Jack Lew’s Terrible Signature May Grace Dollar Bills Now

Obama’s America. Photo: Jed Egan

Jack Lew, President Obama’s reported pick to replace outgoing Treasury secretary Tim Geithner, is known as a no-nonsense backroom negotiator with wonkish tendencies, who is admired on the left and grumbled about on the right.

A lesser-known but extremely pertinent fact about Lew is that he has the world’s worst signature. And pretty soon, that signature could be on every single one of your dollar bills.

If Lew is confirmed as Treasury secretary, his signature will occupy the lower-right-hand spot on U.S. paper currency. And that signature, which was widely mocked when it surfaced on a September 2011 memorandum, is legitimately crazy.

Here are some things it reminds us of:

– a Slinky that has lost its spring

– one of those Crazy Straws you get at Six Flags

Sally Brown’s hair in Peanuts

– a slip of paper in Office Max that people use to try out new pens

Clearly, Lew will need to upgrade his penmanship, à la Geithner, before he even thinks about touching the dollar bill. Minting a trillion-dollar coin seems absolutely reasonable, as fiscal policy plans go, compared to having this childish loop-de-loop plastered all over the legal tender of the United States.

Jack Lew’s Terrible Signature May Grace Bills