It was an offhand gesture, but it captured the attention of the Internet in the way only such small moments can.
Immediately following the speech, #songsforrubio and #rubiofilms were trending topics, as was #watergate--which certainly wasn't referring to the hotel or President Nixon's downfall. Several comedic Twitter accounts, including @RubioH2OBottle were immediately launched.
When all is said and done, Rubio's water bottle may be the most memorable moment from the 2013 State of the Union.
Rubio himself had probably the best response of them all, tweeting a photo of the water bottle shortly after the speech ended.
Here are some of the best of the rest:
Does Rubio do the water lunge in the Spanish version?If not Latinos got cheated. #SOTU— Col. Morris Davis (@ColMorrisDavis) February 13, 2013
Zero Dark Thirsty #RubioFilms— Thirsty Rubio(@ThirstySenator) February 13, 2013
#RubioFilms The Good, the Bad, the Parched— Liberal Librarian (@Lib_Librarian) February 13, 2013
#RubioFilms A river runs through it— adept2u (@adept2u) February 13, 2013
Like Water For Elephants. #RubioFilms— RLMiller (@RL_Miller) February 13, 2013
Waterworld #RubioFilms (Also a disaster.)— sjglass (@UrquhartMP) February 13, 2013
The Thirst Games#RubioFilms— Sam Embree (@dewbree) February 13, 2013
#songsforrubio" Let Me Clear My Throat" by DJ Kool— Huggy Lowdown (@HuggyLowdownDC) February 13, 2013
#songsforrubio - Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water— -_- (@Sh0Nuff85) February 13, 2013
Playing on the Dos Equis motto was a popular gag
I don't always drink H2O..but when I do, I prefer it be during the most important speech of my career. Stay thirsty my friends. #watergate— Zodiac Rebel (@ZeddRebel) February 13, 2013
Republicans upset with Rubio for diluting talking points. #Watergate— Lanre Akinsiku (@Lanre_Ak) February 13, 2013
Rubio did a terrific job with a tough gig.He even put his own spin on the SOTU drinking game by reaching for H20.Nice!— Monica Crowley (@MonicaCrowley) February 13, 2013
Paul Ryan clearly established a trend to prove Republicans do love clean water.And LOTS of it.— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) February 13, 2013
So excited for #Watergate!!! Wait, is that taken already?— Eric Silver (@primesilver) February 13, 2013