Image from Iranian state TV claiming to show a monkey that was sent into space and back.
(CBS NEWS) -- It's not a lot to ask - Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., just wants
everyone to "lighten up" and enjoy his joke about Iran's president being
Responding to reports that
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is ready and willing to suit up
his astronaut gear to help his country reach its goal of achieving a
manned space flight, the notoriously candid McCain wrote on Twitter Monday morning:
"So Ahmadinejad wants to be first Iranian in space - wasn't he just
there last week? 'Iran launches monkey into space'
Having evidently faced some backlash for his shot at
the leader of a nation testing long-range ballistic missiles with very
sad-looking animals, McCain later followed up on the social media site: "Re: Iran space tweet - lighten up folks, can't everyone take a joke?"
despite the plea, McCain-the-cutup isn't making any friends with his
material, even on the right. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich. - an
Arab-American - responded on Twitter:
"Maybe you should wisen up & not make racist jokes. @SenJohnMcCain:
Re: Iran space tweet - lighten up folks, can't everyone take a joke?"
For the record, it's not McCain's first stab at comedy: Two weeks
ago, he made a crack about "waterboarding" Secretary of State John Kerry
in his Senate confirmation hearing.