Marco Rubio’s Gulpgate

Sen. Marco Rubio had a dry mouth during the Republican Address to the Nation, leading to an awkward, off-screen grab for a Poland Spring bottle. UPDATE: Rubio responds.

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Sen. Marco Rubio had a dry mouth during the Republican Address to the Nation, leading to an awkward, off-screen grab for a Poland Spring bottle.

Rubio poked some fun at himself afterwards, tweeting out a picture of the water bottle.

UPDATE: Rubio responds on ABC’s Good Morning America.  “I needed water, what am I going to do?” Rubio said on Wednesday. “God has a funny way of reminding us we’re human.”

Watch the clip below:

Click here to read Rubio’s full address to the nation.

78 comments
MehrganHD
MehrganHD

The common title of liberal media: Rubio drinks water!!!!  The media remind me of Joseph Goebbels!  

If you trusted liberal media, you should urgently visit a psychologist! 

Patty Cortes Rubio
Patty Cortes Rubio

to Time magazine,with the Rubio cover you lost the last speck of respect I still had for you.....

jilli.brown
jilli.brown

I guess tripping over the inconsistencies in his commentary made him thirsty.  I couldn't have gone to college without the federal government - I hate the federal government. Sheesh...good thing righties have short attention spans or they'd realize what a freakin' hypocrite their "savior" is.

PerryWhite1
PerryWhite1

No wonder Time says Rubio is the GOP's savior: He turned water into whine.

JayQuibodeaux
JayQuibodeaux

I used to sing in an a cappella group. Once, we had a high-profile gig where I had to sing lead on a fast-paced tune, and on the last moments of the song prior to my lead, I felt the saliva evaporating. Took a quick swig of water before singing the next tune, but, sadly, it just didn't cut it. My lips and gums became one. Had to use extra force to detach my lip from my gums as I sang. Ugh.

So, I knew what was happening to Rubio pretty early on -- saw the tell-tale signs (the extra, seemingly unnecessary movement of the lips). Shortly before he grabbed for the water, I wondered if blood was gonna start running from his mouth because his bone-dry lips kept rubbing against his bone-dry gums. Then, he realized it was better to look awkward than to look bloody :-).

At least it made listening to the same hypocritical drivel a little more interesting.

ThirstyBarbarian
ThirstyBarbarian

One thing that I learned from watching Bear Grylls is that if you are ever in a survival situation like Rubio was, you can survive for some time by drinking your own urine. 

Brent Combs
Brent Combs

its stories like this that are why I have utterly no respect for Time any more. time is basically a sophisticated tmz.

ThirstyBarbarian
ThirstyBarbarian

The whole thing is a viral marketing campaign for Poland Spring. 

ThirstyBarbarian
ThirstyBarbarian

Actually the awkward gulp came as a big relief to me. 

This is the first time I've seen Rubio speak, so I was interested to see how well he would do. At first, I thought it was going pretty well --- nothing really new for the GOP, but some good personal touches from Rubio, and well delivered. I thought he was well spoken, even if i didn't agree with him. 

Then at some point he took a real quick swipe with his finger along the side of his face, and I thought, What is it? Does he have an Itch? Maybe he's hot and had to wipe some sweat. 

At that point I noticed that he seemed a bit thirsty. His voice got a bit mushy, like he couldn't work up any spit, and he seemed to be trying to swallow after every sentence. You could hear the sticky sound of dry mouth as he talked. I couldn't pay any attention to what he was saying, because I was too fascinated with how stressed he looked and how he seemed to be dying of thirst right in front of meI

I kept thinking, Doesn't he have a cup of water? Can't anyone see he is dying?

He took another swipe at the other side of his face, looking really uncomfortable. And a minute later, when he looked like he was finally going to choke from cotton mouth, he actually wiped the corners of his mouth with his fingers, like he thought he might have a little bit of foam on his lips!

By this point I was gulping my own drink down in a sympathetic effort to get him some relief. Watching someone that thirsty makes me thirsty. So I was chugging down my drink in an effort to help his thirst! Why won't anyone help him?

When he finally lunged off screen for the water bottle, I actually shouted, "Thank God! Take as much time as you need, bro!"

