Coming Soon to Our Dollar Bills?
Jack Lew's signature is ... unique
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2013 4:30 PM CST
That's Jack Lew's signature.   (

(Newser) – Jacob (Jack) Lew is expected to replace Tim Geithner as treasury secretary, but much of the related chatter today is about his signature rather than fiscal policy. Why? Because as Kevin Roose at Daily Intel points out, the signature that might soon be gracing our paper currency looks like a "Slinky that has lost its spring." He might have to make it more legible, as Tim Geithner did, but here's what others are saying in the meantime about the Lew scrawl:

  • "Obviously, that would turn American currency into the best money ever," writes Ezra Klein at the Washington Post.
  • It's "a series of looped scribbles that resembles the markings left on a notepad when you can’t seem to get your pen working," writes Oliver Cox at MSNBC.
  • "It's logical. It flows. And its organic symmetry is reminiscent, vaguely, of the Guilloché patterns that decorate banknotes all over the world," writes JK Trotter at Atlantic Wire.
  • "Lew's signature can best be described as a series of loops and squiggles that bear no resemblance to the actual characters in his name," writes Emily Jane Fox at CNNMoney.

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Jan 10, 2013 8:36 PM CST
bush and caliph barak hussein obama used the auto pen because they could not spell their names! jjl will use it because he cant write his name!!!! just what we need!!!! fubo! fubar!
Jan 10, 2013 11:09 AM CST
That man should learn his letters.
Jan 10, 2013 10:00 AM CST
Don't worry about signing them -- get rid of the dollar bills! The cost savings is a start in the right direction. Our neighbors to the North dumped dollar and two dollar bills years ago and have saved a bundle. While you're at it, dump the penney coin. We can no longer afford to keep these losers around!