Marco Rubio's Panicked 'Water Break' Was as Human as It Was Hilarious (VIDEO)


marco rubio waterFollowing President Obama's State of the Union address last night, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), the man being called the "rising star" of the Republican party (isn't that what they always say, though?) gave the GOP response. But when he was done, no one was really talking about what he said, which tended toward the same ol', same ol' "taxes and big government bad, smaller government, less regulation good!" It was what he did.

Mid-speech, Rubio bent down and, in a klutzy move, grabbed a tiny Poland Spring water bottle, then took a awkward, panicked swig of water while keeping his eyes on the camera. Then he tried to abruptly get back to business. And okay, sure, it may not sound like it was hilarious -- but OMG, it was! Really, it was like a so-bad-it's-funny Saturday Night Live sketch. And so obviously, it became the Meme of the Night.

Check it out ...

Hee hee. It's no wonder that as soon as this happened, little Poland Spring bottles popped up all over Facebook and everyone joked about it on Twitter.

On one hand, it's kind of depressing that this is what we're talking about today, when there were so many legitimate, serious issues addressed by President Obama and Senator Rubio last night. But ... on the other, it makes sense that we're giggling about it, because it was a very human moment. And any time politicians, who are supposed to be so polished and "in charge" of the moment, break that mold, it's normal to be amused.

It's also pretty great that Rubio can laugh about it himself. Not only did Rubio post a link to his personal Twitter account that takes readers to a photo of a bottle of Poland Spring bottled water, but he seemed to have a good sense of humor about it on Good Morning America this morning when he defended himself:

I needed water, what am I going to do? God has a funny way of reminding us we’re human. ... My mouth got dry, and I had to get some water. You know, when you give a speech on a podium and the water is right there — but when you don’t, you start looking around thinking, ‘Where am I going to get the water?’

Haaa! Wow. Guess it's a good question! And it sounds like he was a bit nervous, too. But then again, who wouldn't be when addressing the nation? And, you know, attempting to counter the President of the United States himself!

Here's Rubio's GMA interview:


What did you think about Rubio's swig -- a lot of brouhaha about nothing or seriously funny?


Image via dkostv/YouTube

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miche... micheledo

So nice to hear he can laugh at himself!!! That is refreshing in any politician.

bills... billsfan1104

I was going to come on here ready for a fight, how refreshing you are not bashing him and reading more into it like Mika Brezynski was doing this morning. She claimed that he took a swig if water, because he was unsure on what he was speaking about.

Kudos to Rubio, he had one of the best counter speeches ever!! At least I think so.

nonmember avatar SueBradley

It WAS funny, but it was, as you say, human. Rubio did seem very nervous, especially in comparison to President Obama, who seemed so cool and confident. But I guess that comes with experience. I had to feel sorry for Rubio when he flicked the dripping sweat off his brow a couple of times, too.

three... threeforme157

I think it was the best moment of the night,  I think everyone can relate.  His speech was well done where Obama in his true fashion was a lot of grandstanding with little substance.

Shrew2u Shrew2u

I'm glad Rubio was able to laugh at himself.  It's too bad people are focusing on his moment of nervousness rather than the substance of the message.  I'm sure we'll hear more out of him in the coming yearsas a younger member of the GOP, which will give him plenty of time to get over his jitters.

Threeforme157, stay classy.

three... threeforme157

Difference in opinion= not classy...  Ok...

Pinkmani Pinkmani

I thought it was completely natural! All that talking really does dry your mouth out! I love it when we get to see people in the public eye do everyday things.

nonmember avatar kevobx

More distractions brings on greater ignorance, bombard the people with lies. Tell the truth and one will not have to mention how honest they are every second. By the way, why is his nationality being hidden from the world? What kind of hispanic is that, who art thou?

Autum... Autumnleaves87

I loved his response! "God has a funny way of reminding us we are human."

Gotta say.. that is a great line. He did look nervous and I didn't agree with a big portion of what he said, but dude is a classy guy with a good presence.

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