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


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?"