I like Senator Marco Rubio. And I actually thought he did a fantastic job delivering the Republican response to the President’s state of the union address. Nevertheless, the substance of his speech has been eclipsed by a very human moment while delivering his remarks. It was clear about halfway through the speech that Senator Rubio’s mouth was dry. So he finally gave in and reached for a bottle of water.
The moment turned out to be awkward and hilarious. Instead of simply walking over and picking up the water, Senator Rubio leans over and sort of looks both ways as if he’s trying to be sneaky. He gulps the water, the sound of which can be heard loud and clear through his microphone. I’ve watched this several times already, and it cracks me up every time.
Delivering the response to the state of the union address is notoriously difficult. Many good men have washed-up trying. But I don’t think that Senator Rubio dropped the ball. His speech was still very effective (at least the first half of it was). The drink of water will be funny for 15 minutes, and then I suspect that most people will forget about it. If opponents try to bring it up moving toward 2016, I think most voters will ignore it as irrelevant. Why? Because it is. But for now, I’m going to enjoy the humor of it.
I’m happy to see that Senator Rubio has a sense of humor. After completing his remarks, he tweeted this picture:
Rubio appeared on ABC News the morning after his speech where he again proved his ability to laugh at himself. For my part, I appreciate it when a guy doesn’t take himself too seriously. Rubio explained, “God has a funny way of reminding us we’re human.” See below: