A fascinating trend for US Presidents to be left-handed is certain to continue, whoever wins the current race to the White House. Barack Obama and his rival John McCain are both left-handers, and follow in the footsteps of southpaw presidents Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
Strange as it may seem, this leftie battle for power is by no means unusual in American politics. In 1992 all three Presidential Candidates, Clinton, Bush and Independent candidate Ross Perot were left-handers and in 1996 Clinton won a second term against fellow leftie Bob Dole.
Only 13 per cent of the population are left-handed, making this extraordinary trend hard to dismiss as pure chance. Analysts are now wondering whether the high instance of left-handers among presidential candidates in recent election campaigns indicates that it could be a key attribute for successful leadership.
Lauren Milsom, Director of www.anythingleft-handed.co.uk and author of “Your Left-Handed Child” confirms that many positive traits directly linked to left-handedness are emerging in current research. “Studies have shown, for example, that among graduates the earning power of left-handed men is 15 per cent greater than that of their right-handed counterparts, perhaps because they are more likely to use both hemispheres of their brain to visualise problems and evaluate situations.” Bilateral brain function may be useful in developing the social and communication skills necessary to be successful in business and politics.
Another common attribute of left-handers is an ability to solve problems with creative thinking. “This is a talent born out of necessity” explains Milsom “since our environment is designed for right-handers’ convenience, thus routinely presenting left-handers with awkward and potentially hazardous situations that have to be overcome”.
With such a strong leftie contingent in the White House, it must surely only be a matter of time before Left-Handers Day, the annual celebration of left-handedness on 13th August, is designated an American National Holiday.
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Notes to Editors:
• Lauren Milsom is a leading expert on all aspects of left-handedness and, with her husband Keith, formed the Left-Handers Association in 1989, a pressure group and information source for improvements in product design, teaching of writing and other skills. Her book “Your Left-Handed Child” was published by Hamlyn in March 2008 price £9.99. ISBN 978-0-600-61480-7
• The Left-Handers Association is now the largest organisation of its kind, with 60,000 members worldwide. Since its formation, the Club has been responsible for a number of product design improvements, and has produced a unique training video for teachers and parents of left-handed children. This video is currently used by all teacher-training colleges and a large number of schools in England.
• The Left-Handers Club is free to join at www.anythingleft-handed.co.uk
• The Club is responsible for International Left-Handers Day, an annual event when left-handers everywhere can celebrate their sinistrality and increase public awareness of the difficulties and advantages of being left-handed. Visit www.lefthandersday.com for more info.
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