Ruth Bader Ginsburg: I Wasn't '100 Percent Sober' During the State of the Union

The Supreme Court justice reportedly explains why she looked tired during President Barack Obama's speech

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Leave it to the notorious RBG to be tipsy at the Capitol.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has addressed speculation that she fell asleep during President Barack Obama‘s State of the Union address in January. Sure, she was tired – but only because she was kind of buzzed.

“The audience for the most part is awake, because they re bobbing up and down, and we sit there, stone-faced, sober judges,” Ginsburg, 81, said during a speaking event at George Washington University on Thursday, according to The Blaze and CNN. “But we’re not, at least I’m not, 100 percent sober.”

“Well, that’s the first intelligent thing you’ve done!” joked Justice Antonin Scalia.

So who wined and dined the court’s hippest judge? Justice Anthony Kennedy.

“It was an Opus something or other, very fine California wine, and I vowed this year, just sparkling water, stay away from the wine, but in the end, the dinner was so delicious, it needed wine,” she said. “So I got a call when I came home from one of my granddaughters and she said, ‘Bubbe, you were sleeping at the State of the Union!’ ”

New life goal: Watching Scandal with Ginsburg and two glasses brimming with a full-bodied red.

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