Rubio on Water Gulp: God Reminding Me I'm Human
Mid-speech sip sparks Twitter surge
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 13, 2013 1:42 AM CST
Updated Feb 13, 2013 8:47 AM CST
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(Newser) – It's not unusual for the peanut gallery to ask if a politician was drinking after a speech—or if that drink was Kool-Aid—but it's Marco Rubio's swig of water last night that's getting more attention than his words. While giving his party's response to the State of the Union, he was forced to dive far to the side to reach a bottle of water, Slate reports, thus creating a distraction from the speech and fueling extensive Twitter commentary. There were 9,200 tweets per minute just after the sip, Twitter says, and #watergate and Poland Spring became trending topics, USA Today reports. "Strong material but the trivial water bit will get endless attention. #LifeUnfair," tweeted a GOP strategist.

Rubio himself has reacted to the snafu with good humor. Late last night he tweeted this photo of the Poland Spring bottle. "This tweet came straight from the boss. #staffisnotthisfunny," Rubio's research director added in a follow up tweet spotted by BuzzFeed. This morning, Rubio took a swig during an interview with George Stephanopoulos. "I needed water, what am I going to do, you know?" he said. "God has a funny way of reminding us we’re human."

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Feb 15, 2013 8:11 PM CST
Rubio has no chance in hell to every be president. Way too much an alter boy to get a majority vote. Just asking him about what age he thinks the Earth is and he's done. Hey, but thanks for the free Poland Springs advertisement.
Feb 15, 2013 12:08 AM CST
The media behaves like little children do when they get a chance to see daddy do something they can point fingers at. At least Rubio drank water, which is more than many of the alcoholics in the Senate and House drink. It's reported there are many, many boozers in Congress. The King of Lushes was Ted-the-swimmer Kennedy.
Feb 14, 2013 12:01 PM CST
How can anyone not vote for someone who gets personal reminders from GOD HISSELF on when to drink (and, presumably, pee)?? Answer: You can't. You have to vote for this honest man.