Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Chicago suburbs
Re: To heck with the fact that Obama is black ...
Obama is the 8th president to be left-handed, which is definitely out of proportion to the general population. Overall only about 10% of people are lefties, and 8 out of 44 is 18%. The news report that mentioned this talked about a few traits that seemed to be characteristic of lefties, such as creativity, problem solving skills, and an ability to think outside the box. I'm a lefty too, so I gave it some thought and realized that all of those characteristics make perfect sense since we have to find ways to get by in a right handed world. Particularly in my childhood, I was faced with situations that seemed perfectly normal but were in fact a challenge because of me being 'backwards'. The end result of my school years was that I'm ambidextrous in pretty much everything but writing, and in a few things I learned to be right handed because it was simply easier. My school didn't have any left handed baseball equipment, so I bat and throw right handed. My high school had an abundance of racquets for every sport, so I can play with either hand, or use two racquets.
I suppose every minority faces challenges in fitting in with the majority - from that standpoint Barack should be a very innovative president. He's left handed, mixed race, presumed to be 100% African-American, comes from a single parent home... Yep, he's in a lot of minorities and he's made the best of all of them!
~Diana, happy mom to Fern and Fergie