Jack Lew’s alarming new signature

May 7, 2013

My understanding is that the whole point of handwritten signatures is that they serve as evidence of a person's identity. Given that, it's critical that peoples' signatures not change drastically from signing to signing.

From the looks of it, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew's official signature, soon to grace paper currency, is simply not valid. Just compare it to the signature he's been using up to now:

The one on the left is his signature as director of the Office of Management and Budget. The one on the right is his official Treasury signature. These are clearly not written by the same person. An impostor has taken over the Treasury Department, and readers are advised to not treat any currency bearing the right-hand signature as legal tender, at least pending further investigation into this tomfoolery.

Credit goes to Rebecca Leber for noticing this alarming development. Update: It appears the Wall Street Journal was the first to notice the plot at work here. Kudos to their team, especially Jeffrey Sparshott.

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