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Lefty In The Whitehouse

Stuart Bailie | 08:57 UK time, Thursday, 22 January 2009

When I was at school, left-handers were treated like minor freaks. We held our pens funny, we smudged our ink and sometimes the letters headed off on the wrong slant. There was some discussion over whether I should be trained to write with the right. Happily, sense held out and the boy was allowed to follow his natural inclinations. Oddly though, I would fence left-handed, but play guitar and throw javelin with the right.

When I meet other southpaws, there's a sense of being members of a cool little club. And after reading this article, I now realise that the gang also features Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Ronald Regan, George H W Bush and Gerald Ford. That's a lot of presidents. We can also call in Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci and Picasso. Apparently, we have "a wider scope of thinking". Which is nice.


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