Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes First Public Appearance Since Cancer Surgery

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg poses with other Justices of the United States Supreme Court during their official group photo at the Supreme Court on Nov. 30, 2018 in Washington. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Jabin Botsford
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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Monday night made her first public appearance since undergoing cancer surgery in December, attending a celebration of her life presented in song.

The 85-year-old justice attended a production of “Notorious RBG in Song” at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington. The program about Ginsburg’s life in the law was created and performed by Ginsburg’s daughter-in-law, the soprano Patrice Michaels, and presented for high school students by the National Constitution Center.

Ginsburg did not speak, and many in the crowd did not know she was there. She sat in the back, and most saw her only as they left the performance. Michaels did not announce the justice’s presence.

Ginsburg had not made public appearances since undergoing a pulmonary lobectomy Dec. 21 after doctors discovered cancerous nodules in her left lung. Recovery from such surgery typically takes six to eight weeks, according to medical specialists, and Ginsburg, for the first time since joining the court in 1993, missed a round of oral arguments in January.

Some on the extreme political right had insisted that the justice’s ailments were graver than the Supreme Court has acknowledged, suggesting it would be an ominous sign if she skipped President Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Actually, it would be more like par for the course. Ginsburg did not attend either of Trump’s previous speeches to Congress.

The court has said that although Ginsburg missed oral arguments last month, she will vote in the cases based on briefs and transcripts and that she has participated from home in deciding which cases the court has accepted or rejected for its docket, as well as in some emergency decisions.

The court’s last statement on her health, released Jan. 11, said: “Her recovery from surgery is on track. Post-surgery evaluation indicates no evidence of remaining disease, and no further treatment is required.”

The court will meet next in public session Feb. 19.

(c) 2019, The Washington Post · Robert Barnes ·



  1. If it’s from the Washington Post Fake News it must be true… especially since she was sitting in the back and no one saw her until they thought saw her [or rather someone that looks like her] as they left the performance… Nice narrative for the sheeple. And tonight Fake News will say that she was too tired to be at the SOTU Address…

    Hope President Trump will take the licenses away from all Fakestream media tonight in his SOTU Address as he mentions the draining of the swamp. It’s about time the public knows the truth that’s happening.

  2. Found much of this article in the cached file from Feb 12, 2018 and much of patched up and added from here and there. Hmm….. Always trust WAPO FN.

  3. “many in the crowd did not know she was there. She sat in the back,” So only Washington Post saw her. Aha.

    Most people would rather believe the article on Clover Chronicle from Jan. 27, 2019:
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is “Deathly Ill” And In A “Medically Induced Coma” – Fears “Massive Unrest” Once Public Finds Out The Truth

  4. She is an evil woman who can’t kick the bucket quick enough.
    “Those who hate you Hashem, I hate”
    David Hamelech


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