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Ticket pic of the week: One justice's verdict on Obama's 62-minute State of the Union speech

January 29, 2011 |  7:12 am

President Obama at his state of the union 1-25-11 hugs Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Supreme Court at Obama's state of the union 1-25-11

At first there were thoughts that after last year's unusual presidential criticism to their faces, the members of the Supreme Court might opt out of the 2011 Obama State of the Union to watch cable at home.

There is, after all, no requirement they attend. They've been coming for years as a general courtesy between judicial and executive branches.Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano feels secure with president Obama talking at the 2010 state of the union

This time a third of the nine justices opted to stay home. The other six got front row seats, as usual, right below the speaking podium in the House of Representatives, all crowded and suffering from global warming.

But front row puts them in full view of the watching world.

The president spoke for 62 minutes.

Last year the president went on a little longer and that made Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano feel very secure obviously.


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