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Was Diane Sawyer drunk on election night? (Video)

By Daniel S Levine,

Sure, Barack Obama may have won a second term as president, but the real headline of the night was Diane Sawyer’s bizarre behavior during ABC News’ coverage. Many on Twitter had no idea what she was doing and many suspected the she was actually drunk on air.

The AP notes that viewers heard Sawyer speaking slowly and slurring her words.

Around 10pm, she said, “OK...I wanna – can we have our music, because this is another big one here? Minnesota, we're ready to project Minnesota, rrright now. ... Well, tonight we know that President Barack has won Minnesota.” She stumbled when trying to say the president’s name.

While she could have just been exhausted after months of covering the campaign, the Twitterverse concluded that she was drunk, resulting in the obligatory @DrunkDianeSawyer profile.

Celebrities also commented on Sawyer’s behavior, notes USA Today. Singer Josh Groban wrote, “I'll have what Diane Sawyer is having.”

The New York Times’ Brian Stelter commented, “Diane Sawyer's name is trending. Many people saying she seems drunk on air. Alternative theory: she gets this way when she's really tired.”

In case you weren’t watching ABC, Gawker did for you, putting together a clip reel of some of Sawyer’s moments from the night that made it clear something was not right.

The Atlantic Wire notes that Sawyer also appeared to be drunk in 2009, after Obama’s inauguration.

ABC News has not commented.

 
 

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