Rubio, who had mopped his brow a few times previously during the speech, was in the midst of maligning what he called "false choices" Mr. Obama laid out between big government and big business. But he interrupted his thought to grab a small water bottle apparently at his side, ducking down and nearly out of of the camera frame, before taking a sip and continuing with his remarks.
~ CBS News
"You know, when you talk a lot it happens. Unfortunately, when you're giving a speech you have a podium and the water's there. When you're standing up in front of a camera you don't have that option. It had been a long day at work, I had already taped an 18-minute speech in Spanish, so I'm just glad the water was nearby. I don't know what I would have done without it.
~ Marco Rubio on CBS This Morning
~ Wolf Blitzer of CNN when Rubio drank the water
Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, being given the honor tonight of giving his party's response to the President's State of the Union Address. Honestly, Mr. Rubio's speech will be remembered in part by the odd punctuation of the big reach for the water glass in the middle of it. That's just an odd staging in what was otherwise set up visually as a nice speech. I will say, in tone, proclaiming himself frustrated, kind of an edgy speech, hard-edged, laced throughout with criticism of the President, much more a speech about the President than a speech about the country.
~ Rachel Maddow on MSNBC
I thought it was tinkertoys. I thought it was primitive. Something you'd hear on a high school debating team. . . . There was no originality to it. It was basic. Again, it was tinkertoys, a kids presentation of a philosophy reduced to maybe the ninth-grade level. I'm sorry that's what it was.
~ Chris Matthews on MSNBC
Did not like the water bottle. Just suck it up. Just go with it and work through it because ... he was giving a strong speech, but it was an establishment speech, which was a little bothersome to me.
~ Ex-RNC Chairman Michael Steele on MSNBC
I think Sen. Rubio has got some work to do before he's ready for prime time.
~ Crooks and Liars
1. He's an amateur.
2. Say goodbye to 2016.
3. That wasn't water :-)
~ JohnnyBravo on Crooks and Liars
When you lie, you're dry.
~ Charlie U. on Huffington Post
Marco.... Polo... Marco... Polo.... Marco... Poland Springs
The drink of water thing was funny but when he squeegeed his forehead
I really LOL.
~ PotholesInMyLawn on Huffington Post
It ain't the water per se thats amusing it was the 2 seconds of sheer panic in his eyes.
~ cornerofthemoon on Huffington Post
So, yes, Marco Rubio proved you can manage to swallow just fine, but choke all the same.
~ Jed Lewison on Daily Kos
I think it's called Product Placement in the PR biz
~ doorguy on Daily Kos
Creepy started with the sweating. All those hands to the face to whip away the sweat. What's the matter Marko? Could it be all the lying you're doing that's making you sweat? Then the desperate drink of water and the Leave It To Beaver smile at the end. Like a crook being interrogated under a hot lamp at the police station. Totally unbelievable.
I'd like to play poker with him sometime.
~ Helpless on Daily Kos
Excuse me, the lies are getting stuck in my throat
~ jazzmaniac on Daily Kos
"I don't always drink water, but when I do, I prefer to be awkward. Stay thirsty, my friends." Marco Rubio— JamesPoyser (@jamespoyser) February 13, 2013
I don't always drink water. But when I do, it's in the middle of the biggest moment of my career. #staythirsty— David Waldman (@KagroX) February 13, 2013
Marco Rubio reveals himself to be The Most Uninteresting Man in the World.#StayThirsty my friends!— Ron Masters (@walrustexas) February 13, 2013
Groans at tv monitors in statuary hall when rubio reached for the water. Of such small moments are epochs made?— Howard Fineman (@howardfineman) February 13, 2013
Jesus walked on water. Rubio drank it #saviors (ok, done)— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) February 13, 2013
Marco Rubio needs a drink of water. Relentless lying gives you cotton mouth.— HumanityCritic (@HumanityCritic) February 13, 2013
And Rubio needs a glass of water, and tissue for his brow. #SOTU— Mike Signorile (@MSignorile) February 13, 2013
Marco Rubio: the man you want to have a desperate gulp of water with.— Paul Begala (@PaulBegala) February 13, 2013
The slo-mo is amazing - Deadspin XY: Let's All Watch Marco Rubio's Panicked Drink Of Water In Extreme Slow Motion deadspin.com/5983866/lets-a…— James Carter (@JECarter4) February 13, 2013
Like Water for Rubio.— Jennifer(@jhw2212) February 13, 2013
People in Rubio's state of Florida were denied a gulp of water though while standing in long lines to vote ow.ly/hFkjX— Be Mock (@bmockaveli) February 13, 2013
Twiiter going off on Marco Rubio water bottle. Really dousing him— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) February 13, 2013
The Rubio water thing is the move that launched a 1,000 .gifs.— The Fix (@TheFix) February 13, 2013
Marco Rubio's speech last night didn't hold water.#SOTU— Daniel Marino (@grampydan) February 13, 2013
I care that Marco Rubio voted against #vawa. I don't care that he took a sip of water during a speech.— Jason L (@Sierradrinker) February 13, 2013
I blame climate change for Rubio's unseasonal thirst.— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) February 13, 2013
Doesn't Rubio know that small Poland Spring water bottles are not environmentally friendly.He should drink straight vodka like Boehner.— TrueBlue Liberal (@TrueBlueLiberal) February 13, 2013
“How To Quickly Drink Water While Speaking On National Television In A Way That Absolutely No One Will Notice.” Instructor: M. Rubio— Jason Gore (@sonicdork) February 13, 2013
And with that sip of water, Rubio just gave Saturday Night Live their opening skit! LOL— Dee (@DeeVirgo914) February 13, 2013