July 31st, 2013
04:26 PM ET
12 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. Mike

    Pretty sure McCain won't be running for another term. Between some of the things he's said lately and this faux pas I can see both the GOP and the Democrats will have plenty of 30 second ad material.

    July 31, 2013 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  2. Just Me

    McCain's whole political career has been an oops moment.

    July 31, 2013 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  3. dick Delson

    This from the man who gave us Sarah Palin. Please...

    July 31, 2013 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  4. Bob

    Where was the Secret Service? I can't believe that he Sen. McCain was just allowed to open a close door and peak in. Something wrong with this story. The key word being "story". When was the last time CNN actually looked for the truth.

    July 31, 2013 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  5. jb1963

    He was probably in he boxers and house shoes wandering around looking for a cookie.

    July 31, 2013 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  6. Beefburger

    That RINO may has well have joined in. "Birds of a feather...."

    July 31, 2013 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  7. Mike Buck

    His biggest "OOPS Moment" was picking Sarah Palin.

    July 31, 2013 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  8. normsw

    A rest home awaits this old man, preferably one with locked doors! He's become a traitor to the GOP he professes to represent.

    July 31, 2013 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  9. ericgoestoholland

    So the story is: a man walked into the wrong room?

    July 31, 2013 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  10. jamie

    Goofy is as goofy does

    July 31, 2013 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  11. pamela reynolds

    Bryan Koenig should be embarrassed to cover such an unimportant, ridiculous nonevent. CNN, shame on you for calling this news.

    July 31, 2013 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  12. Jackie

    A Senior moment as early during the day he had an interview and spoke on all topics but at the end he said he wanted to be President. Well like Romney it seems McCain is living the what if. McCain owes a lot of favors because of his promise to bomb Iran and continue the Wars for the War Profiteers.

    July 31, 2013 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  13. Winston

    And for a brief second, the average IQ for the room tripled....

    July 31, 2013 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  14. NorCalMojo

    Why is this surprising? He does this on almost every issue.

    July 31, 2013 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  15. zutux

    We're not in Kansas anymore

    August 1, 2013 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  16. Joe Plumber

    The real McCain is back. Love it. If he had acted this way when he ran and not picked she whose name may not be spoken as his running mate – he might have won it. Instead he wandered into the darkness of the super right wing and got his hat handed to him.

    August 1, 2013 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  17. Truth

    Pretty sure he didn't tweet pictures of his "junk" so he's far ahead of the game.

    August 1, 2013 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  18. Michelle

    I would guess we the people are not even an afterthought i their schemes.

    August 1, 2013 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  19. waitaminute

    he should have stayed. He's just another corrupt spineless Liberal.

    August 1, 2013 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  20. Vinny C.

    This ain't so bad. Now, if he pulls down his pants and takes a large steaming grumpy on the floor of the senate while whistling the theme to the Andy Griffith show, then there's got a major problem.

    August 1, 2013 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  21. Mark

    sonny chapman

    Two people in D.C. that still have a sense of humor; it's a start.
    -------------------------
    Exactly, even the President and McCain seemed to get a laugh out of it, its just part of life, we've all walked into the wrong room at some point. Anyone playing this up is just a partisan hack. As they said 'Lighten up'

    August 1, 2013 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  22. Chuck

    Biden has had 10 thousand Oops moments, why dont you post those stories

    August 1, 2013 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  23. eric

    Thanks for the non-story.

    August 1, 2013 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  24. lancesackless

    NPR saw the joke. Pity its listeners didn't

    August 1, 2013 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  25. Rogue351

    His views are no longer relevant. He is to old to be making choices for this nation. He is stuck in the mind set that he is the answer and has the answer to all problems and sadly when it involves foreign affairs he is to quick to just to a military solution. I respect his service to this nation in battle and in office but his days are done for making choices for America. Out with the old in with the new. Once a narrow minded GOP always one. Cant teach an old dog new tricks and right now his tricks are hurting the USA more than helping.

    August 1, 2013 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
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