After President Obama delivered his first State of the Union Address since being re-elected, the Republican party hand-picked Florida Sen. Marco Rubio to give the party's rebuttal. It didn't workout as well as they had hoped.
President Obama laid out an outline for where he wanted to take the country. From an economic message of investing in education, raising the minimum wage and making pre-school available to every child in America. The president pivoted to issues such as LGBT rights, climate change and war. The president noted that over 30,000 troops will be leaving Afghanistan by the end of 2013 and ended his speech with an emotional plea for action on common sense gun laws.
While the president was classy, presidential and to the point, the Republican counter wasn't as graceful. Sen. Rubio spoke for just over 18 minutes, less than a fifth of the time as the president. Rubio attempted to connect with the audience by promoting himself as the "anti-Romney," citing his middle class upbringing. The problem with Rubio's speech was that he spent half the time talking about his love for government, he went to school with federal loans and his parents used Medicare, but spent the other half tearing down government and making it seem as though the government and the president are some sort of evil entity.
The most noteworthy moment from Rubio's speech wasn't his false claims and rhetoric, but rather an awkward moment of the senator grabbing a tiny water bottle and chugging it live on the air. The internet went viral and memes and articles popped up attacking Rubio's questionable actions. Appearing on ABC's "Good Morning America" Tuesday morning, Rubio claimed that it was just God's way of reminding him that he was human.
“I needed water, what am I going to do, you know? “It happens...God has a funny way of reminding us we’re human"
Whether it was "God" making Rubio thirsty or the senator just making a bad decision, Marco Rubio found himself in the spotlight following President Obama's big speech, just not in the way he was hoping for.