Jack Lew Working Hard to Keep This Off Our Dollar Bills

Treasury secretary's signature showing signs of improvement

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted May 8, 2013 10:43 AM CDT

(Newser) – Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew's loopy signature is showing signs of improvement as he gets ready to affix his "Jacob Lew" to the nation's currency. President Obama joked in January when he nominated Lew for the Treasury post that he had never noticed before how illegible Lew's signature was, saying, "Jack assured me that he is going to work to make at least one letter legible in order not to debase our currency."

After two months in the Treasury job, there are signs Lew's practice is paying off. All the letters of Lew's last name could be made out in his signature on the annual report of the Financial Stability Council, which came out in late April. Lew is still a long way from winning any penmanship honors, but Treasury officials say stay tuned. Lew still has time for more improvement before his name goes on the nation's currency. That is expected to occur later this year.

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew's signature is shown on the annual report for the Financial Stability Oversight Council in Washington, on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.   (Jon Elswick)
This combination shows the signatures of Jacob Lew from a Sept. 21, 2011 memo, top, and as Treasury Secretary on the 2013 annual report for the Financial Stability Oversight Council, bottom.   (Uncredited)
This Sept. 21, 2011, memo posted on the White House website shows then-Office of Management and Budget director Jack Lew's signature.   (Uncredited)
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