Robin Hood photobombed Jack Lew at his Senate Finance Committee confirmation hearing to become Treasury secretary, creating some odd moments in the tense hearing.
Two men dressed up like the hooded figure appeared behind Lew during his hearing and were caught by C-SPAN cameras. The Robin Hood look-alikes photobombed Jack Lew to gain attention for their group, The Robin Hood Tax, which wants a new tax on Wall Street transactions.
When not being photobombed by Robin Hood, Jack Lew faced tough questioning on his plans for the economy. Republicans grilled Lew about the administration’s plans to held contain “entitlement” programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, The Associated Press noted.
Lew called on Congress to avoid automatic spending cuts set to take effect March 1, saying that the $85 million in cuts would threaten the broader economy. If nominated, Lew would step into a dispute between the White House and Congress on proposed cuts to defense and domestic spending.
Lew is Obama’s nominee to succeed Timothy Geithner, who stepped down last month as Treasury secretary. Though the environment is still difficult between Obama and Congress, Lew would step into a situation vastly different from the one Geithner inherited, The Associated Press noted:
“The economy and banking system are far healthier now. Yet Lew will likely marshal all his strengths as a federal government budget specialist to achieve significant success while quickly overcoming inexperience in some crucial areas.
“Lew is well prepared for tax and spending questions. He has twice served as a White House budget director — once during the Clinton administration and once under Obama before becoming his chief of staff.”
The Robin Hood photobomb of Jack Lew isn’t the only mention for the English hero, Yahoo! News noted. In the Tea Party response to President Obama’s State of the Union address, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul also name-dropped Robin Hood.