As the Presidential race heats up with sixteen Republicans and five Democrats having declared their intent to run, we will be presenting an occasional ‘fun fact’ about the office of President. In this edition, the issue is left-handedness.
In the general United States population around ten percent of our citizens are left handed. Of the forty-three individuals (Grover Cleveland is counted twice) who have held the office of President, eight, or almost nineteen percent, are left handed.
What is even more interesting is that five of the last seven Presidents have been left-handed. In fact, all three Presidential candidates in 1992 (George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Ross Perot) are left-handed. John McCain, who lost to Barack Obama in 2008, is left-handed as well.
So, as we approach the 2016 election, maybe we should forget the polls and the debates….just look for the left-handed candidates!
The eight left-handed Presidents, according to the 2015 Edition of the World Almanac, are James Garfield, Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.