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Lefty in the White House

The Left may have found itself summarily dropped off on the highway for going overboard with its display of backseat-driving of the UPA government bus.

india Updated: Jul 13, 2008 22:06 IST

The Left may have found itself summarily dropped off on the highway for going overboard with its display of backseat-driving of the UPA government bus. But in America, a startling development might give them some hope — at least, till the second glance.

It’s certain now that with Hillary Clinton out of the US presidential race, the 44th President of the United States of America will be a lefty. But before anyone starts thinking that Guantanamo Bay is about to be taken over by Castro’s Cuba or that Joseph McCarthy will be forced to spin triple somersaults in his grave, let us quickly point out that by ‘lefty’ we mean ‘left-handed’, not someone of an ideological position that requires him to toast a drink each time with “Death to crony capitalism and neo-imperialistic hegemons”!

Both Barack Obama and John McCain are southpaws — as were Harry Truman, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George Bush Sr and Bill Clinton. With 7-10 per cent of the world’s adult population left-handed, perhaps there is some sort of natural selection of leadership hidden somewhere. Our PM? Well, after calling the Left’s bluff, he has shown that he’s ambidextrous.