Friday, March 26, 2010
Signing the bill with so many pens
Why did Obama use so many pens when he signed the Health Care legislation? It was clear that he wasn't signing his name twenty-odd times, but what (exactly) was he doing? Well, apparently, he was signing his name only one time, and the pens (I suspect) were meant to be given as gifts. Apparently, this is something that one has to practice when one is president. I mean, the signature looks like something that is rather well-written, so it seems like Obama has had enough practice over the past year-plus in writing his name with a multiplicity of pens (but he still seems to be having problems with his "O").
On an interesting side-note, Obama is left-handed. As was Bill Clinton, and George H.W. Bush. (If George W. had been left-handed, this would have been a rather interesting trend in the handedness of presidents. Still, with 7-10% of the population being left-handed, it's interesting to note that of the past 14 presidents (including Obama), 5 were left-handed (35.7%). If we include the ambidextrous presidents, then we have 7 of the last 14 (50%), which is well above the background, population, levels of left-handedness and ambidexterity.