“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,” Ginsburg told an audience at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. on Thursday night.
The “Notorious R.B.G.” had a perfectly good excuse to her dozing off, though: too much wine.
“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 said.
Ginsburg has a shameless record of nodding off during the president’s address. She was caught snoozing in 2014 and blamed (yet again) fine California wine for her nap in 2012. Her former colleague, David Souter, used to nudge her 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],” She said. “Now I have Justice Kennedy on one side, Justice Breyer, and they’re sort of timid about it.”