After President Obama's State of the Union Address, much of the chatter is not about his speech but about Marco Rubio's odd duck-and-reach move for water.
The Republican Senator from Florida was in tough spot, as are all politicians who follow a president's address. But in preparing for his response, Rubio could have done a better job planning where to keep-and how to access-water if he got thirsty.
"Then, the reach. Rubio stopped talking, but maintained eye contact with the camera and kept his head level. Out of frame, he must have been doing a really weird crouch.
"At the moment of contact with the bottle, Rubio must break eye contact with the TV audience and look at his beverage. A false move and he would have toppled the mini-bottle! So it's a quick camera-bottle-camera zag. Poor guy didn't know his nose was behind the C-SPAN logo, but he still managed to keep his eyes floating above the graphic."
This isn't the first time Rubio's presentation skills were criticized. When delivering a speech about immigration reform, he lost a page of his script and had to retrieve a copy from a staff member.
But the senator has a sense of humor. He tweeted a picture of a Poland Springs water bottle and, 17 hours later, this:
Not to miss a marketing opportunity, Poland Springs had some fun on its Facebook page. But this wasn't cute enough for The Huffington Post, which noted the company's response, delayed by a mere four or so hours: "Finally! After a dry spell of more than half a day..."
- What could Marco Rubio have done to prevent his awkward movement?
- How do you assess his tweets? What, if anything, could he have done differently?
- How do you assess Poland Spring's response? Do you agree with The Huffington Post's assessment that it took too long?