McCain on Petraeus: We owe a debt of gratitude

John McCain got a chance to give David Petraeus a different kind of reception than the one given him by Hillary Clinton last September. In the opening remarks of the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in which General Petraeus will give his report, McCain talked about “real hope and optimism” and lauded Petraeus for providing them. He acknowledged that a lot of work remains to be done, but that we are no longer “staring into the abyss”.

About half-way through his nine-minute statement, demonstrators attempted to disrupt the hearing. As demonstrations go, it was a rather pathetic attempt and it lasted less than 30 seconds before the threat of arrest ended it. McCain laughed it off, saying he was used to it. Here’s the video, and watch at about the 7:30 mark when purported VP candidate Jim Webb starts to fall asleep: