I like having a president that is a member of the same minority as me. Of course, I had good odds this last election. Both Obama and McCain were left-handed. That's unusual considering only about 10 percent of the people in the world are left-handed. Actually, it's not unusual considering four out of the last five presidents were left-handed. Yep, you guessed it. GWB was a rightie.
At a recent televised document signing, I noticed that President Obama 'hooks' his hand around his writing. Some say lefties do that to prevent smearing what they've written, others say they do that because they were taught to write by righties, but I've also heard it effectively argued that 'hook writers' are conflicted about handedness. I don't know. I don't hook my hand and I do have a problem with smearing.
Reagan, Ford, and Truman were lefties that were forced to change handedness early in life.
I belong to an interesting minority, don't I? Learn more about left-handedness.
It is interesting that so many modern presidents and presidential candidates are/were left-handed. Reading the article and following some links, I learned that all three candidates in 1992 were left-handers. In 1996 too, if one includes Bob Dole who is left-handed because of an injury.
It is also interesting that this trend of left-handed leaders is apparently unique to the US. Now I'm curious about why this is so.
Edited at 2009-01-26 03:48 pm (UTC)