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Jack Lew Won’t Explain Why His ‘Hostess Cupcake’ Signature Won’t Appear on $5

Can't anyone in the Obama administration give a straight answer on anything?

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Paula Bolyard

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August 3, 2013 - 9:00 am
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You have to wonder if new hires in the Obama Administration go through some sort of rigorous U.S. military SERE-style boot camp so that they won’t disclose information beyond name, rank, and serial number. They treat every interview like it’s an interrogation at the Hanoi Hilton (we’ll have to ask our Dear Leader if that was also inspired by our American Founders).

Case in point is Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, who appeared on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace. At the end of a contentious interview, Wallace asked Lew about his signature on the new five-dollar bill. He showed a picture of Lew’s infamous loopy signature that President Obama once joked looked like the icing on a Hostess Cupcake.

“I had never noticed Jack’s signature, and … when this was highlighted yesterday in the press, I considered rescinding my offer to appoint him,” Obama joked.

The president added that he’d like Lew to work on his penmanship.

“Jack assures me that he is going to work to make at least one letter legible in order not to debase our currency,” the president said.

Speculation abounded at the time about how that Hostess Cupcake icing signature would look on the American currency. The photo above shows a mock-up someone created suggesting what we might expect. The real deal isn’t nearly as fun (or tasty!) as a Hostess Cupcake.

In the Fox News interview, Wallace asked Lew, “So the questions I have are one, why’d you change your signature, and two, how did you change your signature?”

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The inconsequential nature of the question makes the evasive answers even MORE maddening. Is Jack Lew just too vain to admit he had to have it pointed out that his signature was ridiculous and had to write like a person?
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His answer is plainly one that was planned out. So the question is why did the administration feel a need to plan out a non-answer to such a frivolous question? The answer isn't a scandal.
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The problem here is that Lew is a Ding Dong. . . .along with most of the others in this administration.
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It's very possibly not even his signature on that bill, and that would explain his answers.

And now I am craving Hostess cupcakes. Thanks a lot!
37 weeks ago
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I was about to say, I hope PJM is getting paid by Hostess for this commercial endorsement.
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Sadley, the new Hostess Cupcakes are not the same as the old ones.
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"Sadly" #spellingprobs
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I think I knew a girl by that name....

;-)
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"Can't anyone in the Obama administration give a straight answer on anything?"

Why, no.

No they can't.
37 weeks ago
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The inconsequential nature of the question makes the evasive answers even MORE maddening. Is Jack Lew just too vain to admit he had to have it pointed out that his signature was ridiculous and had to write like a person?
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I wonder whether that loopy thing was really submitted as a valid signature. If so, it does not indicate challenges with penmanship, as does the "better" signature shown in the 2nd mockup, but an attitude problem. But really, I'd guess the loopy thing was far less significant in the scope of "the rest of the story" that we are not being told. Why not just say "we were goofing around with font sizing and it was just a placeholder" or whatever? But these are our elites; can't expect common sense from them.

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