Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.,
By Jae C. Hong, AP
By Catalina Camia, USA TODAY
Marco Rubio, welcome to the unrelenting, in-the-moment world of
Twitter. Your swig of water on live, national TV is bringing out the
inner comedian of people who like to comment in 140 characters or less.
are five wisecracks about the Florida senator's now-memorable sip
Tuesday night during the Republican response to President Obama's State
of the Union Address:
"Time Magazine was wrong. If Rubio were the GOP savior, he would have WALKED on that water," posted Wyeth Ruthven, who describes himself as a recovering blogger and South Carolina expatriate.
Actor Rob Lowe: "Congratulations to Sen. Marco Rubio for his eloquent, and needed, demonstration of the importance of being hydrated."
"I blame climate change for Rubio's unseasonal thirst," tweeted Brian Beutler, a congressional reporter for Talking Points Memo.
Democratic strategist Paul Begala: "If Rubio had chugged a Shiner Bock instead of fru-fru bottled water, he might have my vote."
And for anyone who has seen the movie Broadcast News, here's this ditty from actor Albert Brooks. (Spoiler alert: The line wryly references the scene where Brooks flops at reading the evening news.)
"I didn't see Marco Rubio's speech but I just got a residual check," Brooks tweeted.
spent part of Wednesday poking fun at his very human moment. But
there's a chance this isn't the end of what some on Twitter are calling
The incident happened Tuesday night about 10:45 p.m.
ET - too late to get lampooned by the likes of Leno, Letterman, Conan
and Jimmy Kimmel. Stay tuned.
(Contributing: Desair Brown)