Rubio reaches for water, starting #ZeroDarkThirsty meme [VIDEO]
(CNN) — Sen. Marco Rubio continued to poke fun at himself Wednesday morning after his now-famous sip of water made a big splash during the Republican response to the State of the Union.
“God has a way of reminding us that we’re human, every now and then,” Rubio said in Spanish on CNN en Español’s “Café.”
Rubio could be seen wiping drips of sweat off his face a few times during his response Tuesday night. Then at one point, he paused and lunged sideways–still looking at the camera–to grab a small bottle of water and take a swig.
The junior senator from Florida gave his 15-minute address shortly after taping the same speech in Spanish. But, Rubio said Wednesday, he didn’t “need the water then.”
“This only happened in English!” Rubio joked, adding that his mouth “was very dry from speaking so much.”
“These things happen,” he continued.
The senator himself acknowledged the awkward break on Twitter after the speech, and the moment instantly went viral.
“It’s famous now,” Rubio said, referring to the photo of the water bottle that spread quickly online. “And I think they’ve given that company a lot of publicity.”
Asked about the thirsty episode on a separate morning news show, Rubio jokingly reached over–out of the shot–to grab a water bottle and take a sip.
“I needed water. What am I going to do, you know?” he said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
On CBS’ “This Morning,” Rubio was asked if the he needed water because he was nervous.
“No, when you talk a lot, it happens,” he said.
During speeches with podiums, he added, speakers normally have some water right there in front of them.
“When you’re standing up in front of a camera, you don’t have that option,” he said. “It had been a long day at work. I 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.”
Rubio took a lighthearted approach to the moment, as did others — many of whom started internet memes like #ZeroDarkThirsty.
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