So when we hear Holder is likely staying, that, as we have noted, most likely means he’s at Justice maybe until he goes to Martha’s Vineyard in August, or that perhaps he’s remaining at his post until year’s end. “Staying” is no guarantee that he’s on the job for another four.
Ditto with “going,” which means “likely to be going in the near future.” (Raising the question of the meaning of “near.”) Kind of like “anon.”
White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew, as expected, got the nod to be Treasury secretary. But it came with an assignment from the big boss.
President Obama joked Thursday that his offer was conditional on Lew’s promise to work on his penmanship (after news reports, including the Loop’s, poked fun at his oddball signature that likely will grace dollar bills).
“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 said in concluding the public announcement. “Jack assures me that he is going to work to make at least one letter legible in order not to debase our currency should he be confirmed as secretary of the Treasury.”