Supreme Court Justice Falls Asleep During State of the Union


January 21, 2015 10:34am PST

Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a tough night on Tuesday.

Just after 10 p.m., the 81 year-old Supreme Court Justice dropped her head and appeared to nod off as Obama neared the end of his hour-long State of the Union speech. Ginsburg was only saved by fellow colleagues Stephen Breyer and Anthony Kennedy, who repeatedly nudged her in an attempt to keep her awake.

Kennedy elbowed her once, while Breyer was seen nudging her eight times and staring her down to make sure she stayed awake.

Despite Ginsburg’s liberal stances, conservatives everywhere have rallied around her in this instance, as they can relate to her boredom at Obama’s speech.



Ginsburg is currently the oldest judge on the Supreme Court, and was appointed by Clinton back in 1993. Despite her advanced age and a serious heart surgery, Ginsburg has scoffed at the notion of stepping down.

“Anybody who thinks that if I step down, Obama could appoint someone like me, they’re misguided,” she once said, according to The Daily Mail.

“As long as I can do the job full steam… I think I’ll recognize when the time comes that I can’t any longer. But now I can.”


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