Media Rip Rubio’s Sip Slip

Water-gate.

CNN:  "We were joking."

CNN: ” Joking” “tease.”  Politico.

Marco Rubio’s drinking problem” Politico: Twitter exploded during Sen. Marco Rubio’s Republican response to the State of the Union, as the Florida senator appeared a little sweaty and dry-mouthed at mid-speech, taking an awkward swig from a bottle of water that had been placed off-camera. Rubio handled the hullabaloo with some humor, later tweeting a picture of the water bottle.  Politico fact-checks Rubio’s remarks.

“Inexplicably odd for a politician so accustomed to being under the media spotlight.” Miami HeraldRubio later tweeted a photo of the bottle.  NYDNAnd spun:

“My mouth got dry and I had to get some water,” Rubio said later Wednesday morning on Fox News. “You know, when you give a speech on a podium and the water is right there – but when you don’t, you start looking around thinking, ‘Where am I going to get the water?'”

It’s a lectern and not a podium.  I give up correcting the world.

Marco Rubio Water

Marco Rubio Water

Marco Rubio’s Poland Spring.

Marco Rubio Sweats

Albert Brooks Broadcast News

Nervous Albert Brooks sweats through virgin news anchoring. Broadcast News 1987.

Obama Drinking Water

“Liberal media lavish praise on Obama but mercilessly mock Rubio’s water break.” Fox News.

Antonio Carlos JobimAgua de Beber” (Water to drink) Astrud Gilberto 1965:

Related: “Body Language Experts say Obama Exuded Dominance and Empathy” Wash Post:

“His job was to convince Congress that, in coming together, everybody wins. And he did. He came across as warm and convincing. He needed to be dominant and forceful without being aggressive.”

“Cherry-picking” jobs numbers.  Wash Post‘s Glenn Kessler fact-checks Obama‘s SOTU claimsObama “preaches populism and practicality”  NYDN.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 @ 8:22 AM


  • Sentinel

    Rubio’s rebuttal was very uninspiring to say the least. If this is the crown jewel of the GOP, then it will be another 8 years of unbridled socialism from 2016 to 2024 – the end of this country.

  • Geezer

    Well, Rubio could have been worse.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1F4W0R1Zr_8

  • Jimbotalk

    The response could have been, and should have been, taped in advance, with the option of going live if the president tossed anybody a curve.  Having said that, Rubio showed me that, under pressure, he does what needs to be done with grace and aplomb.  That alone won’t make him my favorite for president in 4 years, but it’s points in his column.  And he’s light years ahead of Clinton, Biden, Cuomo, O’Malley, or whomever else the dems dredge up. 

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      I just don’t get why he was so nervous.   As soon as I saw what was going on, my crazy cranium dredged up the sweating scene in BROADCAST NEWS.

    • Jimbotalk

      Yeah, that was inspired, Marty!  I just saw that again a couple of weeks ago!

  • John Cobb

    Rubio will be the next President, the media will not be able to use any wedges with Hispanics this time..

    …and with the current course that the WH has set for the next four years, it means that the nation will be dangerously close to Bankruptcy–that’s not a joke–.

    ..that should do the trick.

    • 4lsanday

      How about a rubio/ dr. Ben Carson ticket. Get my vote in a heartbeat.

    • John Cobb

      Dr. Carson is probable too smart to get  more involved in politics, but if he did, he would be doing the nation a favor.

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      Hmmm. Could be a winning ticket!
      Via BlackBerry

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      What about Hillary?
      Via BlackBerry

    • John Cobb

      She can be President under the condition she doesn’t make policy, O-man got that one right.