Sen. McCain brings mom to watch shuttle fly over

All eyes were on the skies on Tuesday, as Washington watched the Space Shuttle Discovery fly over the District.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), like many lawmakers (and the rest of us), didn’t want to miss the action. He even brought a special guest along with him to catch a view of the retired shuttle as it whizzed by atop a Boeing 747: his 100-year-old mom. (Roberta McCain became a centenarian in February.)

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 The senator’s office confirms to ITK that Mama McCain made the trip from her D.C. home to join her son, 75, along with his wife, Cindy, in watching the shuttle fly past the Washington Monument. McCain posted a photo he snapped of the once-in-a-lifetime event on his Twitter account.

A smiling McCain told reporters later that day of his mom, “She’s 100 years old and keeps very close track of my performances, and she’s one of my severest critics.”