Quick Recap & Today’s Final Jeopardy – May 19, 2016

Today’s contestants:

Al Franken (D-Minnesota), a United States Senator playing for USO
Ana Navarro, a Republican commentator for CNN, ABC News, and Telemundo, playing for Operation Smile Nicaragua
Sunny Hostin, senior legal correspondent & analyst on ABC News, playing for Bronx Children’s Museum

This is Al Franken’s fourth appearance on the program, also appearing in 1997, 1999, and 2004!

Scores going into Final Jeopardy:
Al $20,000
Ana $9,800
Sunny $5,000


Final Jeopardy! clue: In 2013 Pres. Obama was sworn in on 2 bibles–one was Lincoln’s & one belonged to this man who died 103 years after Lincoln

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Who is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? (Sunny went for JFK)



Sunny 5000 – 5000 = 0 ($10,000)
Ana 9800 + 1200 = 11000 ($11,000)
Al 20000 + 5 = 20005 ($50,000)

Interestingly, only Obama’s public ceremony used the Lincoln & King bibles. From VOA:

The first is the Bible used by former President Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, when he took the oath of office for the first of his two terms in 1861. The second Bible is the so-called “traveling Bible” used by slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday is the official government holiday honoring Reverend King who was assassinated in 1968.

President Obama was officially sworn-in for a second term Sunday during a brief, private ceremony at the White House, making Monday’s public event ceremonial. He used his wife Michelle’s family Bible for the oath Sunday.

Of course, due to Obama’s taking the Oath of Office twice in 2009 thanks to John Roberts’ stumbling over one of the words when administering the oath, and Obama’s “just-in-case” re-taking the oath the next day, Obama is the first president since FDR to take the Presidential Oath of Office four times.

(contestant photo credit: jeopardy.com)

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