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Justice Ginsburg explains nap: ‘I wasn’t 100% sober’ at State of the Union

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg explained why she nodded off about 20 minutes into President Obama’s State of the Union address in January, caught by cameras from every angle.

It wasn’t the octogenarian’s age that brought on the nap. Ginsburg admitted she wasn’t “100 percent sober” at the SOTU, according to The Blaze.

In a speech Thursday night at George Washington University, Ginsburg said “The audience for the most part is awake, because they’re bobbing up and down, and we sit there, stone-faced, sober judges. But we’re not, at least I wasn’t, 100 percent sober.”

“Because before we went to the State of the Union, Justice Kennedy brought in … it was an Opus something or other, very fine California wine, and I vowed this year, just sparkling water, stay away from the wine, but in the end, the dinner was so delicious, it needed wine,” Ginsburg continued. “So I got a call when I came home from one of my granddaughters and she said, ‘Bubbe, you were sleeping at the State of the Union!”

Apparently, this isn’t the first time Ginsburg attended while tipsy. She used to have a fellow justice to help her stay awake.

“David Souter, when he was on the court, he was on one side and he had an acute sense of when I was about to [nod off],” Ginsburg said. ”Now I have Justice Kennedy on one side, Justice Breyer, and they’re sort of timid about it.”

Ginsburg may be on to something. 

Steve Berman


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