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Justice Ginsburg: I Wasn't '100 Percent Sober' During SOTU

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg admitted that she was not "100 percent sober" when she fell asleep during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union (SOTU) address last month.

The audience for the most part "is awake, because they’re bobbing up and down," Ginsburg told an audience Thursday night at George Washington University in the nation's capital.

But "we sit there, stone-faced, sober judges," she continued. "But we’re not — at least I wasn’t — 100 percent sober."

The Blaze reported that Ginsburg, who turns 82 next month, attempted to shift some of the blame for the fact that she nodded off to Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Before justices went to the State of the Union, Kennedy brought in "very fine California wine," Ginsburg said.

The justice said she had been determined to stay away from the wine, but succumbed to temptation because "the dinner was so delicious."

When she went home, Ginsburg received a call from one of her granddaughters, who said, 'Bubbe, you were sleeping at the State of the Union!'"

Hot Air's Ed Morrissey offered a tongue-in-cheek defense of Ginsburg's brief nap.
"Well, who doesn’t need a snootful [to] sit through one of these SOTU speeches?" he wrote.

Morrissey criticized the repeated standing ovations "prompted by presidential throat-clearing" as "an embarrassment to the doctrine of co-equal branches of government."

The "best possible response to this is to sleep through it, and everyone in Congress should adopt that strategy next year," he wrote.

"Speaking of which, what would be the reaction if Clarence Thomas or Antonin Scalia fell asleep on Obama’s speech and afterward admitted that they’d been less than sober during the address? Morrissey asked.

"The media would rush to accuse them of disrespecting the President, much like they did when [Supreme Court Justice] Sam Alito had a normal human reaction to being ignorantly lectured over the Citizens United opinion in the middle of an earlier SOTU speech."

During that 2010 speech, Alito could be seen mouthing the words "not true" in response to Obama's denunciation of the high-court ruling, which held that the government may not keep corporations or unions from spending money to support or oppose individual candidates for office.

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