Saturday, July 26, 2008

The White House: A Vast ‘Left-Handed’ Conspiracy

Among the oddities that has emerged during the course of the present Presidential election, is that both candidates - John McCain and Barack Obama - are left-handed.

Previously, we translated an Arabic article from Iraq about the phenomenon, and today we have this from France’s Rue 89.

Alluding to the unlikelihood of such a turn of events, Guillemette Faure writes:

“When Obama or McCain move into the White House in January, four of the five last American presidents will have been left-handed. … And if the Supreme Court hadn’t lent a hand to George W. Bush during the recount of votes in Florida in 2000, with the election of Al Gore the five last American presidents would have been left-handed.”

So why is the U.S. so prone to left-handed leaders? Faure speaks to an author of a book on the left-handed, who responds:

“The proportion of left-handed (per country) is directly proportional to the tolerance accorded left-handers. It was 3 percent in early 20th century France. It’s now around 15 percent and in the United States, it’s approaching 25 percent. It [the U.S.] is historically a more permissive country, more concerned with individual rights, which has lifted the stigma from left-handedness much earlier than in our Old Europe.”


By Guillemette Faure

Translated By Kate Davis

July 24, 2008

France - Rue 89 - Original Article (French)

On November 4, Americans will elect the fourth left-handed president since Ronald Reagan. Coincidence?

Barack Obama or John McCain? On November 4, the United States will have a choice between left and left … hand, that is. The two contenders for the White House are both left-handed. Coincidence? In 1992, the three candidates, Bush senior, Bill Clinton and Ross Perot, were all left-handed (and Clinton was elected left-handed person of the year by the international association of left-handed people that year). Ronald Reagan was also left-handed. In other words, when Obama or McCain moves into the White House in January, four of the five last American presidents will have been left-handed.

And if the Supreme Court hadn’t lent a hand to George W. Bush during the recount of votes in Florida in 2000, with the election of Al Gore the five last American presidents would have been left-handed. What’s more, the last two right-handed presidents, Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush, quickly lost their hands, arriving at the end of their presidency with popularity ratings at their lowest.

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