Nancy Reagan was at the White House yesterday for the signing of a proclamation to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth. She made an observation about President Obama that doubtless has many conservatives referring to her as "Sherlock."
The President's confirming statement of "I am a lefty" is sure to be isolated to launch a thousand YouTube videos.
I actually never noticed that the President was left-handed. As a fellow lefty myself, it always seems to be a righty who points it out. Actually, given that 93% of people are right-handed, I guess it always seems to be a righty doing everything.
As a lefty, I've never been able to stand my fellow southpaws who make a big frakking deal about it. For people who are supposed to be so creative, a lot of us have an inordinately hard time working a pair of scissors. When I was a kid, specialized lefty stuff was everywhere, but I could never see the huge difference. The "lefty notebook?" A regular notebook turned upside-down. 5 bucks, please.
Sure, there are some minor hardships to being a lefty. You haven't heard deep irritation until you've heard someone holler at a pickup baseball game, "Does anybody have a lefty mitt?!" Trying to jam your thumb into the pinky of a righty baseball glove is also no picnic.
Still, I'd be willing to bet that President Obama doesn't go around dropping slap-worthy bits of lefty trivia like, "Did you know the Latin word for right is 'Dexter,' and the word for left is 'sinister?'" (Yes, everybody knows this.) If he was "that guy," I'm sure I would have already known he was left-handed by his collection of specialized neckties.
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