by Penny Starr, CNS News:
The announcement by the U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew in July that a woman would be featured on a newly minted $10 bill inspired a question by judges at the Miss America pageant, televised on Sunday night.
Pageant judge and TV judge on the series “Shark Tank,” Kevin O’Leary, asked Miss Colorado, Kelley Johnson, whom she thought should be honored by having their image replace Alexander Hamilton on the currency.
“The grinning blonde closed her eyes for a fleeting moment and replied: ‘Oh my goodness! Thank you for that question. The person that I would put on the $10 bill would be Ellen DeGeneres,’” Johnson said, as reported by US Weekly. “I think that woman is so amazing.”
Social media buzzed, and many speculated Johnson meant to say Eleanor Roosevelt, but Johnson’s answer seemed to confirm her admiration for the lesbian talk show host and her choice of DeGeneres to replace one of America’s founding fathers on the bill.
“Not only is she kind, not only is she intelligent,” Johnson said. “Not only is her entire platform speaking tolerance and equality for all and kindness, but she’s able to be funny without insulting someone, and I think that is an incredible feat.”
The US Weekly article noted that Johnson is a nurse who broke with tradition on the talent portion of the contest by donning medical scrubs and reciting a monologue about one of her patients who has Alzheimer’s disease.
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