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    Default President Obama's Letters

    This was in today's NY Times.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/19/a...T.nav=top-newshttps://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/19/a...T.nav=top-news

    The top letter, at least, looks to have been written with a fountain pen. His handwriting puts me to shame. Letters of statesmen and other important personages will soon be a thing of the past. They will be missed.
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    His handwriting is beautifully clear and easy to read. I wish my loops were more like his (mine are too tiny and get filled in, and others disappear entirely with some inks/pens).

    How did you feel about the question of whether or not they should be published? I don't think Emory would publish them without the permission of the writers, but the article says they weren't all that personal.
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    I'm impressed he was that thoughtful and well spoken as an early 20-something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Onogaro View Post
    His handwriting is beautifully clear and easy to read. I wish my loops were more like his (mine are too tiny and get filled in, and others disappear entirely with some inks/pens).
    I'm with you on that wish, too (in fact, ALL aspects of my handwriting could improve). It reminded me that he is left-handed, and I got curious (I only remember the major fact). So I did a quick look-see and find an overwriter. This is pretty cool to see how a President will utilize all those ceremonial pens...

    "When Men differ in Opinion, both Sides ought equally to have the Advantage of being heard by the Publick;
    and that when Truth and Error have fair Play, the former is always an overmatch for the latter."

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    About the only thing Obama and I have in common is - - we're both left handed. His penmanship is way better than mine.

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    I didn't realize he was a lefty. He has such a nice vertical handwriting style.
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    Yes, very clear handwriting, as legible as print. And very "no-drama" handwriting, if I may use the phrase. In retrospect, you could almost tell from it what kind of President he would be.
    “We go to the garrick now and become warbs.”--James Thurber

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    Default Re: President Obama's Letters

    Also he can write Arabic I believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyril View Post
    Also he can write Arabic I believe.
    While he has engaged in a small amount of spoken communication in other languages, I had not heard or seen any reference to his abilities to write in non-Western scripts.
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    and that when Truth and Error have fair Play, the former is always an overmatch for the latter."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyril View Post
    Also he can write Arabic I believe.
    If he can, I'm impressed. I wish I could--it's more art than handwriting. It's visually such a beautiful language, like Japanese, Chinese, and Sanskrit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Onogaro View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Cyril View Post
    Also he can write Arabic I believe.
    If he can, I'm impressed. I wish I could--it's more art than handwriting. It's visually such a beautiful language, like Japanese, Chinese, and Sanskrit.
    "When Men differ in Opinion, both Sides ought equally to have the Advantage of being heard by the Publick;
    and that when Truth and Error have fair Play, the former is always an overmatch for the latter."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Szanto View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Onogaro View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Cyril View Post
    Also he can write Arabic I believe.
    If he can, I'm impressed. I wish I could--it's more art than handwriting. It's visually such a beautiful language, like Japanese, Chinese, and Sanskrit.
    Thank you for that, Jon! I enjoyed it.
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