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Obama the lefty (8) Tue, Jan 27, 2009
Wendy, on seeing President Obama write: 
"Ugh, he's a lefty?"
It's funny because people who write left-handed are weird. 

(This post will not accept comments made in reference to Obama's political leanings.  Aim a little higher.  That joke is too obvious.) #politics

Comments:
Jenn B Tue, Jan 27, 2009
hey!  lucky for you my mom always taught me to take "weird" as a compliment....clearly a desperate mother trying to console her young child, but it stuck.

Dana Tue, Jan 27, 2009
No wait a minute - your youngest nephew is a lefty and he's not . . . Hmm.  Well, you might have a point there.  Yesterday, I asked him if he was stinky (it's a mom question) and he turned around, pointed his bottom at me, and made a sniffing noise.  Weird.  I wonder if Obama does that . . .

Rus Tue, Jan 27, 2009
A reliable source has told me that only 2% of the public is left handed, but 45% of the presidents have been.  Hmmmm...I think that bodes well for us southpaws.  :-)

Dave Thu, Jan 29, 2009
Dana, my youngest nephew also threw up on me several times.  Will Obama do that too?  If so, I secede. 

Rus, your reliable source sucks.  Mr. Internet says 8 of the 44 presidents have been lefties, which is 18%.  But people only started paying attention to this trait in the early 1900s.  So since then, of the 14 presidents we've kept track of, 8 of them have been lefties or ambidextrous, which equates to 57%.  Also, 10% of the population is left-handed.

Wendy Thu, Jan 29, 2009
Glad we're not holding anything back Rus, I'm sure it's not as harsh as it sounds.

Rus Fri, Jan 30, 2009
Now Dave...first the disparaging remarks about my wife and then you go to Wikipedia to "debunk" my/her statement.  That really hurts.  Clearly she misheard "ten" as "two" with whatever news show she was watching and they probably looked at the same "source" you did.  (quotes intended).

But I suppose since my claim was exaggerated, you felt the need to same?  The first two sentences of your "source" says, "The handedness of Presidents of the United States is difficult to establish with any certainty before recent times. In the 18th and 19th centuries, left-handedness was considered a disability, and teachers would make efforts to suppress it in their students."  And then you claim 18% is the correct answer which implies that all presidents prior to Hoover were righties. Then there is the fact that there were only 43 Presidents, thanks to Cleveland not serving consecutive terms.  Oh, and if you were using Wikipedia for the true count of LH and Ambi, it was actually 7, not 8.  Of course with Wikipedia, it could have changed since you last looked at it.  Of course...I could have actually been the one to change it.  :-) 

Looks like you and I both need to double check our sources.  (But Wikipedia and my wife still rock!)  :-)

Oh, and it still bodes well for us Southpaws which you also point out...thank you.  :-D

Dave Fri, Jan 30, 2009
Whoops, I didn't realize your source was your wife (sorry Tina, you do not, in fact, suck). 

You're right, I suck.  Wikipedia says 7 of the last 14, which is 50%.  Other sites say 8 of the last 24, which is 33%.  I'll make the assumption that the rest were probably righties, since lefties were considered disabled.  That makes the unofficial count 8 of 43, which is 19%. 

And as for 43/44 thing, there have been 43 different presidents serving in 44 nonconsecutive terms.  My mistake.

Rus Fri, Jan 30, 2009
OK then, with all that in mind, where is my handicapped parking tag?  As long as you say unofficial I will thank you for still acknowledging, while suppressing, the fact that lefties still have a better chance of becoming president.  :-)


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