July 31st, 2013
04:26 PM ET
9 years 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. DaBigstink

    Aww man – I was really hoping for a "Oops I crapped my pants" moment.

    July 31, 2013 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  2. don

    when he saw obama he thought he was in harlem.

    July 31, 2013 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  3. daveinfw

    this clown has a lot of "oops" moments. He is an "oops moment".

    July 31, 2013 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  4. abbydelabbey

    I'm sure that's not the first time he walked into the wrong room ... nor will it be the last .... He has a tendency to go in the wrong direction....

    July 31, 2013 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  5. iab

    So what anyone can make a mistake like this. I have especially when all doors look alike.

    I will always feel there are quite a few DEMS who feel just like M. McConnell, Boehner, D. Issa. They are wealthy say nothing to support Pres Obama. In their hearts they are typical old greedy, controlling men just like the GOP/TP Folks.

    They just say NOTHING, fail to support the POTUS vision, ACA, Affordable Jobs Bill, etc. Some of these old men have a frozen mind, no constructive suggestions, ideals to move our country forward. They call themselves Democrats. Our president as a hard time even among his own. I'm glad to see him leave DC in order to take his message to the ppl who are ppl of all colors, cultures, religion, sex, whether gay or straight. wealthy, rich, or poor. HE IS THE PRESIDENT OF ALL AMERICANS. He will succeed b/c God is in the plan. All those who appose read Psalm 27.

    July 31, 2013 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  6. Toe Jam

    He was going where he is leaning more towards...

    July 31, 2013 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  7. Steve

    I remember that "oops" moment when McCain thought he'd make a go at running for President and have Palin as his running mate. Ooops.

    July 31, 2013 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  8. angeson

    That cheap old Mav was just looking for some free pork. But B.O. wasnt finished with his plate yet.

    July 31, 2013 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  9. Wasn't his OOPS moment when he colluded with the NVietnamese?

    His opps moment was when he negligently crashed his 4th plane, got captured, and sold out to the Communists by making an Anti-American propaganda tape for them for special consideration in the POW camp.


    July 31, 2013 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  10. Guest

    Good grief. All he did was walk into the wrong room. How is this news?

    July 31, 2013 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  11. dax

    McCain should have joined the meeting and switched parties... Both sides of the aisle would be much happier with that situation.

    July 31, 2013 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  12. Suenodak

    Not sure why he wasn't part of the meeting since he's been acting like a Dem!

    July 31, 2013 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  13. Liz the First

    He should have stayed. might have learned something! maybe some smarts and decency might've rubbed off on him.

    July 31, 2013 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  14. MJW

    I can't blame Senator McCain for trying to sit in with the Dems. With Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Lee, I would want to get away too. Then on the House side Boehner has no authority, he does not make sense when he speaks, not sure if he listens to what he is saying or. Just let words come out because he has to say something.

    July 31, 2013 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  15. Michael

    Sounds like McCain needs to take his own advice. He's the one demanding that everyone else lighten up when there's no reason to believe anyone took this to be a serious matter. People make mistakes... it happens. He could have just laughed and moved on instead adding the odd "lighten up" comment.

    July 31, 2013 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  16. Peter

    Not really news-worthy. McCain has been a democrat for years now.

    July 31, 2013 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  17. Mack

    From the title and first sentence of the article, I thought he walked into the wrong restroom! Oops!

    July 31, 2013 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  18. drinker75

    I always liked McCain, if he hadn't chosen Palin as running mate, he would probably be our president. That being said, I don't think he really wanted to win, that's why he chose her.

    July 31, 2013 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  19. kravin Morehead

    He did it on purpose. He's like all the other republican elite. He believes he has the right to lord it over everyone.

    July 31, 2013 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  20. RichS

    He's a Rino; would have fit right in. Caucus with the Dems and pretend he's a Republican. Sounds right to me.

    July 31, 2013 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  21. john

    misleading.. it said mccain had an oops moment... I thought he was so old he poo'ed his pants

    July 31, 2013 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  22. holam

    what is wrong with McCain???

    July 31, 2013 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  23. Michigan patriot

    He should change his party affiliation. He is old, senile and I really think he has forgotten he is a republican. The things he says now don't make any sense, its time for him to go........

    July 31, 2013 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  24. The Other Bob

    The Republicants would have tarred and feathered McCain if he had accepted Obama's invitation.

    July 31, 2013 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  25. D

    Its a shame that so many on here are criticizing Republicans which im sure some helped put into office. Heres the truth. House Republicans have controlled the the house for 2 1/2 years. The Congress tried passing a jobs bill back in 2011, but it was voted down by the Senate. Reason being is that tax increases were part of the bill. It was quietly killed without much media attention. The Senate has been democratically controlled since 2006. Every jobs bill proposed since then required a means to pay for it. The partisan atmosphere surrounding this topic has came from both parties. The Congress has failed the American Society because ideals are more important than action. The President has failed the American people thinking serving Kool-Aid and finger pointing solves everything.

    July 31, 2013 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
1 2 3 4 5