WASHINGTON — Jack Lew’s signature has been the joke of the Internet for 24 hours, and President Barack Obama is laughing too.
“I had never noticed Jack’s signature,” Obama quipped of his chief of staff’s signature after he nominated him to be the next Treasury Secretary. “When this was highlighted yesterday in the press I considered rescinding my offer to appoint him.”
“Jack assures me that he will work to make at least one letter legible in order not to debase our currency should he be confirmed as Secretary of the Treasury,” Obama added.
Lew joked that he discovered Geithner’s own challenge yesterday when his handwriting was plastered on hundreds of websites. “You know I thought I knew you pretty well, but it was only yesterday that I discovered that We both share a common challenge with penmanship,” he said.
Lew’s signature is an incomprehensible series of circles resembling a spring, and like his predecessor, Timothy Geithner, will need a face-lift before appearing on U.S. currency.