WASHINGTON (AP) — No, that wasn’t drool on the lips of Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III.

He says it was ChapStick.

Twitter lit up with jibes about the 37-year-old Democrat’s response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union.

In his televised speech Tuesday, Kennedy’s lips appeared wet and glistening, leading to tweets about Kennedy’s “drool.”

Rep. Joe Kennedy says that was ChapStick on his lips, not drool, during his State of the Union response. (WBZ-TV)

Kennedy joked on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Wednesday that he “decided to go a little bit light on the ChapStick this morning … which is probably a wise choice.”

He told CNN that Tuesday’s ChapStick was “a little too much, apparently.”

Related: Keller @ Large: Joe Kennedy Had A Good Night

Other State of the Union responders have attracted similar unwanted attention.

In 2013, GOP Sen. Marco Rubio’s response to President Barack Obama’s speech was mocked for Rubio’s awkward off-screen reach for water.

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Comments (85)
  1. Wonder if he really enjoys giving BJs

  2. Rob Howarka says:

    Some guys load he sucked out moments earlier.

  3. I’ve never drooled like that using Chap-Stik. It doesn’t really matter, though. What made me crack up is that the Democrats decided to pose a KENNEDY in front of a WRECKED CAR to give the SOTU response. That tells me everything I need to know about their ability to govern.

  4. Kennedy had lip lubricant left over from giving Barack Obama Lewinskys.

  5. Carl Ball says:

    chapstick isn’t white!

  6. Daniel Perez says:

    With how glaringly biased the reporter was pro Kennedy it is amazing how all the comments are anti-Kennedy! I was impressed with the attempt to skirt the curse of giving the response, but then not surprised at how badly it went. The media did their agreed part and tried to spin it in his direction. Then look at the response in the comments. :-)

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