Whether it’s Barack Obama or John McCain, one thing we can say for sure is a
lefty will succeed President Bush.

No, I’m not talking politics here.

Obama and McCain are both left-handed, as Russell Berman
points out this week in the New York

And, as a lot of us southpaws already knew, it’s become
quite common to find a fellow lefty in the White House. The recent list
includes Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Before
Ford, only James Garfield and Harry Truman are definitively known to have been

No one has offered much of an explanation for this. I won’t
try either. But I suppose the president sits at the head of the table at a state
dinner, so no one need worry about bashing elbows.

— Jim Sweeney