sensation of oops, the quick apology, the urge to back away without losing too much dignity. One United States senator had exactly that feeling Wednesday.

Republican John McCain accidentally walked in on a Capitol Hill meeting Democrats were having with President Barack Obama.

In response to media reports Wednesday afternoon, McCain tweeted: "I opened the wrong door, looked in and saw the President, said "my mistake" and everybody laughed."

"Lighten up everybody," the tweet continued.

McCain did not stay for the meeting despite what was reportedly a good-natured invitation from Obama to join Senate Democrats. Obama met with Congressional Democrats Wednesday to push agenda items like the economy, climate change and ensuring the implementation of Obamacare.

The 2008 nominee for president, McCain has become more and more prominent as something of an intermediary in Congress recently, planning a trip to Egypt at Obama's request, praising the president's speech about the Trayvon Martin verdict while calling for a review of Stand Your Ground laws and even calling a presidential race between fellow Republican Rand Paul and Democrat Hillary Clinton a "tough choice."


Filed under: Congress • John McCain • Senate
soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    I am going to have to give this story a pass. It really isn't offering anything I'm willing to "gloat" over.

    July 31, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Old McSenile. Someone get him a seeing eye dog.

    July 31, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. HenryMiller

    I'm a little surprised the Secret Service detail didn't shoot him.

    July 31, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    Didn't I suggest Crisschristy to change to Democratic party? I bet he heard this and changing too, good man, wise boy!!!

    July 31, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. just sayin

    Obama met with Congressional Democrats Wednesday to push agenda items like the economy, climate change and ensuring the implementation of Obamacare.
    ----

    the economy? you mean the economy that is growing a pathetic 1.1 and 1.7% this year? that pathetic obama economy?

    climate change??? bwahahahhahaha!!! yeah, a real national priority as unemployment is at record levels for record lengths of time. isn't obama content with totally destroying the coal industry? what does he want to destroy now?

    obamacare??? you mean 3 years after they passed it and still haven't figured it out, he now wants his minions to go out there and lie to the american people once more? democrats are trying to run away from this train wreck and obama wants them to run into the path of the train wreck. what does obama care? it is not like he is goin gto run again. he doesn't care if the rest of the democrats get tosssed in 2014 when the obamacare train wreck hits the demorcat party at the polls.

    July 31, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. Boomer in Mo

    Give McCain a break. He went into the wrong room. Anyone who has never done that does not do much. This is a big yawn of a story.

    July 31, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "Hey, Sniffit. I see you've got yourself a ticker BFF. He's been, well ... shadowing you for days now. Weeks actually."

    My kitties are going to be severely irritated that I have a new pet. I can just see it now....shredded pillows and a concerted effort to sneak into my closet and shed all over my suits.

    July 31, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. sonny chapman

    Two people in D.C. that still have a sense of humor; it's a start.

    July 31, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. Italmn

    John Mc Cain should have taken Pres. Obama up on it. He may have had some fun with everybody. The Democrats wouldn't have minded at all. He says crazy things but he's actually a good guy and really does love the country that is for sure.

    July 31, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "a real national priority as unemployment is at record levels for record lengths of time"

    I see. Is that why the GOP/Teatrolls in the House have enacted nothing but abortion restrictions and attempted 38 times to repeal the ACA and GOP/Teatroll state legislatures around the country are focusing on nothing but abortion restrictions and attempts to attenuate and dilute the voting rights of "inconvenient" demographics?

    July 31, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    McCain has lost it.

    July 31, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "a real national priority as unemployment is at record levels for record lengths of time"

    I see. Is that why the GOP/Teatrolls in the House have enacted nothing but abortion restrictions and attempted 38 times to repeal the ACA and GOP/Teatroll state legislatures around the country are focusing on nothing but abortion restrictions and attempts to attenuate and dilute the voting rights of "inconvenient" demographics??

    July 31, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  13. Romney is STILL NOT My Hero

    No, he did not make a mistake. The secret's out – McCain wants to be a Democrat. He's been inching over to the left every since that circus last year with the GOP "hopefools".

    July 31, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  14. Marie MD

    What dignity?
    Didn't the rethug/teat rolls run on jobs in 2010? All they have done is try o repel Obamacare and take away women's rights.
    The weeper himself said that their "work" has been to repeal not make or pass laws.

    July 31, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "despite what was reportedly a good-natured invitation from Obama to join Senate Democrats"

    I see. So the narrative has changed from "he was cranky today" this afternoon to "he was being bipartisan and good-natured" this evening? Perhaps if you weren't so desperate to manufacture a narrative at all in the first place and just let the facts tell the stories while you focused on informing people, you wouldn't look so stupid printing things that really don't jibe at all.

    July 31, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  16. Mikey

    @just sayin
    1. Yes the economy that the GOP controlled congress has done nothing to fix. Jobs, jobs, jobs my behind. The GOP priorities are taking away women's rights and pathetic, symbolic votes against Obamacare. No wonder they have the lowest congressional approval rating in HISTORY!
    2. Climate change – Conservatives will wise up to this problem when it finally dawns on them that this is the greatest economic threat of our lifetimes. Unfortunately, by then it will be too late to avoid dire consequences... and, of course, they will never take responsibility for the consequences of their (YOUR) actions. Responsibility is something Conservatives criticize others about.
    3. Obamacare is already having significant positive effects. They are right in taking their time to ensure they get things right. It's important. Yes, it has some flaws, but the GOP has no interest in correcting the flaws. They don't care about the 50 million uninsured or the hundreds of thousands of annual bankruptcies due to lack of insurance or gaps and limits in coverage. They want it to fail even if it means selling the public down the river. They answer to their corporate sponsors, not to the people.

    July 31, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  17. Carlos Danger

    I thought he was in Egypt .
    "Lighten up everybody,"

    July 31, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  18. peridot2

    Just a momentary slip of the mind.

    July 31, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  19. raddave

    "yeah, a real national priority as unemployment is at record levels for record lengths of time" Neither is true. Unemployment was over 20% for 10 years during the Great Depression. It also got to 10.8% during Raygun's first term.

    July 31, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  20. LightenUp

    Can nobody just be amused and "lighten up"? It's not news, but it's a break from the usual grilling. Although, I'm not surprised the political commentary is always fired up down here. I had a little laugh and shook my head no matter my own political stance or my opinion of McCain. Everyone just take a chill pill.

    July 31, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  21. raddave

    "yeah, a real national priority as unemployment is at record levels for record lengths of time" Neither is true. Unemployment was over 20% for 10 years during the Great Depression. It was also at 10.8% during Raygun's first term.

    July 31, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  22. sly

    Gotta love the Republican Civil War. Paul hates Christie. McCain throws Paul under the bus, just like he threw Bush under the bus. The Party of Stupid is slipping into obscurity.

    Doesn't matter anyway, as Hillary or Biden will kick any GOP tail in 2016. These are good times for America.

    July 31, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  23. mikes

    McCain has been having an increasing number of these "senior moments" lately.

    July 31, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  24. Len

    Mikey,

    You are 100% correct. But unfortunately, we have a base of Americans that are not very intelligent and voted into office that are not very intelligent. Hopefully, we will not let what happened in 2010 happen in 2014. Get out and vote.

    By the way, it is to late to rectify climate change. Excellent documentary that everyone should see: "Chasing Ice". Every student in every school should see it.

    July 31, 2013 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  25. heliocracy

    @justsayin...the reason the economy is still bad is that the GOP house still refuses to increase government spending, which is the normal, proven method of recovery from a recession. There's nothing Obama can do about that. Just sayin'.

    July 31, 2013 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
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