Arizona senator John McCain has been a staunch advocate of a US response to Syria, but during a hearing with presidential aides and the foreign relations committee about the use of punitive force against Bashar Assad's regime, McCain occupied himself on his iPhone — playing poker.
David Beard, a former Boston.com editor, shared the photo, which rapidly circulated on Twitter.
Washington Post photographer Melina Mara spotted the Republican senator and took the photo, which the Post shared online.
News of McCain's mid-hearing activity triggered both critical and amused responses on Twitter, including one from the senator:
Scandal! Caught playing iPhone game at 3+ hour Senate hearing - worst of all I lost!— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) September 3, 2013