Ruth Bader Ginsburg: "I Was Not 100 Percent Sober" at the State of the Union
The Notorious RBG strikes again.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg had herself a little nap at the State of the Union this year, but she had an excellent excuse for it — she pregamed for the speech.
The Supreme Court justice, along with Justice Antonin Scalia, gave a talk at George Washington University and the topic of Ginsburg nodding off came up.
"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," said Ginsburg, 81.
The Notorious RBG explained that Justice Anthony Kennedy had brought a "very fine California wine" to the dinner the justices have before the SOTU. "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 said.
Of course it did.
As people discussed Ginsburg dozing on social media, her granddaughter also took note and called out RBG. "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!' "
This is not the first time Ginsburg has fallen asleep at the SOTU. She just doesn't have her former colleague 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]," added RBG. "Now I have Justice Kennedy on one side, Justice Breyer [on the other], and they're sort of timid about it."