February 13, 2013

Yes, but there's a right way and a wrong way, and George Bush and Nancy Pelosi demonstrate the right way.

"What's the Big Deal? Everyone Gets Thirsty/Rubio Is Not Alone"... A photo-gallery of 10 politicians drinking water.

32 comments:

Chip S. said...

Did public figures used to have such powerful thirsts?

Did Lincoln carry a canteen around town?

MadisonMan said...

The internet echo chamber latches on to a topic for the day.

Oclarki said...

Why didn't he have a glass of water handy instead of a dopey plastic water bottle? It looked like he thought the camera was a cobra and if he broke eye contact even for a split second it would strike.

Balfegor said...

Drinking water in public is serious business! In Japan, ex-PM Naoto Kan was criticised for drinking water in the Korean fashion (turning to the side and covering his mouth) during a speech.

prairie wind said...

Did public figures used to have such powerful thirsts?

Didn't you know? In America, we are all moments away from debilitating, perhaps deadly, dehydration. That's why we all must carry bottles of water with us--to sporting events, to movies, to church, to walk to work, to meetings at work. That's why children are encouraged to bring water bottles to school. Oh, how I yearn for the day when we could afford to wait for bathroom breaks to use the water fountain. We were made of study stuff. I don't know how our children became so fragile. Something in the water, I suppose.

Titus said...

It would of been hotter if he grabbed his balls.

Ann Althouse said...

"It looked like he thought the camera was a cobra and if he broke eye contact even for a split second it would strike."

Yes, and he was right!

Bob Ellison said...

Bottled water, tap water. Paper bags, plastic bags, paper bags, re-usable bags, no, wait, they cause disease, uh, plastic bags. Cloth diapers, disposable diapers, cloth diapers, disposable diapers. Old, low-MPG car, new car, no, wait, don't crush the old...too late. Soldiers, veterans, soldiers, veterans. Gun control, people control. Vaccines, no, wait, they cause autism, no vaccine, uh, no, they don't, vaccine.

Paco Wové said...

"how I yearn for the day when we could afford to wait for bathroom breaks to use the water fountain."

Global Warming has made everybody 10% thirstier.

Bob Ellison said...

I forgot to say: butter, margarine, butter, margarine, butter.

mccullough said...

W's was the best. Eyes steady, cup and not bottle, and hand in front of cup.

Of course, he'd been President 6 years by then.

Hillary's was the worst. She's tilting her head all the way back like she's putting in eye drops.

Palladian said...

I sip from a 750ml glass bottle of Perrier and coffee in a ceramic cup (with saucer) during my classes.

EMD said...

We're really doing this?

We have become an incredibly small society.

To think we used to plan things like going to the moon.

Mitchell the Bat said...

It used to be that only women looked over the rim while drinking.

TMink said...

Rubio is not an actor or a paid spokesman.

Thank God. We have plenty of those in Washington. How pathetic that anyone gives a damn or tries to offer his being thirsty as any kind of a critique.

Pathetic.

Trey

Balfegor said...

Rather than try to mimic the theatre with the flags and all that, they should just sit the person tasked with the response down in an overstuffed chair and have him deliver a casual, conversational response. Maybe sneak in a sip of brandy halfway through. If you try to mimic the pageantry of the President Imperial, you'll inevitably suffer in comparison.

wyo sis said...

One of the things my mother says that makes sense is that in addition to disposable diapers staying dry to the touch one of the reasons it's so difficult to potty train kids today is they aren't on a schedule. They eat and drink all the time and there is no predicting their potty needs. It was the mothers who were trained not the kids.

Ann Althouse said...

"I sip from a 750ml glass bottle of Perrier and coffee in a ceramic cup (with saucer) during my classes."

While the Perrier bottle is really nice, I don't think one should be seen drinking right from a bottle (other than a beer from a bottle in a situation where everyone else is doing that). It looks prissy and crude at the same time.

But I have seen worse. Some people around here — including women — have water in one of those huge jars (the kind with a screw-on lid that remains attached and hanging by a plastic tag when you open the thing). I hate to see someone take a slug out of one of those things, even in a camping situation. If you must, at least do it in the Korean fashion.

Amartel said...

Quick! Hurry! Latch onto some stupid Point of Procedure so we don't have to talk about what the man actually said!

Baron Zemo said...

The thing is all of the Obama fans prefer that we drink the Kool-Aid. Not the Poland Spring. Just sayn'

EMD said...

Thanks to Rubio, their stock will RISE HIGH!

Palladian said...

It looks prissy and crude at the same time.

That's a perfect description of me, Althouse.

Chip Ahoy said...

Maybe Rubio can appear with a hat that holds two water bottles with aquarium hoses fitted to his mouth.

Or to be more fashionable he could wear a costume like on Dune for going out on the desert. With the nose plugs.

Or maybe he could do something outrageous like take a drink of water before speaking.

I like when they sip from straws. I have a little routine I do when I find myself surrounded by mechanic-types. I go, "know why men are not to be seen drinking from straws?" And they all look at me like, come on, Dude, men do drink from straws. Then I go, "Hey Goober, wudya say we swing that cherry picker over here and YANK that en'gin block?" Then I kiss the straw as if with an overbite, a ridiculous girlish sip, and look upward to the ceiling for a long pull of sipping and it never fails to crack up everybody immediately to see something so unexpectedly ridiculous and a very effective way to break the ice if you happen to be holding a cup with a straw.

furious_a said...

The thing is all of the Obama fans prefer that we drink the Kool-Aid.

Rubio nervously drinks water, the palace media eagerly carry Obama's water -- it all balances out.

John said...

I watched the video, and it was obvious to me that Senator Rubio was experiencing some sort of issue (dry mouth or phlegm or something) that was getting progressively worse. He probably made the judgement that he would soon be unable to continue unless he took a sip of water. I can't really blame him, especially since after the drink, his speech became noticeably much more relaxed (and also more comfortable to watch).

Darrell said...

You need lots of water to wash down an Obama crap sandwich.

I would have taken up the whole alloted time uncorking, drinking, and re-corking the water--Mr. Bean-style.

Darrell said...

He should have downed a whole bottle of super premium tequila on camera. Like the rest of us.

Mary Beth said...

CNN asks if it's a career ender.

EDH said...

Pelosi looks like a desiccated wildebeest during a drought forced to take a drink from crocodile infested waters.

Julie C said...

So if everyone is talking about this, instead of what O said during the State of the Union, isn't this a win for Rubio?

Mary Beth said...

Rubio, or someone on his staff, knows how to turn this attention around. There was a post on Facebook earlier - donate $25 or more and get a Rubio water bottle.

jeff said...

Kennedy and Dodd did a lot of drinking while in office, just not water, I'm assuming somewhere out there there are equally obsessive articles about that, right?