Ginsburg Makes First Public Appearance Since Cancer Surgery

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made her first public appearance since undergoing lung cancer surgery, attending a concert in her honor given by her daughter-in-law and other musicians.

Ginsburg, 85, had surgery in New York on Dec. 21. She missed arguments at the court in January, her first illness-related absence in more than 25 years as a justice, and has been recuperating at her home in Washington.

On Monday night, Ginsburg attended a concert at a museum a few blocks from the White House. It was given by Patrice Michaels, who is married to Ginsburg’s son, James. Michaels is a soprano and composer.

The concert was dedicated to Ginsburg’s life in the law.

The justice sat in the back of the darkened auditorium at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The National Constitution Center, which sponsored the concert, did not permit photography.

The performance concluded with a song set to Ginsburg’s answers to questions.

In introducing the last song, Michaels said, “bring our show to a close, but not the epic and notorious story of RBG.”

Ginsburg had two previous bouts with cancer. She had colorectal cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009.

James Ginsburg said before the concert that his mother is walking a mile a day and meeting with her personal trainer twice a week.

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2 Thoughts to “Ginsburg Makes First Public Appearance Since Cancer Surgery”

  1. Randall

    How will we know when she has really passed away? She already looks like a thousand year old Inca mummy.

  2. Horatio Bunce

    In reaction to the youtube video of the event:

    “The pictures on the screen during the musical do NOT count. She was not there and you know it. Not once did they speak to RBG, a thanks, an appreciation, NOTHING. If she were there or even watching remotely they would have acknowledged, right?”

    Washington Post’s David Hagedorn claimed on Twitter he was there and hugged/talked to her, then deleted the tweet and made his account private.

    AP says no photography was allowed at the event but:

    So she is “walking a mile every day”, but no one has seen her (maybe a treadmill?) and she still can’t come in to work?