If, like me, your vote to watch Tuesday’s episode of “Dance Moms” was vetoed by nobler Americans in favor of watching the State of the Union address, you may have seen Florida Senator Marco Rubio deliver the GOP response. More likely is that in all your social media goings on, you’ve stumbled upon some sort of reference to his awkward intermission and grapple for a tiny bottle of water.
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Bless him. “Marco Rubio water” pops up in the Google search bar before you can even finish typing the poor guy’s last name. In case you missed it, here’s the video. Or one of them. There are many YouTube submissions of the gaffe with titles ranging from the demure to “Marco Rubio is THIRSTY.”
I’ve always been a bit of a fan of Rubio’s, simply because, in the words of the Scottish Korean man from the Starburst commercial, he’s a juicy contradiction. At 41-years-old, Rubio is the GOP’s next big thing. The Miami native is the son of Cuban immigrants, but only about 18% of Latino voters classify themselves as Republican. (Resurgent Republic has a great site full of other statistics on Hispanics in America.)
I couldn’t tell you much about Rubio’s speech, aside from that uncomfortable reach off-screen for the world’s tiniest bottle of water. The media has dubbed the bottle snag “The new ‘Watergate.'”
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Far from a scandal, “The new ‘Watergate'” has made Rubio look pretty darn good. It seems that the public has responded well to the gaffe. Rubio’s response? “I needed water. What am I going to do?”
An article on theage.com highlights some of the most hilarious tweets about the incident, in addition to explaining that Rubio had taped the response to the State of the Union in Spanish immediately before he addressed the nation. Of course the guy was thirsty.
An NPR story extolled Rubio’s authenticity. On a night where everything from suits to speeches to hugs and handshakes were choreographed, Rubio’s thirst may have been the only authentic thing. It generated an honest response, both on the part of the Senator and the public. It was obviously unplanned (that great big reach out of camera shot) and incredibly uncomfortable. And we ate it up.
So, my hat’s off to Senator Rubio. Thank you for providing us social media fodder and the opportunity to show off our water puns. But most of all, on a night that was planned to the T, thanks for giving us a little something human. Stay thirsty, my friend.