In 2010, Associate Justice Samuel Alito mouthed “not true” during a speech by President Barack Obama and hasn’t been back since, complaining that it’s “very awkward” to “have to sit there like the proverbial potted plant most of the time.”
This year, five of the eight justices turned up for the event ― and on social media, viewers were on guard for any moment that went beyond judicial stoicism.
Here’s some of what they caught:
Of course, it is possible to have even less of a reaction. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was known for nodding off: