US quick to write off loopy Lew signature

Last updated 11:51 10/01/2013
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LOOPY: Jack Lew's signature is coming under considerable scrutiny.

Jack Lew
MONEY MAN: Jack Lew is expected to be named as the new US treasury secretary

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Being considered for the job of treasury secretary of the United States is always going to come with a degree of scrutiny.

But Jacob Lew might feel as though the nation's attention on one particular aspect of his resume has been a little extreme.

With US President Barack Obama expected to name the longtime Washington insider, known as Jack Lew, as his next treasury secretary, US media are going crazy - about his signature.

The reason is that the US treasury secretary's signature appears on US currency printed during their tenure. And media have been quick to point out that Lew's is not the most distinguished of scribbles.

"The guy signs his name like a first-grader scrawling loop-the-loops," wrote David Lazarus of the LA Times.

"'OoooooooO!': Jack Lew's Insane Signature Is Going to Be All Over Your Dollar Bills, Soon," read a headline on The Atlantic's website, while New York magazine labelled it "a Slinky that has lost its spring".

"To say that Jack Lew, the soon-to-be Secretary of the Treasury, has the most bewildering signature I've ever had the privilege to see would be a complete and utter understatement," wrote Molly Greenberg of

"His signature just doesn't fit the bill. Literally."

However, they may have nothing to worry about. John Carney of CNBC reported that Lew would be likely to change the way he signs his name if he was named as treasury secretary, something his predecessor Timothy Geithner did.

Carney quoted a Marketplace radio interview that said Geithner had to change his signature when taking over the job.

"Well, I think on the dollar bill I had to write something where people could read my name. That's the rationale," Geithner told the station.

Obama is expected to formally announce as early tonight his pick of Lew, his current chief of staff and formerly the administration's budget director and a top State Department official.

- Sydney Morning Herald

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