“She Looked Quite Glam”: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes First Public Appearance Since Cancer Surgery: Attends Concert Celebrating Herself
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appeared in public Monday night, her first public outing since her lung cancer surgery last December. Ginsburg, 85, attended a concert celebrating herself titled, Notorious RBG in Song, that featured her daughter-in-law, soprano Patrice Michaels. Attendees said Ginsburg looked, “glam”, “magnificent” and “great”.
One man who said he spoke with and was hugged by Ginsburg said she looked “resplendent”.
What a delight to see RBG tonight at "Notorious RBG in Song," written & beautifully performed by her daughter-in-law, Patrice Michaels. She sat in the back, a few rows behind us, looking resplendent. Being hugged & wished a happy birthday by her made a grand night spectacular.
— David Hagedorn (@DCHagedorn) February 5, 2019
No photos appear to have been posted yet of Ginsburg tonight. A few photos from the concert were posted.
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The concert took place at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. It was sponsored by the National Constitution Center which aired a livestream of the concert.
— National Constitution Center (@ConstitutionCtr) February 1, 2019
Fans in attendance reported Ginsburg looked well. NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg gushed that Ginsburg looked glamorous, “Spotted at a concert by her daughter-in-law, the notorious RBG out for the first time after her surgery in December! She looked quite glam
@ConstitutionCtr , #Notorious RBG in song”
— Nina Totenberg (@NinaTotenberg) February 5, 2019
Attorney Joe Palmore said Ginsburg “looked great .”
Great concert, and the best part—RBG was there! She looked great. https://t.co/ImmhslOSK3
— Joe Palmore (@palmore_joe) February 5, 2019
Jeffrey Rosen, President of the Constitution Center said Ginsburg looked “magnificent!”
— Jeffrey Rosen (@RosenJeffrey) February 5, 2019
— Michelle Olsen (@AppellateDaily) February 5, 2019
Seeing RBG tonight convinced me the State of our Union is strong.
— Michael Widomski (@MWidomski) February 5, 2019
Ginsburg will likely not attend the State of the Union address Tuesday night as she has a history of boycotting those given by Republican presidents, reported the Washington Post, which also noted that Ginsburg’s appearance at the concert was low-key.
“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 her presence.”
The Notorious RBG in Song concert will be held again in Chicago in May. Featured in the promo photo below is RBG with Patrice Michaels.
Imagine it's #SpringinChicago. Tulips are blooming. 🌷 You go to brunch w/friends, then have tickets to an concert celebrating #RBG, performed by her daughter-in-law, soprano Patrice Michaels. You can make this dream true—but you need tickets https://t.co/DJ3LIQJGgw pic.twitter.com/UYNQHaktBV
— Spertus Institute (@Spertus) January 29, 2019
UPDATE: Still no photos, but a confirmation from a spox for the Supreme Court.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg attended a production Monday night of her daughter in law performing “Notorious RBG in Song” at a DC museum per court spokesperson. Her 1st known public outing since her surgery for cancer.
— Ariane de Vogue (@Arianedevogue) February 5, 2019
The AP reported no photos were allowed, and that Ginsburg’s son said she is walking a mile per day.
“The National Constitution Center, which sponsored the concert, did not permit photography.”
“James Ginsburg said before the concert that his mother is walking a mile a day and meeting with her personal trainer twice a week.”