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
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)

(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.

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Scott603
May 8, 2013 10:18 PM CDT
Handwriting is archaic and rapidly becoming extinct. If we are going to put signatures on money we might as well also put images of floppy disks.
iq145
May 8, 2013 9:25 PM CDT
If that's Loopy Lew's real true signature, then it's the one that MUST go onto the new bills. Period. Not some fake made-up signature. Besides, i like it. It's to ridiculous not to.
lvan
May 8, 2013 7:52 PM CDT
I kinda like it. It looks like a spring... maybe that would mean dollar will stretch and buy more.