One of the perks of being Treasury Secretary is getting your name on every dollar bill, but that awesome responsibility meant that new boss Jack Lew had to reinvent his name. As you may recall, Lew's signature is famously, uh... "minimalist", leading some people to worry that a bunch of scribbles on every piece of paper U.S. currency would cause a global financial panic. Or at least make people sad when they pulled out their wallets.
So after being promoted to Secretary of the Treasury this spring, Lew promised to update his official signing strategy and the results were unveiled on Twitter this afternoon. Behold:
If you're wondering where the extra letters come from, his full name is actually Jacob Joseph Lew. The Twitter critics were not impressed:
It's on the money - but I still can't read Jack Lew's signature. pic.twitter.com/sMKQYlWh1U— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 18, 2013
Jack Lew's signature went from a 1-year-old's scribble to old-person-in-hurry-at-checkout-line scribble— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) June 18, 2013
— Brian Resnick (@B_resnick) June 18, 2013
Lew has eliminated the most interesting thing about himself.— Stefan Becket (@stefanjbecket) June 18, 2013
Too bad. We're stuck with it until Bitcoin takes over the world, so everyone better get used to it.
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