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Senator Marco Rubio Quotes Wiz Khalifa + Jay-Z During Lengthy Filibuster

They don’t happen as often as they used to, but a good old-fashioned filibuster is supposed to consist of a man at a microphone, talking until he can’t talk anymore. They can be good for proving a point, but the problem is, it’s hard to keep coming up with things to say. For proof, look no further than Florida senator Marco Rubio’s remarks on the Senate floor Wednesday night (March 6).

Filibustering to block a vote on President Obama’s nomination of John Brennan for CIA chief, Rubio decided to pass the time by using select quotes from two of his favorite hip-hop artists: Wiz Khalifa and Jay-Z.

“Let me begin by quoting a modern day poet, his name is Wiz Khalifa. He has a song called ‘Work Hard Play Hard,’” said a grinning Rubio, drawing laughs from his fellow senators. “You look at the time — I think it’s a time when many of our colleagues expected to be home, back in the home state playing hard, but I’m happy we’re here still working hard on this issue.”

Rocking the crowd from Pittsburgh to Brooklyn, Rubio continued on the hip-hop tip, quoting Jay-Z’s ‘A Week Ago’ by saying, “That takes me back to another modern day poet by the name of Jay-Z. One of the songs that he wrote, ‘It’s funny when seven days can change, it was all good just a week ago.’ Well, I don’t know if it was all good a week ago, but I can tell you that things have really changed. Because if the president was George W. Bush and this was a question being asked of him and his response was the silence we’ve gotten, we’d have a very different scenario here tonight.”

The question Rubio referenced — and the issue at the heart of the filibuster — is Republican concern over the hypothetical question (since unequivocally answered by Attorney General Eric Holder) of whether President Obama claims Constitutional authority to use unmanned drones to kill American citizens on American soil. The filibuster eventually ended with Brennan being confirmed on Thursday (March 7).

Watch the Wiz Khalifa ‘Work Hard, Play Hard’ Video

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