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02/28/2008 10:38 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

What's Wrong with Being a Lefty?

When NBC's Tim Russert questioned Senator Barack Obama on being far to the left, Obama should have responded with pride, and said, "Well yes, I am a lefty and am in great company."

Many presidents who are quite deft have functioned on the left.

Just ask Hillary Clinton. While she may be bereft at what she considers the theft of her rightful position of Democratic nominee, she need only look to her husband and see yet another left-handed charmer who managed to win the hearts of the public and beat a competitor with more gravitas and experience. Not only is Bill Clinton left-handed but so was the Republican's patron saint, Ronald Reagan.

As Maureen Dowd, the New York Times' sassy sage observed, "experience doesn't beat excitement" and "voters gravitate toward the presidential candidates who seem more comfortable in their skin," such as Clinton, JFK and Reagan and W.

And while JFK may not have been left-handed, his two children were including Caroline Kennedy, whose endorsement helped propel Obama's candidacy to soaring heights.

Another key left-handed supporter for Obama was Oprah Winfrey whose endorsement helped conflicted women see the light that their vote should be based on who is the best candidate and not swayed by gender.

The writer Chris McManus, author of Right Hand, Left Hand, argues that left-handed people are often high achievers and that "left-handers' brains are structured differently in a way that widens their range of abilities." In fact, the genes that determine left-handedness also govern development of the language centers of the brain.

Fortunately, some studies have revealed a link between left-handedness and creative intelligence. Doesn't this trait apply to Senator Barack Obama?. After all, for his so-called inexperience, he has managed to organize a campaign that outsmarted the "experienced" candidate.

It is no secret that President George W. Bush botched his presidency by being too right, and should have leaned a little left like his left-handed father, George Bush.

We have no worries about Obama being too right, only right in his conviction to change America and bring us back on course. But challenges lie ahead. The economy is tanking and he doesn't want to be remembered for that other left-handed president, Herbert Hoover, whose clueless financial policy threw the nation into depression. Perhaps he'll be a visionary thinker like left-hander Benjamin Franklin and smart enough to assemble an innovative team to help calm the financial tremors rippling globally. If investing in energy reform, Obama could distribute some of Exxon's bloated profits to fix many domestic problems. It just takes some innovative thinking and courage.

As for Hillary Clinton? She will soon have to hand over the prize to Obama but perhaps she can demand to be the Senate Majority Leader, a role that best suits her talents.

But just imagine White House dinners filled with lefties. How interesting would it be if Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Jessica Parker, Paul McCartney, Natalie Cole, U.S. Supreme Court justices Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Anthony Kennedy and even Republicans like Steve Forbes all were guests at evenings designed to showcase an invigorated country and Presidency? To that I say, "Right On!"