If you watched the State of the Union address and the Republican response, everybody should now know what Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fl) did during his rebuttal to the address. If not, here is a clip of what he did.
If you want to skip the political jib-jab, you can fast-forward to about 0:21 in the film to see the ever-so-awkward water grab and drink during his short speech. It was reported that Rubio had cotton mouth during part of speech, a case where you mouth has dried up to the point where you can no longer talk or swallow properly.A quick burst of hydration can solve that, which is why Senator Rubio quickly grabbed the bottle of water and took a quick sip.
This act has the country talking about how awkward he looked during that instant moment. As you can see, he failed to take his eyes of the camera and made an important speech, very very awkward.
Now, if there is anything I know about this country and our political figures is that fads happen from moments at signature events. Take this moment, for intance, during the first presidnetial debate of last year.
You can skip to 1:24 if you don’t want to hear more political jabber. But at 1:24, Mitt Romney makes a point to Lehrer that we needed to cut subsidies to PBS in order to decrease the deficit. In his reasoning, he said that “I like Big Bird, I actually like you too…” and the rest is history. After that moment, a lot of things happened in this country that was related to big bird. For instance:
- This Photo started circulating Twitter.
- The President started using Big Bird in his Presidential Ad’s
- Big Bird Costume sales skyrocketed
The point is that any notable comment or action made by political figures can automatically put anything into the national spotlight.
Remember in 2008 when John McCain referenced Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, or better known as “Joe the Plumber”? remember how the media ate that story up? Yeah, that is just another example in a long list of political monikers and gaffs that are brought to the attention of the general public.
Anyway, staying with recent events, it seems that a baseball team in Florida has decided to capture the latest political sensation with making a “Marco Rubio Water bottle night”. Now, Minor League ball clubs usually make goofy promotions because they don’t attract as much fans as the major league clubs without some wacky incentive, but this is just another example on how much one moment in a serious event like the State of the Union address can turn into a national punchline.
Even his facebook page has found a way to generate money from the gaffe:
This is a link to the article on cbssports.com where you can read all about the latest blunder, and can potentially see the Man of the Hour, Marco Rubio even throw out a first pitch. http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/blog/eye-on-baseball/21722076/minor-league-team-to-have-marco-rubio-water-bottle-giveaway-night
Just for kicks and gigs here are some other videos that can be viewed on the entire event.
Deadspin.com showing the gaffe in slow-mo
Daily Show Mocking Rubio: