Obama Stokes Lefty Pride In More Ways Than You Think

Democrat is sixth southpaw among postwar presidents
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2009 2:08 PM CST
President Barack Obama signs a series of executive orders, including one closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay today at the White House.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama’s inauguration continues the lefty domination of the White House—after all, five other postwar presidents have been southpaws, too, MSNBC reports. Only about a tenth of the population is left-handed, but that includes a disproportionate number of politicians, athletes, and artists. “From a statistical standpoint, it looks like something’s going on, but what it is, we don’t know,” one professor says.

He theorizes that, because left-handed people have more symmetric brains, “this has given rise to a different way of thinking, a different cognitive style. Maybe this difference provides lefties with a social advantage.” And it’s not just American presidents who have a “social advantage”: Other lefty leaders include Alexander the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Gandhi.