2/13/2015, "Justice Ginsburg: Not '100% sober' at State of the Union," USA Today, Richard Wolf
Image caption, 1/20/2015, "The 81-year-old Supreme Court justice told a panel she and other justices had dinner and drinks before Obama's speech, leading to her falling asleep. Video provided by Newsy Newslook"
"For Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, falling asleep at the State of the Union address is nothing new. All it takes is a good glass of wine.
As she did two years ago, Ginsburg admitted Thursday night that, yes, the photos of her appearing to nod off at President Obama's big speech last month showed her dozing. "As I often do," she said.
But there was a good reason, she added: "I wasn't 100% sober." Seems before the address, some of the justices got together for dinner, and the lone Californian among them, Justice Anthony Kennedy, supplied some excellent California wine. Ginsburg had sworn she would stick to sparkling water, but "the dinner was so delicious, it needed wine."
From then on, in her telling, it was Kennedy's and Justice Stephen Breyer's job to keep her awake throughout the speech. In the old days, she says, now retired Justice David Souter would sit next to her and give her a jolt when she needed one. But Kennedy and Breyer, she said, "are sort of timid about that."
The members of Congress behind her, who she described as "bobbing up and down all the time," didn't help, either....
Justice Antonin Scalia, who like several conservative justices does not attend the State of the Union, was unsympathetic to Ginsburg's plight during their joint appearance at a Smithsonian Associates event at George Washington University.
"Serves you right, I say!" Scalia intoned. For Supreme Court justices to sit stone-faced during the otherwise partisan production is "giving dignity to a childish spectacle," he groused.
But as for having wine first, Scalia teased Ginsburg: "That's the first intelligent thing you've done!""
7/11/2016, "Justice Ginsburg's plunge into politics," Chicago Tribune Editorial Board
"In an interview with The New York Times, Ruth Bader Ginsburg said, "I can't imagine what this place would be — I can't imagine what this country would be — with Donald Trump as our president." She recalled something her late husband used to say: "Maybe it's time for us to move to New Zealand.""...
1/21/2015, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg appears to fall asleep during State of the Union," Yahoo News, Dylan Stableford
"President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address (1/20/2015) was long — too long for Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who appeared to fall asleep as it was being delivered.
Seated in the first row alongside her fellow justices, the 81-year-old was caught on camera nodding off about 20 minutes into Obama’s 59-minute speech."...
Above, 1/20/15, "This is the best hug in the history of liberal America," posted at Yahoo News.
Image, 1/20/2015, Ginsburg displays NY Times masthead on her way into State of the Union speech, via Yahoo News