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>What does Barack Obama’s Signature tell about his personality ?

October 3, 2010

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– Barack Hussein Obama is the 44th and current President of the United States
– He is the first African American to hold the office.
– Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was the president of the Harvard Law Review.
– On October 8, 2009, Obama was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
– Besides his native English, Obama speaks Indonesian at the conversational level, which he learned during his four childhood years in Jakarta.
– His first book was published in mid-1995. Known as “Dreams from My Father”

Trivia:
Obama tried to quit smoking several times over the years and has used nicotine replacement therapy. However in June 2010, during a congratulatory phone call to president-elect Benigno Aquino of the Philippines, Obama told Aquino that he had quit and would offer advice on how to stop smoking when Aquino was himself ready for that step.

Signature Sample:

A note about Signature Sample:
This Signature is of President Barack Obama signing the historic healthcare bill at the White House. What may surprise you is the fact that Obama used not one, or two, but 22 different pens to sign this history bill.
TIME magazine explains the rationale behind multi-pen signatures:
The pen used to sign historic legislation itself becomes a historical artifact. The more pens a President uses, the more thank-you gifts he can offer to those who helped create that piece of history. The White House often engraves the pens, which are then given as keepsakes to key proponents or supporters of the newly signed legislation.
More details here .

Barack Obama’s Signature Analysis:
Barack Obama’s Signature shows Desire for Responsibility . This may sound a very obvious trait for a person who is arguably the most Powerful person on Earth, handling country as big as United States and many a crucial World affairs. This trait is important in a Leadership role which requires a person to take up responsibilities abruptly. Obama has a desire to be needed by a large number of people. A sneak peak into earlier days of Obama reveals that in late 1988, he entered Harvard Law School. He was selected as an editor of the Harvard Law Review at the end of his first year, and president of the journal in his second year. He has been wanting the responsibilities to do more from his early days.

Obama possesses Fluidity of Thoughts in his personality. Fluidity of thoughts at a granular level is the ability of a person to move from one thought to other with ease. This forms the basis of supreme Communication Skills that he possesses. He is also Frank and honest While relaying his comments and thoughts. He is known for his Oratory powers. One of the events that is widely considered as turning point for Obama’s career is his keynote address in 2004 Democratic National Convention . The video of Keynote is here . This speech catapulted Obama in the National scene. His discourse was widely regarded as eloquent and inspiring. Many observers consider Obama such an accomplished speaker that they compare him with the great communicator of our era- Martin Luther King Jr., John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan. His oratory powers are also acknowledged by Republicans as well. As Louisiana’s Republican Governor Bobby Jindal commented on August 10, 2008,
“Senator Obama is one of the best Speakers- one of the most inspiring speakers- I’ve seen in a political generation. You have to go back to President Ronald Reagan to really see somebody who’s that articulate.” So much is the Influence of Obama’s communication skills that Shel Leanne wrote a book- Say It Like Obama: The Power of Speaking with Purpose and Vision highlighting his techniques that makes him a speaker par excellence. Fluidity of Thoughts not only formed the basis of his speaking skills but also the Writing skills. He has also authored high impact books such as Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance and The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

Obama has the need to be Socially Prominent , as someone of enormous stature. He wants to stand-out in public. He has this innate need to be famous.
Obama has Immense Pride in self and his abilities also.

He possess good deal of determination in his personality. Determination is one positive trait that helps anyone achieve the goals one has set for self. Obama’s rise in the United States political scene is nothing short of a miracle. He was elected to the Illinois Senate in 1996 and he was President of United States by 2008. From being a State Senator to ruling United States in close to a decade is meteoric. Determination is certainly one of the traits that has helped him scale new heights while maintaining that burning passion.

Obama is Cautious in his decision making approach. He always choose to be careful in order to minimize risks. The cautious tendency reduces any impulsive behavior and causes one to weigh pros and cons before making decisions. He uses his judgment and is ruled by head and not by heart especially in decision making. In his article in Washington Post by Joel Achenbach, he says- “President Obama is almost defiantly deliberative, methodical and measured, even when critics accuse him of dithering. When describing his executive style, he goes into Spock mode, saying, “You’ve got to make decisions based on information and not emotions. Obama’s style has been attacked from his left flank as well. Liberals have zinged him as being too cautious, too much of a compromiser.” More on Joel’s article here . He also possesses Perfectionism in his personality and that may be the reason i.e. to satisfy his desire for Perfection, some of his decisions take time but by general consensus are more articulate.

Obama possesses Analytical Thinking in his personality. Many theorists label him as more Analytical than George Bush . A person with Analytical thinking ability weighs one fact against another, coming up with well-considered decisions.

The basis of Barack Obama’s Signature Analysis:

References:
1. Picture Source- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barack_Obama
2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barack_Obama
3. http://www.labnol.org/home/obama-multipen-signature/13281/
4. The Book- “Say it Like Obama” authored by Shel Leanne.
5. The Book- “Handwriting Analysis- Putting it Work for You” by Andrea McNichol.

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2 Comments
  1. >The immense distortion in the relative proportion of his capital letters indicate extreme narcissism. Over-compensation for extreme feelings of inferiority. The loop on the "B" is not at the beginning; here is represents fluid thinking.A very egocentric, narcissistic signature!LisaSchuetz.com

  2. >Hi Lisa,Thanks for visiting and for your comments. The immense distortion in the relative proportion of his capital letters indicate extreme narcissism. I agree to an extent. It does represent Vanity, which could mean excessive Pride in self. I wish i had some examples from the real life instances, which i didnt find.A very egocentric, narcissistic signature! I think having ego or sense of self is a crucial part of one's success. Being Egocenteric may be takes things a bit too far. This version of Obama's signature reflects that. But i wont be judgemental to call entrire signature narcissistic as there are other aspects to his Signature which i have covered above.Regards,Anuj

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