US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has said that the reason she was pictured nodding off during the State of the Union address by president Obama was due to her drinking wine before.
During an event with fellow Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said of the incident: “I wasn’t 100% sober.”
She said she “couldn’t resist the fine wine” at the dinner which traditionally brings together some of the court’s justices before the speech which is watched around the world.
Justice Ginsburg is the oldest serving judge on the Supreme Court at the age of 81.
According to the BBC Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was asked about the incident by the moderator at an event at George Washington University.
Justice Ginsburg was repeatedly pictured slumbering in her chair as President Barack Obama addressed the joint session of Congress in the House of Representatives on 20 January, scenes of which have caused a good deal of comment about the incident and only now has Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg come forward to explain her nodding off during the speech.
“The audience for the most part is awake, but they’re bobbing up and down all the time. And we sit there as stone-faced, sober judges. But we’re not.
“At least I wasn’t 100% sober when we went to the State of the Union,” she said, provoking audience laughter.
Following the admission Justice Ginsburg said she had vowed to stick to sparkling water after dozing at the speech in past years, but was unable to resist the lure of a “very fine California wine” brought by Justice Anthony Kennedy, according to a report by the BBC.
“In the end, the dinner was so delicious it needed wine,” she said.
“Well, that’s the first intelligent thing you’ve done,” quipped Justice Scalia.
Further details about the judges was also revealed during the event including finding out that Former Justice David Souter used to give her a pinch when he spotted the warning signs in years gone by, Justice Ginsburg said, but the judges beside her this time were “more timid”.
The State of the Union address by President Obama came as somewhat of a surprise to many being as President Obama was very upbeat during the address and appeared to be in a defiant mood, despite opinion polls showing the dissatisfaction many have with the current government. This unease with President was reflected in the mid term election results which saw the Democrats lose power in both houses.