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"Marco Rubio's Water [Sip] Goes Viral".

8:21 pm - 02/13/2013

Mr Rubio, an early favourite for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, argued sharply that Mr Obama's plans to raise new tax revenues and restrict cuts to government spending would only worsen America's unemployment crisis and bankrupt its expensive entitlement programmes.

Yet his attempts to strike a grave tone were occasionally undermined by a distracting physical display.He perspired under the hot television lights, repeatedly wiped his dry mouth and was eventually forced to reach out of the camera shot to grab a small bottle of Poland Spring mineral water in order to ease his thirst.

Social media was soon abuzz with commentators' claims that Mr Rubio may have been suffering from nerves, or had at least been poorly prepared. "I would have had that water bottle closer," Garrett Jackson, an assistant to Mitt Romney during last year's election campaign, said on Twitter. "Marco needs an aide".

Commentators immediately pounced: On CNN, Wolf Blitzer was captured saying, "uh oh" as Rubio put the water bottle down again, and gifs of the moment immediately popped up on Twitter.

"Rubio water" was in fact trending higher on social media than President Obama's address.

It wasn't long before the clip had even been given the super-slow motion musical treatment, thanks to US website Deadspin.

In an attempt to defuse the situation with humour, Mr Rubio promptly tweeted a photograph of his water bottle on his own Twitter account.

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I dont even care how tedious/frivolous the observations are, I cant stop laughing! So many things going on:

  • Rubio's straining/rushing nearly off-screen to reach for a bottle that was apparently sitting in like, THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE

  • the anxious attempt to maintain eye contact, then needing to break it in order to see where the fuck the water is

  • the size of the water bottle (IT'S SO SMALL)

  • the frantic/tiny sip (AFTER ALL THAT TROUBLE!) an the overly amplified gulp (STUPID MIC)

  • his then being forced to reach damn-near off camera again to set the damn thing down

  • The "thirst" meme that this appropriately invokes (may the GIF spam commence).

Im dying.

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martyfan 14th-Feb-2013 01:35 am (UTC)
Oh good, I'm not the only one.
muggy_wump 14th-Feb-2013 01:34 am (UTC)
This is stupid.
beuk 14th-Feb-2013 01:43 am (UTC)
no you
tabaqui 14th-Feb-2013 01:38 am (UTC)
Ah ha ha. Okay, yeah, that's funny. He's like - *jittering* with nerves, wtf.
ladypolitik 14th-Feb-2013 01:41 am (UTC)
I sorta "feel bad", in the sense that her obviously didn't place the water that far away from himself, and that an aid probably innocently screwed that up. But my god, the result is hilarious.
kaelstra 14th-Feb-2013 01:44 am (UTC)
This wouldn't be nearly as hilarious to me if that bottle weren't so ridiculously tiny.
ladypolitik 14th-Feb-2013 01:47 am (UTC)
I didnt even know they MADE bottled water that small...
ellonwye 14th-Feb-2013 01:45 am (UTC)
ha ha look at man drinka water
lamardeuse 14th-Feb-2013 01:47 am (UTC)
So this is one of the bright lights of the Republican party.

crooked_halo 14th-Feb-2013 04:18 am (UTC)
My thoughts exactly!
mollywobbles867 14th-Feb-2013 01:52 am (UTC)
The second it happened, I thought: A Meme is Born.
idemandjustice 14th-Feb-2013 02:03 am (UTC)
I didn't think there was anything remotely interesting. People sometimes need a drink of water when they're talking. Who the fuck cares?
ladypolitik 14th-Feb-2013 02:17 am (UTC)
Was the "slow news day™" tag the tip off, or do people usually exert real energy to express how much they dont care about clearly-labelled topics of minutia?
nightfury 14th-Feb-2013 02:17 am (UTC)
i've watched this at least 20 times and its still funny. the awkward way he keeps looking back at the camera kills me every time
nikoel 14th-Feb-2013 11:14 pm (UTC)
Same. It was hilarious when it happened, really hilarious (and cringe-worthy) when they replayed it on The Daily Show and Colbert Report and still hilarious now on video.
sophiaserpentia 14th-Feb-2013 02:21 am (UTC)
0.7 Jindals on the scale of SOTU Response Awkwardness.
ladypolitik 14th-Feb-2013 02:25 am (UTC)
Wait, I forgot -- what was it that made the Jindal SOTU response awkward a few years back? I recall the 30 Rock reference to that awkward intern character but I feel like there was more to it than that? Google gives me too-broad answers ("AWKWARD!").
jettakd 14th-Feb-2013 02:28 am (UTC)
If it were anyone but a guy like Rubio, I would feel terrible for them, but he's such an asshole I can't bring myself to care.
anaralia 14th-Feb-2013 03:24 am (UTC)
My first thought was that he was one of the Republicans who voted against the Violence Against Women Act. Screw him.
bmh4d0k3n GIF14th-Feb-2013 02:38 am (UTC)
hey_mayonegg Re: GIF14th-Feb-2013 02:46 am (UTC)
bless, the camera tried to stay with him
sihaya09 14th-Feb-2013 02:44 am (UTC)
Rachel Maddow has this gif ON CONSTANT LOOP at the bottom of her screen right now on MSNBC. Like, she's going about her business, interviewing her guest, and Rubio is sipping his drink every five seconds.

hey_mayonegg 14th-Feb-2013 02:46 am (UTC)
chimbleysweep 14th-Feb-2013 02:44 am (UTC)
I watched it, not expecting it to be too bad, but came way with the slap marks of secondhand embarrassment all over my face.
silmaril 14th-Feb-2013 08:40 pm (UTC)
After reading the post and the commentary here, I don't even dare watch it, because I'm extremely sensitive to secondhand embarrassment. I'd cringe myself into a pretzel.
keeperofthekeys 14th-Feb-2013 02:53 am (UTC)
ty for this post, it has provided much needed lulz

Watching this happen last night was so fucking awkward.
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