As Pope Francis rose to address the assembled members of Congress and the justices of the Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s head dropped and her eyelids closed in a repeat performance of January’s State of the Union address.
And just like the time before, it didn’t go unnoticed and people took to social media with their observations, including one that summed it up pretty well: “What an embarrassment.”
Pope’s speaks, Ginsburg sleeps http://t.co/HScRrxI0dn pic.twitter.com/vM66UiEWhh
— Weasel Zippers (@weaselzippers) September 24, 2015
@weaselzippers Weekend at Ruth’s. — Innocuous Clock (@HollyBrown119) September 24, 2015
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is known to nod off during SOTUs, appears to be dozing off in Pope speech. Sotomayor gave her nudge to wake her up
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) September 24, 2015
@mkraju No, she’s just disrespectful. What an embarrassment … — Dina Parise Racing (@DPariseRacing) September 24, 2015
@weaselzippers she would not be the first person to fall asleep at mass.
— Nita’s Fashion Shop (@nitasfashions) September 24, 2015
@mkraju @jimgeraghty When she awoke she immediately shouted “You Lie”…. — Secret Squirrel (@SecritSqrl) September 24, 2015
The last time this happened, Ginsburg claimed she wasn’t entirely sober during the president’s address.
“Oh — what I meant was that I had a glass of wine with dinner,” she said in an interview with MSNBC’s Irin Carmon airing on “The Rachel Maddow Show.” “And that on top of having stayed up all night. I was writing something.”
But the pope’s address took place Wednesday before noon — wine in the morning?
@weaselzippers is she drunk again? It’s not even noon.
— DeanLogic ♎ (@DeanLogic) September 24, 2015
@mkraju @EWErickson A little early for wine, no? — jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) September 24, 2015
Conservatives are less concerned about her sleeping habits than they are that the 82-year-old Ginsburg makes it trough January of 2017. Then, with any luck at all, it’ll be a Republican president who nominates her successor.
H/T: National Review
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