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Is the next treasury secretary a little loopy?

Post by Cheryl Tucker on Jan. 10, 2013 at 1:12 pm |
January 10, 2013 1:12 pm

lewAt least his signature is. And it’s the one that would go on U.S. currency if the nomination of Jacob “Jack” Lew is approved.
I have to think someone’s going to sit him down and make him write a legible signature. Can’t image millions of bills in circulation with a kiddie scrawl on them. Current Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner told NPR last year that he had to work on his penmanship in order to make his signature legible.

The Washington Post asked a handwriting expert to analyze Lew’s goofy signature. Here’s what graphologist Kathi McKnight had to say:

The roundness of the characters in Lew’s impossible-to-read John Hancock indicates he just might be the cuddly sort, says McKnight. Such strokes are common among those who prefer a “softer” approach to problem-solving, she says.

The signers of the Constitution, by contrast, used very strong, angular lettering, McKnight notes — not that leaders throughout history haven’t used circular strokes like Lew’s. Like who? “Well, Princess Di had very loopy writing,” she says.

And the fact that Lew’s signature is illegible may mean that he wants to keep his true identity unknown. “People with illegible signatures . . . like to keep some things private,” she says.


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