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A Poetic Tribute to Lew's Loopy Signature

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Editor’s Note: In what we can only hope will be the first of many doggerel posts, Editor at Large Tim Clark has come through with a piece of verse dedicated to the now-infamous signature of Jack Lew President Obama’s Treasury secretary nominee.

From Hamilton to Lew

Alexander the first must twist in his grave
To think that the dollar would be so depraved
As to feature the signature of Jacob. J. Lew
When no one comes close to guessing just who

Might scribble such squiggles and odd loop-de-dos!
Ne’er Treasury’s chief, says Alex’s muse,
And Obama, he too can scarcely believe
That his pick can’t write words that people can read.

So the Prez orders Lew to clean up his act
To penmanship school he orders him back
Clear writing means clear thinking, of that he is sure
And no Secretary of his will sign so impure!

Tim Clark served as editor in chief, publisher and president of Government Executive in the years since it was acquired by National Journal Group in 1987. He and his colleagues have built Government Executive into an essential source for federal managers, a shaper of the government management debate and a key player in the good-government movement. Clark has spent his journalistic career studying and writing about government, and is a founder of National Journal, Washington’s premier source of political insight. He also founded Empire State Report, a monthly magazine about government in New York. He is a fellow and former board member of the National Academy of Public Administration.

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