During an NPR interview Thursday night, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg explained why she appeared to fall asleep during the State of the Union last month: she may have had a teensy tiny bit of the vino.
“The audience, for the most part, is awake because they’re bobbing up and down all the time and we sit there stone-faced, sober judges,” Ginsburg said to a crowd at George Washington University. “But we’re not — at least I wasn’t — 100% sober.”
“Before we went to the State of the Union we had dinner,” Ginsburg explained. “I vowed this year just sparkling water, stay away from the wine…But in the end, the dinner was so delicious, it needed wine to accompany it.”
“That’s the first intelligent thing you’ve done,” Justice Antonin Scalia quipped.
Ginsburg added that since-retired Justice David Souter used to sit next to her during the SOTUs and would give her a jostle when she was about to nod off. Her current seatmates are “sort of timid about it.”
Watch the clip below, via CNN:
[h/t The Hill]
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