Irish Prime Minister: I Wasn't Drunk In Interview

But opposition says that's how he sounded
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 15, 2010 8:20 AM CDT

You know it probably wasn't the interview of your life if rivals call you out for having been smashed while giving it, but Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen says he was not—repeat was not—drunk during a live radio interview yesterday morning. The rumor started when an opposition party official tweeted that he sounded “half way between drunk and hung-over and totally disinterested.”

But asked whether he’d actually hit the sauce, Cowen replied, “I’m sorry, absolutely not. I mean, that’s ridiculous. It’s not true at all. Please.” If Cowen sounds a little … off … in the interview, it might be because he has sinus problems, the Daily Telegraph reports. (Read more Brian Cowen stories.)

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