Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

The State of the Union Can Be So Boring That Senators Fall Asleep The State of the Union Can Be So Boring That Senators Fall Asleep

This ad will end in seconds
Close X

Not a member or subscriber? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation


The State of the Union Can Be So Boring That Senators Fall Asleep

Harry Reid admits he's "dozed off," but not during the Obama years.


(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Don't feel bad if you've nodded off during a State of the Union before. It can be a bit of a bore, even for people who practically live for this stuff.

Take Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who admitted to reporters Tuesday that he's guilty of catching some Z's during the annual presidential address. "I have frankly dozed off once or twice—not during the Obama years, of course," the Nevada Democrat said.


In fact, when asked if there was anything he was afraid President Obama would say tonight, Reid responded, "The only thing that would ever trouble me is if he said, 'Reid, stop dozing off.' "

Lucky for him (and those of you at home, of course), the speech isn't expected to be a record-breaker. At least that's what Reid has been told.

Don't Miss Today's Top Stories


Rick, Executive Director for Policy

Concise coverage of everything I wish I had hours to read about."

Chuck, Graduate Student

The day's action in one quick read."

Stacy, Director of Communications

I find them informative and appreciate the daily news updates and enjoy the humor as well."

Richard, VP of Government Affairs

Chock full of usable information on today's issues. "

Michael, Executive Director

Sign up form for the newsletter
comments powered by Disqus
Make your Election Night headquarters.
See more ▲