Archive for Thursday, November 13, 2008

Left-handed advantage

November 13, 2008

Being left-handed I pay particular attention to who is or who is not left-handed. Have you watched people clap? The left hand always does the clapping and is held over the right hand. I watch how people hold their forks when eating and where they place their drinking cup.

I knew before the election that we would have a left-handed president. That’s an easy one because both John McCain and President-elect Barack Obama are left-handed. Seven U.S. presidents were left-handed, James Garfield, Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. And of the last few presidential candidates, Al Gore, Ross Perot, John Edwards and Bob Dole, were left-handed. Many of the world leaders were left-handed, Napoleon, Charlemagne Julius Caesar and Fidel Castro just to name a few.

Out of interest, I did some research about lefties and found out all sorts of interesting tidbits. They are less warm and more oriented toward being in charge. Reagan, Clinton and Obama may have gotten their legendary speaking ability by being left-handed. Left-handed folks are able to speak well because they use both sides of the brain. They are pushier, more dominant, more manipulative, more self centered, all the things that make a good politician.

Did you know there is a “Left Handers’ Day” It is Aug. 13, and this year Barack Obama was nominated Left Hander of the Year.

I have always felt that it is a right-handed world as most tools are designed that way. As a child my teachers tried to make me right-handed, but that did not work. Now the teachers and parents are more understanding, and more items are designed with the left-handers in mind. There are so many talented people in this world, right- or left-handed, it does not matter. We all have to do our own thing with the hand we were dealt.

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