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Presidents in History

In February we celebrate Presidents Day. Let's look at the handwriting of a few of our past presidents:

  1. William Taft's (1901-1909) signature leans sharply to the right. Right-slanted writers are emotional, spontaneous, and sometimes lack control. They often go with what feels good and have a hard time holding back. These characteristics will sometimes get right-slanted writers into sticky situations. Taft was known for his gusto and love of life, including food. The 332-pound president once required six men to dislodge him from his presidential bathtub. It was replaced with a tub large enough for our weightiest president.
  1. The lower zone (the bottom loops of the letters f, g, j, p, q, and y) represents our sexuality and physical desires. The lower zone also can reflect the health of the writer's lower body. Do you see how Franklin D. Roosevelt's (1882-1945) "y" in the word "personally" is stunted? FDR was careful to hide the extent of the debilitating illness that left his lower extremities paralyzed. It is now believed that Roosevelt's paralytic illness was most likely Guillain-Barre syndrome, not polio.
  1. Look at the bizarre "x" formations at the top of the "C's in Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) signature. When "x" formations appear in handwriting -- where they don't belong -- it indicates that the writer thinks frequently about death. Coolidge suffered from a wide variety of maladies while in the White House. He complained about stomach problems that weakened him so much that he often slept more than 15 hours a day. It's believed that many of his ailments were psychosomatic. People close to "Silent Cal" reported that the president blamed himself for his son's death and suffered from severe guilt and major depression.
  1. Look at Abraham Lincoln's signature. Do you notice that the "r" in Abraham is printed, while the rest of the signature is written in a cursive script? Writers who combine printing with cursive writing are usually very bright, creative thinkers. Print-writing can be much more efficient than printing or cursive writing alone. Notice that Lincoln's script also has an "educated" look to it. This shows Lincoln's innate intelligence. Lincoln (1809-1856) actually had very little formal education after his mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, died after drinking the milk of a cow that had digested poisonous mushrooms.

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