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The Vice Presidential Candidates:
Joe Biden and Sarah Palin

Barack Obama and John McCain have made their vice presidential picks: Delaware's Senator Joe Biden and Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska.

Barack Obama says that Joe Biden is "an expert on foreign policy whose heart and values are rooted firmly in the middle class," and that Biden "will give us some real straight talk."

John McCain describes Sarah Palin as someone with“grit and integrity," the person who can best help him "shake up Washington."

We've heard what their running mates have said about them...now let's see what their handwriting says.

Joe Biden

  • The "J" in "Joe" is simple, but the "B" in "Biden" is blown out of proportion, which means that Biden's just a regular Joe…with a very large ego.
  • The letters "o" and "a" are the communication letters. The simple and clear "o" in "Joe" does indeed show that Joe Biden is a "straight talker."
  • Notice how the "B" in Biden is split into 2 sections. The second section of the "B" resembles a question mark with a twist at the bottom. This means that he likes to ask a lot of questions and turn the answers around and around giving them his own special twist.

Sarah Palin

  • Sarah Palin's signature is very large with extra large capital letters. You will find large capital letters in the handwriting of many politicians, musicians and others who crave recognition.
  • Do you see how the “S” in “Sarah” juts below the “arah”? This dip indicates that while Ms. Palin may appear to be cool, calm and collected on the surface, underneath it all, there is something amiss in her personal life.
  • The curved dash between the words "for" and "as" appears in the handwriting of people who enjoy music.
  • Look at the "p" in the word "spirit". Do you see how the initial stroke of the "p" in the word spikes far above the rest of the letter? This spiked "p" is known as the "pugilistic p." The pugilistic "p" shows up in the writing of people who are extremely argumentative. The higher the initial stroke rises above the circular part of the p, the more tenaciously pugnacious the writer.

Biden and Palin may have some philosophical differences; however, their handwriting does show they have something in common. Both writers slant their signatures to the right. Right slanted writers lean toward people and have trouble holding back their emotions. Win or lose, these candidates are going to need a lot of Kleenex on election night.

Michelle Dresbold is a nationally known handwriting expert and personality profiler. Are you a doodler? Have a personal question or problem? Mail your doodles and handwritten letters to: The Handwriting Doctor, P.O. Box 1161, Monroeville, PA 15146.

© Copyright 2008 Michelle Dresbold and James Kwalwasser