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HOW MARCO RUBIO TURNED WATER INTO... WATER BOTTLES AND TWITTER FOLLOWERS

Posted by on Feb. 18, 2013 at 6:38 PM
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by Sean Sullivan and Aaron Blake on February 14, 2013 at 6:30 am

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is turning bottled water into water bottles.


In the 30-plus hours since Rubio’s awkward swig of water toward the end of his much-hyped response to President Obama’s State of the Union, the Florida senator has swiftly moved to turn an unexpected glitch to his advantage.

Let’s be clear: Rubio’s apparent bout of dry mouth, which seemed to get worse and worse until he suddenly reached for water minutes later was, well, awkward. Really awkward. And it stole some attention away from the words he was speaking in one of the biggest speeches of his career.

But the aftermath of the episode has demonstrated Rubio’s political savvy. In his Wednesday interviews, he took it all in stride. Rubio’s message was that he too was chuckling about the incident.

“I figured I was better off taking that water and taking the hit for it than being unable to pronounce my words at the end of it,” he told Fox News. On CBS, he said with a chuckle: “It had been a long day of work, had already taped an 18-minute speech in Spanish, so I’m just glad the water was nearby. I don’t know what I would have done without it.”

He’s also been raising money off of Tuesday night, offering water bottles branded with his name for donations of $25 or more, raising over $100,00 for his PAC in just a couple days. 


And finally, Rubio’s been laughing at himself via Twitter:

Picked up over 13,000 new followers on  since last night! Im going to start drinking  in the middle of all of my speeches!

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Rubio is the Republican Party’s marquee figure right now, and as such, everything he does – both good and bad – will be scrutinized extra closely. If he ends up running for president, we’ll look back at Tuesday night as an early test of his ability to cope with unanticipated developments.

So far, he’s holding his own. Politicians are going to mess up every now and again. Period. It’s just going to happen. The talented ones can turn an unfortunate incident on its head, show some humility, humanity, and humor, and ultimately put it behind them.

After Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) delivered a widely panned response to Obama’s first speech before a joint session of Congress in 2009, he never really engaged the public in its aftermath the way Rubio is doing now. That speech might not have damaged Jindal’s long-term political prospects, but it followed him for a while in a way that could have been avoided had he reacted differently afterward.

Tuesday’s speech plays right into this narrative. Rubio found himself in an uncomfortable position a lot of people could probably picture themselves in. And ultimately, he was a good sport about it.

Part of Rubio’s swift political rise is due to the relatable personality he projects. He’ll chat in detail about rap music, likes movies you might find in a college freshman’s collection, and has demonstrated a sense of humor. In other words, he hasn’t been seen as a distant politician with interests that don’t align with everyday Americans.

Rubio had a close-up view last year of how opponents successfully fueled the narrative that Mitt Romney lacked personality and charisma and never could quite shake off the perception that he was awkward. He looks determined not to let anything like that happen to him.

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SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Feb. 18, 2013 at 6:54 PM
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Now that's what I call landing on your feet. With a smile.

He really could have started with a bigger water bottle during his speech - That is the smallest, wimpiest one I've ever seen.


SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Feb. 18, 2013 at 7:51 PM

BUMP!

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Feb. 18, 2013 at 7:51 PM

BUMP!

4kidz916
by Gold Member on Feb. 18, 2013 at 8:01 PM
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Good for him!  He's making this into a positive for himself. 

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Feb. 18, 2013 at 8:19 PM
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I didn't think it was possible at first to make it positive.

And then when I heard he Tweeted a picture of the notorious water bottle just an hour or so after the speech, I thought, this guy is clever. So the later developments were also surprises, but increasingly not. A pleasant experience finally.

We've got someone who can laugh at himself and not freak out when minor mishaps occur. Mishaps libs are dying to see and broadcast. Touche, MSM.

Quoting 4kidz916:

Good for him!  He's making this into a positive for himself. 



jcrew6
by Jenney on Feb. 18, 2013 at 8:54 PM
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Compare the airtime in MSM.  Less talk about Menedez (D)  and the accusations of bribery, underage sex, etc.  more time talking about Rubio and "watergate".  

LIKE wish Rubio plenty of success and hope he continues down his current path.  

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Feb. 18, 2013 at 9:01 PM

EXACTLY! I heard that either MSNBC or all the MSM showed the water incident something like 150-200 times within a 24 hour period. 

Which one is a felony that will get you sent to the Big House: having sex with underage girls, or reaching awkwardly for a water bottle?

Priorities. It's interesting that Libs "fight The War Against Women", except when one of theirs commits a felony in that area. NOW and female Democrats are strangely silent.

Quoting jcrew6:

Compare the airtime in MSM.  Less talk about Menedez (D)  and the accusations of bribery, underage sex, etc.  more time talking about Rubio and "watergate".  

LIKE wish Rubio plenty of success and hope he continues down his current path.  



Stephanie329
by Bronze Member on Feb. 18, 2013 at 9:28 PM
I didn't see it. How can sipping a drink of water be awkward? Most speakers keep water at hand. Now I'm curious! Whatever it was, I'm glad he didn't let it get him down.
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grandmab125
by Platinum Member on Feb. 18, 2013 at 9:31 PM
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 The dems are afraid of Rubio.  They are already trying to minimize him in the eyes of Americans.

Quoting SallyMJ:

EXACTLY! I heard that either MSNBC or all the MSM showed the water incident something like 150-200 times within a 24 hour period. 

Which one is a felony that will get you sent to the Big House: having sex with underage girls, or reaching awkwardly for a water bottle?

Priorities. It's interesting that Libs "fight The War Against Women", except when one of theirs commits a felony in that area. NOW and female Democrats are strangely silent.

Quoting jcrew6:

Compare the airtime in MSM.  Less talk about Menedez (D)  and the accusations of bribery, underage sex, etc.  more time talking about Rubio and "watergate".  

LIKE wish Rubio plenty of success and hope he continues down his current path.  

 

 

 

grandma B

Stephanie329
by Bronze Member on Feb. 18, 2013 at 9:32 PM
Ok, so I googled it. It did look awkward, but to garner this much attention (I didn't have to look far) is crazy.
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