Rubio Makes a Splash on Twitter With Water Break

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In this frame grab from video, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio takes a sip of water during his Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, on Feb. 12, 2013,

Updated at 9:20 am EST

Marco Rubio made waves on social media even before he finished his response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. By pausing during his rejoinder to reach for a small water bottle off camera and then taking a swig from it, the Florida senator opened floodgates for Internet memes and set #watergate and “Poland Springs” trending on Twitter.

“In the short time I’ve been here in Washington, nothing has frustrated me more than false choices like the ones the president laid out tonight,” Rubio said.

He then stepped to his left, picked up a water bottle and gulped in the middle of his rebuttal.

Rubio’s speech topped 2,500 words and touched on immigration, student loans and taxes (full text here). But there was only one word on Twitter’s collective mind by the time Rubio had finished: #thirsty.

Rubio, a frequent tweeter, was soon laughing along with the rest of the Twitterverse:

After inspiring the creation of at least 15 parody accounts on Twitter, Rubio hit the morning television circuit Wednesday with his water bottle in hand.

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

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