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Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg on nodding off at State of the Union Address: ‘I was not 100% sober’

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WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg noted that she feel asleep during the president’s State of the Union Address, revealing that “I was not 100% sober.”

The issue came up during a public discussion Thursday night with fellow Justice Antonin Scalia on constitutional issues. Earlier, Scalia expressed his disdain for the State of the Union Address, which he stopped attending years ago.

That’s when Ginsburg noted she fell asleep during President Barack Obama’s speech before Congress on Jan. 20, “as I often do.”

“The audience for the most part is awake because they are bobbing up and down and we sit there, stone faced,” she said. “But we’re not, at least I was not 100% sober,” she said to big applause.

She blamed a fine wine fellow Justice Anthony Kennedy had brought to dinner beforehand.

“I vowed this year — just sparkling water—stay away from the wine — but the dinner was so delicious it needed wine,” Ginsburg said.

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