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January 9, 2013

Jack Lew’s Signature

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Projecting ahead to him assuming the job, NY Mag Intelligencer created this version of what Treasury secretary-nominee Jack Lew’s weird signature would look like on a dollar bill. For my part, I was wondering why their post, and the graphic was getting so much attention on the nets. Besides the opportunity to indulge in some amateur handwriting analysis, perhaps the hook has to do with the lack of transparency when it comes to the government and our money. And also the fact we want to feel like the people in charge of our cash are actually recognizable — and not loopy.

(photo-illustration: nymag.com)

  • LanceThruster

    Srsly? My sig is a chicken scratch but reeeeally.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/rich.ross.9889 Rich Ross

    the “signature” is composed of all sixes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rich.ross.9889 Rich Ross

    they are not “loopy”, the signature is composed of all sixes. americas government is a beast power. sunday is the mark that dooms your soul to PERDITION. CHURCH STATE anti-messiah kingdom is coming very soon. the anti-messiah will use the greek name of jesus christ. YAHUSHUA IS THE RISEN MESSIAH. when we are going to war with CHINA, RUSSIA will strike us from behind with icbms.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/thomasgokey Thomas Gokey

    First of all, I love this signature. I wish it was on every dollar bill. It’s a pity that he’s going to have to make it more “respectable.”

    Secondly, this reminds me of the media frenzy over Paul Wolfowitz’s holes in his socks: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6316765.stm

    To me the holey socks and the childish signature are redeeming characteristics of otherwise horrible powerful men (it’s unfair to compair the murderous war criminal Wolfowitz to a wall st. hack like Lew). Yet most people don’t see these as redeemable rather they see them as a toehold (forgive the pun) to criticize very powerful people who they really would like to criticize but are unable to.

    In the case of Wolfowitz there was plenty to criticize, but the nationalistic media simply could not without violating that nationalism. With Jack Lew there’s really not anything that the GOP could take issue with on a substantive basis. Lew is a pretty run of the mill right-wing, wall st friendly guy on substance, but he is a part of the Obama admin so they have to find something to criticize. The signature gives them their only opening.

    I think in the end what the signature and the socks tell is is something about the function of power. A powerful man with a mustard stain on his tie is easier to deal with than a powerful man who is hyper-competent and impenetrable. It is this “speck” that gives us something to focus on. There are legitimate things to criticize about these men, but it’s almost too enormous and fundamental of a critique to make. Let’s focus on the speck. It’s a psychological version of going after Al Capone on tax fraud. The law couldn’t take on Capone’s real crimes but could bust him on a relatively minor issue to get him behind bars. Likewise the media simply cannot confront the true abuses of power so they focus on these “specks.”

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