Rubio reaches for water during his speech following President Obama’s State of the Union? Believe it or not, he did, and it was both a strange and incredibly awkward moment, despite the “water reaching” lasting just a few seconds.
In the speech, the US Senator used his GOP platform to dissect President Obama’s State of the Union address, pointing out areas where he and the 44th President disagreed on several issues.
In the speech, Rubio lambasted the idea of more government, saying the following:
“More government isn't going to help you get ahead. It's going to hold you back. More government isn't going to create more opportunities. It's going to limit them.”
Still, it was the moment Rubio reached for bottled water that’s causing his speech to go viral—and not for the reasons he intended.
About 12 minutes into his 18-minute long speech, Rubio’s voice appears to become a bit shaky. He then looks off camera, bends down, and simultaneously reaches for something off screen.
Rubio then comes back into frame with a small water bottle, drinks it while looking into the camera, and then awkwardly bends and reaches down, again, to place the water bottle down out of frame.
It’s a normal, human thing to do—even when giving an on-camera speech. But when your speech follows President Obama’s, and you’re considered the hope of the Republican party, the water reaching moment becomes beyond awkward.
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