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.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 07: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks to reporters after attending the weekly Democrat policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol on January 7, 2014 in Washington, DC. Senate Democrats gathered at a luncheon to discuss various issues inlcluding minimum wage and unemployment insurance.
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Elahe Izad
Jan. 28, 2014, 11:08 a.m.

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.