Obama jokes Lew's loopy signature nearly cost him

Obama jokes that he nearly rescinded Lew's nomination after seeing loopy signature

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This Sept. 21, 2011, memo posted on the White House website shows then-Office of Management and Budget director Jack Lew's signature. Lew’s nomination for treasury secretary means a new signature could soon be coming to the dollar bill. Not that you’ll be able to read it. Lew’s signature starts off promising enough, with a soft “J.” But what follows next are seven loopy scribbles, rendering his signature completely illegible. The treasury secretary’s signature is emblazoned in the lower right corner of U.S. dollar bills of all denominations. It remains to be seen whether President Barack Obama will make Lew change up his signature or if the Senate will make it a condition of his confirmation. (AP Photo/The White House)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is joking that Jack Lew's nomination as treasury secretary nearly fell through because of Lew's loopy signature.

Lew's nomination means a new signature will be added to the dollar bill. Lew's starts off with a soft "J'' but is followed by seven loopy scribbles, making it difficult to read.

Obama said at the nomination ceremony that he never noticed the signature before, even though Lew is his chief of staff. But after looking at it, quote, "I considered rescinding my offer to appoint him."

Obama says Lew promises to work to make one letter legible, quote,"in order not to debase our currency."

The treasury secretary's signature is emblazoned on the lower right corner of U.S. bills of all denominations.

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