An 82-year-old Republican congressman from North Carolina said he had a “senior moment” while attempting to grill Attorney General Eric Holder during a House Oversight Committee hearing on Wednesday.
Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC), who has been in office since 1985, began his questions to Holder by complaining about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s scolding of Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) at a January hearing for politicizing last year’s terrorist attacks in Benghazi.
“I took umbrage with that response when I heard it and I went to the House floor in early February to take further umbrage,” Coble explained. “I just find Ms. Clinton’s response to have been condescending and just laced with insincerity and very impersonal.”
After asking why Holder had warned about acts of violence and retaliation against Muslims in the aftermath of the Boston bombings, Coble noted that his view of the witness was blocked before attempting to move on to the next question.
“Now, I’m having a senior moment,” he admitted. “I forget what I was going to ask you. It will come back to me in due time.”
“Well, maybe it won’t,” Coble added, drawing laughter from fellow lawmakers. “I still have time… I’m still going to try to get through here.”
At that point, the 15-term congressman obviously regained his train of thought: “Senior moment recovered!”
Coble went on to question Holder about a the 4th Circuit Court’s United States v. Simmons decision that resulted in possibly thousands of people wrongly being held in prison for “felon in possession of a firearm.”
Holder suggested a meeting with Coble’s staff to discuss the case.
Watch this video from the House Oversight Committee, broadcast May 15, 2013.