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Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Marco Rubio’s water grab becomes the talk of Twitter and social media

Since the mid-1960s, when Lyn­don John­son was pres­i­dent, the par­ty not in con­trol of the White House has pro­vid­ed a for­mal response to the State of the Union Address for tele­vi­sion and radio net­works to air a few min­utes fol­low­ing the con­clu­sion of the main event. Repub­li­cans car­ried on that tra­di­tion tonight, tap­ping Sen­a­tor Mar­co Rubio of Flori­da to deliv­er a speech crit­i­ciz­ing Pres­i­dent Oba­ma’s pol­i­cy direc­tions and putting words in his mouth.

Rubio’s speech — a mix of right wing boil­er­plate and invec­tive aimed at Pres­i­dent Oba­ma — were noth­ing we haven’t heard before. But while the con­tent of his speech may have been for­get­table, the deliv­ery was not.

By the time Rubio uttered the words “God bless Amer­i­ca”, his speech had turned into grist for thou­sands upon thou­sands of con­ver­sa­tions on Twit­ter, Face­book, Tum­blr, and oth­er social net­works.

Jami­son Fos­er was among the first to land a zinger:

Why is Mar­co Rubio speak­ing from inside a doll­house?

— Jami­son Fos­er (@jamisonfoser) Feb­ru­ary 13, 2013

To which Antho­ny Clark replied:

@jamison­fos­er @ericboehlert Why is he speak­ing, peri­od?

— Antho­ny Clark (@Anmclark) Feb­ru­ary 13, 2013

Oth­ers soon began to won­der why Rubio kept lick­ing his lips and wip­ing his face and fore­head. Appar­ent­ly, he was feel­ing a bit warm as well as thirsty, because about mid­way through the speech, he ducked to grab a half-pint sized water bot­tle — which he pro­ceed­ed to take a gulp from.

He then ducked down again to put the water bot­tle back where it had been, all while try­ing to main­tain eye con­tact with the cam­era. These awk­ward few sec­onds imme­di­ate­ly inspired a seem­ing­ly end­less series of jokes.

Rubio’s water grab was quick­ly immor­tal­ized in the form of an ani­mat­ed GIF.

Marco Rubio is thirsty....

Mar­co Rubio is thirsty.…

The GIF quick­ly began spread­ing like wild­fire. A #RubioFilms hash­tag was cre­at­ed short­ly there­after, and has received some fair­ly inge­nious snarky con­tri­bu­tions from pro­gres­sive activists. Here’s a sam­pling:

The Unbear­able Dry­ness of Being #RubioFilms

— doug pot­ter (@dpotr) Feb­ru­ary 13, 2013

#RubioFilms You can lead a Rubio to water, but drink­ing it is awk­ward

— Jan #Unite­Blue (@Jipso19) Feb­ru­ary 13, 2013

The Leg­end of Creepy Swal­low #RubioFilms #Gulp

— eclec­ticbrotha (@eclecticbrotha) Feb­ru­ary 13, 2013

#RubioFilms “The Water­boy” Movie Poster –Every­body Will Feel His Pain-#GOP #Stu­pid twitter.com/eqracer/status…

— Def Jeff (@eqracer) Feb­ru­ary 13, 2013

Gone with the Water Bot­tle #RubioFilms(Maybe a lot of truth in that)

— Just Hus­sein Jo (@desertcronenm) Feb­ru­ary 13, 2013

All The Poland Springs’ Men #RubioFilms

— 21st CENTURY | Bill (@Political_Bill) Feb­ru­ary 13, 2013

#RubioFilms There Will Be Water

— Eat the Rich (@RATM4) Feb­ru­ary 13, 2013

A Few Good Gulps #RubioFilms

— Robert Etchell (@Rudy671985) Feb­ru­ary 13, 2013

An Incon­ve­nient Gulp #RubioFilms #Unite­Blue

— BlizzyBe Hus­sein O (@BlizzyBe) Feb­ru­ary 13, 2013

Zero Dark Thirsty!!! #RubioFilms LMAO

— ARM (@adirado29) Feb­ru­ary 13, 2013

Mean­while, over at Demo­c­ra­t­ic Under­ground , they’ve got a Pho­to­shop con­test going. Fresh entries are wel­come.

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3 Comments

  1. I think its a non-issue hon­est­ly. If the demo­c­ra­t­ic par­ty and its sup­port­ers want to con­tin­ue to be tak­en seri­ous­ly, they must rise above indulging in such pet­ty crit­i­cism. Oh no, the Sen­a­tor took a drink of water, film at 11!

    This is a non issue, it is not news­wor­thy, it is not even gos­sip wor­thy. Any­one who indulges in tweet­ing about this as some major mis­take needs to have their head exam­ined for chron­ic triv­ial pet­ti­ness.

    Do you think the aver­age Amer­i­can cares about this? Be hon­est now, if he were on the demo­c­ra­t­ic par­ty’s side, would you even both­er to men­tion it? Of course not. Its a non issue. ‘

    Its time pol­i­tics be about the poli­cies and direc­tion of the coun­try, (of which you may have valid rea­sons to debate Sen­a­tor Rubio on an dis­agree with), but pick­ing on a man for tak­ing a drink of water in the mid­dle of a speech is well, hon­est­ly a form of pas­sive aggres­sive, nit picky, pet­ty group think bul­ly­ing and every one who has indulged in it it should be ashamed of your­selves. We are bet­ter then this.

    # by B. Houdini :: February 13th, 2013 at 5:25 AM
  2. Hey, the SNL writ­ers need some mate­r­i­al.

    # by Mike Barer :: February 13th, 2013 at 1:02 PM
  3. Media is ridi­cul­ing Rubio for his water grab dis­play dur­ing his State of the Union response, but once the Repub­li­cans do tend to use “code lan­guage” in their pre­sen­ta­tions and ads, the inside jokes may be more mean­ing­ful.

    much like the invid­i­ous dis­crim­i­na­tion that has long become a rec­og­nized trade­mark of the GOP, the use of East­wood and the emp­ty chair requires peo­ple to deci­pher their code lan­guage to know what they are real­ly think­ing since they will not be forth­right.

    using mis­di­rec­tion and dis­tort­ed log­ic is one of the only meth­ods of their com­mu­ni­ca­tion that alerts to the extent of their devi­ous­ness.

    # by Pat :: February 14th, 2013 at 12:16 AM

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