Rubio's Big Drink Gets Big Buzz | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

NPR : News

Filed Under:

Rubio's Big Drink Gets Big Buzz

While Eyder was following the news from Tuesday's State of the Union address and others were analyzing what it all meant, the big moment for those on Twitter came during Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's Republican response.

And, no, the buzz wasn't about Rubio's effort to convince Americans that his party's embrace includes "those who aren't rich and white," as our colleague Liz Halloran wrote in her analysis of his address.

It was a dry-mouthed Rubio's big stretch for a big drink that turned him into a trending topic on Twitter — and, of course, into a GIF (one of those "compressed file formats for images that can be used to create simple, looping animations").

According to USA Today, "Twitter said there were about 9,200 tweets per minute at about 10:43 p.m. ET, after Rubio's sip of water. For a short time, #watergate and Poland Spring were trending on the micro-blogging site."

Rubio, by the way, has joined in the joking. He tweeted this message and a photo of his water bottle late Tuesday:

"#GOPResponse #SOTU #gop #tcot pic.twitter.com/3hxtgdbP."

(SOTU stands for "state of the union." TCOT is short for "top conservatives on Twitter.")

One of the other moments that's been turned into a popular GIF is the "exploding fist bump" exchanged by President Obama and Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill.

Update at 1:15 p.m. ET. Monkey See's Take On The Story:

"Rubio's Water Bottle And The Authenticity Craving."

Update at 12:45 p.m. ET. Poland Spring Touts Its "Cameo":

The bottling company says on its Facebook page that it had quite a night thanks to the senator. It is "reflecting on our cameo."

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

After Father's Death, A Writer Learns How 'The Japanese Say Goodbye'

Lost in a deep depression, Marie Mutsuki Mockett visited a temple owned by her mother's family near Fukushima. There, she found traditions and ways of thought that helped her work through her grief.
NPR

Watch 'Bob's Burgers'? Now You Can Eat Them, Too

What happens when you try to make a burger out of a pun? One blog, two years, and dozens of recipes later, millions of fans can now cook up their very own Bob's burgers.
NPR

Obama Makes Guest Appearance On Modi's Radio Show

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosts a radio show and this week his guest was President Barack Obama. They answered questions from a curious Indian public.
NPR

Facebook Suffers Self-Inflicted Outage

A Facebook statement said the disruption was caused by a technical change it made to the site and wasn't a cyberattack. The outage lasted an hour.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.