Many viewers took to Twitter to complain the veteran television anchor may have had something to drink. Speaking slowly, she seemed to prop herself on outstretched arms on the anchor desk with co-host George Stephanopoulos.
"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," stuttered the veteran journalist as she stumbled over the president's name.
Critics took to Twitter almost immediately calling Sawyer "tipsy," "hammered," "on pain killers" and "a bit wacky," prompting a mock Twitter account @DrnkDianeSawyer: "nothig to c here guys im ok d'ont worry abot me."
Sawyer later responded with her own tweet:
"Read your tweets the good, bad, and the funny. See you on @abcworldnews
An ABC source told the Daily Mail that Sawyer was suffering from "exhaustion" ... adding "Diane's been up for days and she's had many sleepless nights. She was covering the hurricane and then preparing for the election broadcast. If you knew Diane you’d realize she's one of the hardest working people on television. She likes to cram things in, she likes to have every fact at her finger tips."
Perhaps, as the Associated Press noted, the tweet that best summed up the night was "Bad night for Romney ... Worse night for Diane Sawyer?"