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Ginsburg explains why she nodded off at State of the Union: 'I wasn't 100 percent sober'

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (Photo by Sam Kittner)

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has an excuse for nodding off during the State of the Union address last month.

The blame lies partly with Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who brought wine to a dinner before the speech, Ginsburg said on Thursday during an appearance at George Washington University, report CBS News and the Washington Post. Justices attending the address have a tradition of eating dinner first.

“I wasn’t 100 percent sober” during the address, Ginsburg said.

Kennedy brought wine to the dinner that was “an Opus something or other, very fine California wine” and “I vowed this year just sparkling water, stay away from the wine,” Ginsburg said. “But in the end, the dinner was so delicious, it needed wine to accompany it.”

Scalia, who shared the stage with Ginsburg, joked that sleeping during the address “was the first intelligent thing you’ve done.” Scalia no longer attends the address, which he has labeled a “childish spectacle.”

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