Rubio gets last laugh on ‘water bottle-gate’

With millions of people watching his response to President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, Sen. Marco Rubio became dry-mouthed and made an awkward reach for a bottle of water that had been placed off-camera.

The National Journal was quick to put out an animated graphic  that captured the moment, and the left pounced for all it was worth, mocking Rubio for becoming his own State of the Union drinking game.

It didn’t take long for the incident to become a sensation on Twitter, with a #ThirstyRubio hashtag quickly appearing and fake Twitter feeds such as @Water4Rubio. “Stay thirsty my friends,” was among the more clever responses — and it came from Rubio.

Rubio also put out a Twitter photo immediately after his speech that poked fun at the incident:


Taking a bottle of water to some of his morning show interviews Wednesday, Rubio continued to play along with the joke. While appearing on “Good Morning America,” Rubio said, “I needed water, what am I going to do? God has a funny way of reminding us we’re human.”

Rubio explained on “CBS This Morning” that before giving his speech live in English, he also taped his remarks in Spanish, according to USA Today.

“I had already taped an 18-minute speech in Spanish,” the senator said. “So I’m just glad the water was nearby. I don’t know what I would have done without it.”

The far-left group Florida Watch Action, responsible for the “Pink Slip Rick” campaign, created a website ( that made a weak attempt at poking fun at Rubio.

Of course, the photo below may explain why the junior senator from Florida was feeling parched. He was standing directly under a lighting kit while giving the speech.

Rubio under lights

Photo via YFrog

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29 thoughts on “Rubio gets last laugh on ‘water bottle-gate’

  1. Rifraffe says:

    Rubio is an "empty suit" …really Ted? "Warmed over soutions"? Well let's see: The solution of fiscal responsibility is antiquated for some reason? That is our problem! What the president proposes is to spend and tax us into prosperity. That, as Rubio points out, is like standing in a bucket and trying to lift yourself by the handle. We don't need fiscal responsiblity to be a warmed over solution. We need to light a fire under every thinking American (sorry Ted, that leaves you out) and pressure all politicians to stop spending us into oblivion while literally stealing our children's future. Rubio is a breath of fresh air. Keep attacking him personally, Ted -and the rest of you who have no ideas. He is the one yelling loudest that the king has no clothes on!. Soon everyone will wake up and notice. Well, not everyone. Shhh. Ted's sleeping.

  2. Ted says:

    Boy, those of you that think Rubio is a "breath of fresh air", either have lost your sense of smell or don't know sh-t from shinola (always wanted to use this saying, you guys just naturally make it easy). He has accomplished nothing. He has tried to stay on the vanilla side of everything so that he can't be pinned down and really show who he is…an empty suit. He mouths the ideas that people want to hear but doesn't publish a detailed workable plan. You can say after me….empty suit. The bottom is this: Obama is the president. You can like it or not. If youse people can't get it going for next time, there will be ANOTHER DEMOCRAT PRESIDENT. If you can't live with it or lump it now, what are you going to do in 2016, self-deport?

    Just saying…

  3. Dane says:

    Go figure we have millions of people out of work in this country and it takes the idiots on the left to make news out of a bottle of water. It goes to show where their mind set is on the non important things. Watch out Rubio they are going to find a way to tax you on all that water you drink. I think its time for a beer. Oh thats right Obama's beer summit I never got invited to that.

  4. Elaine says:

    The Dems can't find anything wrong with Rubio's speech they have to make one up. To bad it came back and bit them in the butt!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Get over it.

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