Amid all the talk about the inscrutable signature of Jack Lew, President Barack Obama’s choice for Treasury secretary, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan
sees something noteworthy in Obama’s own signature.
It’s big, just like his envisioned role for the government.
The speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan compares the size of Reagan's signature to Obama’s.
The current president’s signature “is so big, more than an inch and a half high at the “B,” which is an inch and a half wide,” she writes. “Reagan’s first and last names could fit in the “B” alone.”
Obama’s signature is “dramatic, even theatrical,” Noonan says. “The “O” is cut almost exactly in two by the elongated “b” of Obama. Even in his signature he starkly divides. The signature of the secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, is clear, unslanted, and also big, an inch high and 5 inches long.”
So what does it all mean? “To me it’s a metaphor for the growth in the power and size of the federal government the past quarter century and, frankly, the more flamboyant egos — or, a nicer way to say it would be the bigger personalities — that populate it today,” Noonan writes.
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