Biden Wants Lin-Manuel Miranda to Write a Musical About the First Female Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen

Coming off the historic announcement that he's picked Janet Yellen to nominate as the first female Secretary of the Treasury, President-elect Joe Biden has suggested that Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda write a follow-up to his iconic musical, one that would honor Yellen.

President-elect Biden has a request for @Lin_Manuel: Write the musical about the first woman Treasury Secretary, @JanetYellen.

— The Recount (@therecount) December 1, 2020

In case you've somehow missed the Hamilton phenomenon in the past five years, first: Wow. Second: Just know that the hip-hop musical focuses on the life and times of the titular Alexander Hamilton, who served as the very first Secretary of Treasury, fought in the American Revolution, worked alongside fellow founding fathers like President George Washington and endured numerous personal hardships.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Biden said, "You might have to ask Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the musical about the first Secretary of the Treasury: Hamilton, to write another musical about the first woman Secretary of the Treasury: Yellen. That's what I'm working on right now, Jan."

Earlier in his address, Biden sang Yellen's praises, citing her many accomplishments. "Janet is one of the most important economic thinkers of our time. She has spent her career focused on unemployment and the dignity of work, which is really important to me and all of us," he said at one point.

Yellen has already worked with previous presidents, and Biden will simply be the latest. In 1999, she left a position on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to become head of then-President Bill Clinton's Council of Economic Advisers, according to Britannica. She was also nominated as the head of the Federal Reserve System in 2013, by then-President Barack Obama.

While the president-elect let it be known that he's not going to throw away his shot (apologies) to call on Miranda for a favor, some people on Twitter were less excited about Biden's playful ask. A staff writer for The Atlantic jokingly asked if it's too early to impeach Biden for kidding about a Yellen musical.

Is it too early to begin impeachment proceedings?

— David A. Graham (@GrahamDavidA) December 1, 2020

While it seems unlikely that Miranda would try to capture the lightning in a bottle of Hamilton for a second time, the Tony-winning phenom is a fan of Biden's; he supported the president-elect in his run for president. Miranda even starred in a Spanish-language October ad endorsing the future 46th president. "We need to vote for Joe Biden as president so he can help unify the country, take our small businesses forward and respect and help the Puerto Ricans on the island," Miranda said in Spanish, according to The Hill.

Miranda's publicist did not respond to Newsweek's emailed request for comment in time for publication.

While Biden has named Yellen as his nomination for treasury secretary, she still needs to be confirmed by the Senate. Confirmation hearings are set to take place in the next few weeks. Following those, and assuming the Senate gives Yellen the go-ahead, Biden "presents a signed commission" to Yellen, and she will be sworn in, according to The Heritage Foundation. It's very rare for the Senate to deny a cabinet position to a nominee: Only nine have been outright rejected, although several cabinet nominations have been withdrawn.

Janet Yellen
U.S. Secretary of the Treasury nominee Janet Yellen speaks during an event to name President-elect Joe Biden’s economic team at the Queen Theater on December 1, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Alex Wong/Getty