Sen Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) poked fun at his awkward water break that occurred during his response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address on Monday.

Shortly after his rebuttal speech concluded, Rubio tweeted a photo of the water bottle that interrupted his speech via his official Twitter account. Perhaps he was trying to beat his critics to the punch.

The water sipping really appears to be overshadowing his actual message as social media lit up with people commenting on Rubio’s thirst. There were certainly moments where Rubio appeared to be uncomfortable or nervous during his address on Monday, but the focus has certainly been on the following portion of his speech. Watch the video:

Garrett Jackson, Mitt Romney’s personal aide during his 2012 presidential bid, tweeted that he “would have had that water bottle closer, had it been the Gov. Haha. Marco needs an aide.”

UPDATE:

On Wednesday morning, Rubio joined the “Fox and Friends” crew to explain his response, and the now-infamous water incident. He said that he would have rather reached for the water than not have been able to pronounce his words because his mouth was dry. And he even had a little more fun, interrupting the interview for another water break:


The Associated Press contributed to this report