WASHINGTON -- Frank Sinatra may have been called the Chairman of the Board but the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is no slouch himself when it comes to carrying a tune.
Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the nation's highest-ranking military officer, sang "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" at the end of a question-and-answer session at the National Press Club.
The short ditty came at the request of club president Theresa Werner and at the end of a lunch in which President Obama's top Pentagon adviser tamped down expectations for a military intervention to stop the bloody fighting in Syria.
A self-described “Sinatra Irish Pub kinda guy,” Dempsey grew up in Bayonne, N.J., just next door to the crooner's hometown of Hoboken. Even before he became chairman a year ago, he had gained a reputation for straight talk and melodious tones.
This isn't the first time Dempsey has crooned a tune at Washington's press club.