Left-handed Presidents

Celebrity Q&A
on December 19, 2004

I was wondering who among our recent presidents are left-handed.
—Marcia M., South Carolina

Presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford are left-handed. Presidents George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter are right-handed. And while many left-handers claimed President Ronald Reagan as one of their own, an archivist at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library says that he used his right hand for most tasks. In his autobiography, An American Life, Reagan wrote, "I've always been a right-hander, but sometimes I think I was intended to be a southpaw because there are some things I just do automatically with my left hand—like shooting a gun."


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