Lew's Loopy Signature May End Up on Dollar Bills

The treasury secretary's signature is emblazoned in the lower right corner of U.S. dollar bills of all denominations. Obama jokes Lew has assured him he'll "make one letter legible"

Thursday, Jan 10, 2013  |  Updated 8:11 PM PDT
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Lew's Loopy Signature May End Up on Dollar Bills

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This Sept. 21, 2011, memo posted on the White House website shows then-Office of Management and Budget director Jack Lew's signature. Lew's nomination for treasury secretary means a new signature could soon be coming to the dollar bill. It remains to be seen whether President Barack Obama will make Lew change up his signature or if the Senate will make it a condition of his confirmation.

Jack Lew's nomination for treasury secretary means a new signature could soon be coming to the dollar bill.

Not that you'll be able to read it.

Lew's signature starts off promising enough, with a soft "J." But what follows are seven loopy scribbles, rendering his signature illegible.

The treasury secretary's signature is emblazoned in the lower right corner of U.S. dollar bills of all denominations.

Obama joked Thursday that Lew's nomination nearly fell through because of the loopy John Hancock.

He said he had never noticed the signature until it made the press.

"Jack assures me that he is going to work to make at least one letter legible in order not to debase our currency," Obama said.

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