Will White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew Be the New Treasury Secretary?

President Obama walks with White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew on March 2 on the South Lawn of the White House. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

White House chief of staff Jack Lew is President Barack Obama’s expected pick to lead the Treasury Department, with an announcement possible before the end of the week.

White House officials would not confirm that a final decision has been made. But aides did not dispute that Lew is emerging as the consensus choice. Sources familiar with the process say Obama is choosing Lew because of his “wide variety of government and private sector experience.”

Lew previously led the Office of Management and Budget and oversaw international economic issues at the State Department. He has played a key role in numerous financial negotiations between the White House and Capitol Hill.

The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss the expected nomination ahead of the president.

However, although it’s still not official, opposition to President Obama’s likely choice has already begun. First, from CNBC’s Larry Kudlow:

And then there’s this from RedState co-founder Ben Domenech:

Over at the Media Research Center, Stephen Gutowski reminds us that Lew said in 2011 that ”there is no need to deal with social security” because it is “solidly funded through 2037″:

Of course, as noted earlier on TheBlaze, Social Security is anything but sustainable.

“[T]he Social Security Administration underestimates how long Americans will live and how much the trust funds will need to pay out — to the tune of $800 billion by 2031, more than the current annual defense budget — and that the trust funds will run out, if nothing is done, two years earlier than the government has predicted [emphasis added],” the New York Times reports.

However, if Twitter serves as an accurate cultural zeitgeist, which is debatable, it appears people are more concerned with Lew’s squiggly signature than they are with his political worldview:

In case you’re wondering what they’re talking about, this is Jack Lew’s actual signature:

Will White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew Be the New Treasury Secretary?And this is what it would look like on U.S. currency:

Will White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew Be the New Treasury Secretary?

Courtesy New York magazine.

Yes, that’s really his signature.

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The AP contributed to this story. This post has been updated.