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Worst Food Faux Pas: Marco Rubio's water bottle or George H.W. Bush barfing?

Eating shouldn’t be as difficult as it is. We all need to do it stay alive, yet every meal is a physical and psychological minefield—and that’s if you’re a normal person. Politicians face these same struggles while surrounded by a press gaggle and the eyes of the entire nation. Sometimes a normal meal goes bad. These are the worst of the worst. In our second round, we've got Marco Rubio's horribly timed sip of water and George H.W. Bush's icky tummy. Which is the worst?

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So, who do you think committed the biggest Food Faux Pas? Don't forget to click on the rest of the debates below and vote!

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It shouldn't be that hard to drink water. It really shouldn't. We all do it many, many times throughout the day. We've been doing it since infancy. Put a receptacle full of liquid up to your lips and sip. It's so simple.

Yet, sometimes things go horribly wrong. Something's off. You can feel it but you don't know how to fix it. You end up with water up your nose, spilled on the floor, all over the place. You're left there soggy, wondering what happened. How did things go so off the rails? Very rarely do we get to witness, in real time, the panic of someone realizing they've forgotten to drink water like a normal person. But that's exactly what happened to poor Lil' Marco Rubio.

Rubio was given the high honor of presenting his party's rebuttal to the Barack Obama's 2013 State of the Union address. He was ready, he knew his lines, he looked good. But then something horrible happened—Rubio got a little thirsty. By some twist of fate, the only liquid available to him was a comically small bottle of water seemingly miles out of his reach. But he went for it. Rubio needed a drink.

Then, Rubio took what must be the smallest sip of water ever taken in history. All while not breaking eye contact with the camera. His mojo was broken. The magic lost. No longer was he manly Marco Rubio, standing up for his whole party. He was tiny lil' sippy of water Marco.

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Who among us has not experienced that horrible moment, that white-hot panic, that eye-watering fear when you realize, "Oh God, I'm about to vomit"? It's a moment that requires quick reflexes and even quicker thinking. Can you hold it in? Is this real or psychosomatic? Can you make it to the bathroom or do you have to pull the ripcord at a trashcan?

And presidents, like stars, are just like the rest of us. They get the stomach flu, too. And what do you do when you realize you're about to lose your lunch when you're seated next to the prime minister of Japan? If you're George H.W. Bush, you just let it go. Here's how Newsweek reported on the incident in 1992.

Between the second course (raw salmon with caviar) and the third (grilled beef with peppery sauce), the president pushed back in his chair and fainted. His chin slumped to his chest, his body reeled to his left, and he vomited onto the pants of his host, Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa. Horrified, Barbara Bush leaped to her feet and held a napkin to her husband's mouth, and a Secret Service agent vaulted over the table to catch the president before he tumbled. As Prime Minister Miyazawa cradled the head of his guest, Bush's entourage gently lowered him to the floor. The president's eyes fluttered open, and he quipped to his personal physician, Dr. Burton Lee, "Roll me under the table until the dinner's over." The panicky moment passed; within a few minutes, Bush was on his feet, white as a sheet, but gamely smiling.
FINAL RESULTS
Politics
Worst Food Faux Pas: Marco Rubio's water bottle or George H.W. Bush barfing?
#VoteRubioWater
A festive crown for the winner
#VoteBushBarf