Basically, I missed two thirds of the speech because I was was squirming in discomfort the whole time, watching a man die of thirst, like some old prospector trapped in the desert.


notLostInSpace
notLostInSpace

We are reaching lower depths (note we are already about as low as I thought possible) when we complain that someone needed a drink of water during a speech.  Maybe if he was gulping down a Red Bull or a beer, or shot of vodka we'd have something really to sink our teeth in.

micahjmurray
micahjmurray

@JustinWise the meme is worse than the actual event was. a month from now nobody will remember.

ThirstyBarbarian
ThirstyBarbarian

Another good reason not to smoke a fatty before your big speech.

Pollopa
Pollopa

What is seriously interesting is that there was so much "nothing new here" that this is the lead.

Where were the ideas, the in depth views on immigration reform..... we already know they are the opposition party.

Frank M Vizza
Frank M Vizza

Time should spend as much time getting to the bottom of Bengazi.

Hollywooddeed
Hollywooddeed

My grandma always told me to never lie because it causes dry mouth.

Jeff Lindstrom
Jeff Lindstrom

I had a feeling the liberal media would focus on that. Obama will keep killing Americans with drones, destroying the credit rating of the nation, and leading us to ruin, but the fact that Marco Rubio drinks water is a more interesting story. America is over.

PaulDirks
PaulDirks

First rule of performance. Make sure your drink is within reach before you start. Other than that, what's the BFD?????


sandifjm
sandifjm

@MehrganHD It wouldn't help.  All of the psychologists believe in science, reason and other "socialist conspiracies".

ThirstyBarbarian
ThirstyBarbarian

@sacredh The "government can't change the weather" quip really galled me. 

Maybe Rubio didn't drink water because he is preparing himself for the massive droughts that will come with climate change? 

bobdame83
bobdame83

Rubio only swigged a small gulp of water; whereas you have been imbibing the Obama koolaid by the gallon...

notsacredh
notsacredh

Rubio could have been going through withdraw. At least he didn't shoot up on camera.

notsacredh
notsacredh

"By this point I was gulping my own drink down in a sympathetic effort to get him some relief. Watching someone that thirsty makes me thirsty. So I was chugging down my drink in an effort to help his thirst! Why won't anyone help him?"

Lol. I've noticed that my wife lights a cigarette if somebody on tv does.



 

Pollopa
Pollopa

How much popcorn did you consume?

bryanfred1
bryanfred1

Certainly implies a slow news day.  I particularly like the post above with The Gulp in slow motion.  Very dramatic.

Now Paul Ryan drinking three gallons during the VP debate, that was news.

LohansDad
LohansDad

@notLostInSpace


You don't think we already reached that depth when a candidate's birth certificate was under question?

PerryWhite1
PerryWhite1

@Hollywooddeed That was my first thought as well. I said, to no one in particular, "Lying makes your mouth dry."

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Preparedness, PD.  Marco Polo shoulda drunk some water or done something to avoid dry throat/mouth.  He who can't deal with little things can't deal with much.

AfGuy
AfGuy

@PaulDirks 

Could have been worse... youtube has a clip of a reporter whose "nature call" occurred right in the middle of a broadcast. Nothing like watching someone waddle off into the background of the shot with their "cheeks" visibly clenched.

Would have given new meaning to the term "reBUTTal"...

jilli.brown
jilli.brown

@bobdame83   Wow bob, that's really clever.  Did you think of that all by yourself?

ThirstyBarbarian
ThirstyBarbarian

@sacredh Before the speech, Rubio attempted to hydrate with Maker's Mark --- heard it now contains 7% more water. Great thirst-quencher! 

ThirstyBarbarian
ThirstyBarbarian

@sacredh The brownie he ate during Obama's speech started to kick in halfway through his own. You have to time these things carefully...

reallife
reallife

@sacredh"I've noticed that my wife lights a cigarette if somebody on tv does."

 so tell us about the lies she told while listening to the state of the union speech ;)

ThirstyBarbarian
ThirstyBarbarian

@Pollopa Next time, Rubio will know better than to have Democrats stock the green room snacks --- popcorn, pretzels, Pringles... 

ThirstyBarbarian
ThirstyBarbarian

@Pollopa LOL! Funny you should ask. I almost never eat popcorn but my wife and I had shared some during a movie before the SOTU. Maybe Rubio ate a bucket of popcorn during Obama's speech? 

bobell
bobell

Paul Ryan drinking three gallons and not needing a bathroom break during the entire 90 minutes -- that was news.

But then he and his bladder are still young.  And I'll bet he has special exercises to strengthen it.