TIME Magazine cover subject Marco Rubio delivered the GOP’s response to President Obama’s State of the Union address last night. But while it was a big moment for the 41-year-old Florida Senator, and a chance for the Republican Party to counter Obama’s wide-ranging speech, the most memorable moment of Rubio’s night was when he nervously leaned over to grab a bottle of water and take a big gulp.
Twitter, predictably, exploded:
Twiiter going off on Marco Rubio water bottle. Really dousing him—
(@HowardKurtz) February 13, 2013
Marco Rubio: the man you want to have a desperate gulp of water with.—
Paul Begala (@PaulBegala) February 13, 2013
Do you guys remember when Marco Rubio took a sip of water last night? Man, I can't make this stuff up.—
Christine Erickson (@christerickson) February 13, 2013
Several parody accounts sprang up almost instantly — for Rubio’s water bottle and for its maker, Poland Spring. The Senator was happy to join in the joke, posting a picture of his near-empty bottle of water after the speech on his Twitter account.
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This isn’t the first time the thirsty Senator has had water issues during a speech. Taking the stage after that memorable Clint Eastwood performance at the Republican National Convention last August, Rubio — having taken a sip from a bottle on the podium — joked, “I think I just drank Clint Eastwood’s water.”
For those wanting a #gulpgate-free analysis of the official GOP rebuttal to the State of the Union speech, you can read TIME’s Michael Grunwald here.