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Handwriting Analysis of Barack Obama

Handwriting Analysis of George W. Bush


















Sample Handwriting of Barack Obama

This analysis is based on a sample of Barack Obama’s handwriting and signature written on 23rd July 2008, in the midst of the economic meltdown and during his campaign for nomination as Democratic candidate for the 2009 Presidential election.


Summary Graphological Analysis of Barack Obama

Intellectual Traits

Obama’s handwriting is fast and has a high form level with quick and fluid stroke movements. This indicates a high degree of intelligence and perception. He has a quick and easy grasp of new ideas and concepts. The openness of the writing indicates broad-minded person who is open to new ideas and opinions. The letters are mostly connected indicating a sequential mind that is able to efficiently connect information and arrive at intelligent conclusions. The occasional breaks in connectivity indicate strong instincts. Obama is able to form quick and intuitive judgments of situations and people which he trusts.

The regularity and average size of the writing indicates versatility of a person who can think as well as act. He has focus and is able to concentrate on detail. Though he has the ability to specialize in a chosen area, his interests and knowledge are broad-based and cover a range of topics. The angularity and sharp tipped ‘m’ and ‘n’ indicate strong result orientation and an analytical and questioning mind. The fluent figure 8 formation of the ‘g’ and figure 7 of the ‘y’ indicate a keen mathematical ability. Intellectual activity is Obama’s forte. He delegates well, sets high standards of quality and follows up for completion.

While the handwriting is regular indicating organization, and dependability, there are frequent variations in certain letter formations and a certain flexibility of the base line. This shows that Obama is not rigid in his views and is able to adjust to different people and changing situations. He is an effective agent of change. He is able to take shortcuts of efficiency. The speed of the writing and occasional fading out of word endings show the he thinks quicker than his ability to express himself and tends to get impatient with those who cannot keep pace with him.

Obama’s handwriting is vertical and well connected, indicative of a logical and objective mind that does not allow his emotions to affect his decisions making. He likes to have all facts with him so that all alternatives can be considered before deciding. He uses a combination of logic and intuition in his decision making. At the same time, the garland connections show empathy and that that he is not blind to the human factor in his decisions.

Obama is an excellent planner and strategist. His sequential thinking and care for detail support his planning ability. The wide and occasionally unusual formations in the upper zone show vision and the ability to dream. Obama is creative and original in his thinking. He considers all angles and possibilities, evaluating both the past and present in his approach to what lies ahead.

An interesting facet of Obama’s handwriting is the narrow and narrowing left margin and the occasionally wide right margin. This indicates that he is increasingly drawn to the past and the way things have been done in thepast, with an eye for tradition. The word ending strokes reach straight out, showing that he tends to hold back, curb impulsiveness and perhaps delay final action, preferring to err on the side of caution.

Attitude and Temperament

The lines of Obama’s handwriting rise to start with and then become more horizontal, indicating a basically positive and cheerful attitude of optimism looking for ways to succeed. This is tempered with caution and pragmatism. His handwriting points to hopefulness that no matter how bad things are at the moment they will be better tomorrow. This attitude is typically indicative of an optimist in the turbulent period (July 2008) during which the note was written.

The large personal ‘I’ and signature in a regular script indicate strong self confidence and the firm down-strokes in the lower zone show a determination that will drive Obama to follow his objectives with persistence.

As he interacts with others Obama is diplomatic as seen from the tapering letter sizes. He is able to make his point of view without arousing resentment. His apparently easy-going style however, changes quickly in his working environment where he becomes intensely focused on meeting high standards of performance. The firm vertical strokes indicate that he is controlled and values self-discipline. He would evaluate others on the basis of their discipline as measured by their performance. Like any strong leader, he might have somewhat unrealistic expectations of others and can be caustic in his criticism.

The widespread writing with low ‘t’ stems and original formations indicates a strong individuality. Obama values his independence and needs elbow room to think and act. He has initiative and the conviction to initiate changes in the system. He demonstrates clarity of his goals and has firm and unambiguous ideas about how they are to be achieved.


The firm pressured handwriting indicates that Obama has strong feelings and is capable of deep and lasting emotions of love and loyalty. Being basically a positive person, negative emotions like dislike and resentment, though equally deeply felt, would not persist.

Though his emotions are deeply felt, the vertical handwriting shows that Obama is not an emotionally demonstrative person. He tends to suppress the expression of his feelings and he can be a difficult person to understand well. One does not always know where one stands with him.

The wide-looped ‘d’ stems indicate a strong sensitivity to personal criticism. He would probably react negatively to criticism on the personal front and cannot be motivated by it. The exaggerated ‘g’ loops indicate that he tends to exaggerate emotional issues at a personal level.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Obama has social confidence and can be amiable, receptive and generous, as seen from the garland connections. However, the relatively small and vertical handwriting are hallmarks of a reserved person. His interactions with others are ‘efficient’ and objective, and directed to achieve a purpose, not because he really likes people.

He has strong leadership qualities of drive for results which is balanced by empathy for feelings. He would be respected by the performers on his team for his objectivity and drive and feared by the non-performers for the same reasons.

The wide-spaced lines of the handwriting indicate clarity of thought which reflects in the quality of Obama’s communications. He is objective, clear and methodical in his communications and ensures that his message gets across the way it was intended.

Ego and Motivation

The most prominent feature in Obama’s handwriting sample is the huge signature, several times larger than the handwriting, which indicates Obama’s strong need to project a larger-than- life image in public. Only when one gets to know him better does the more reserved person emerge. The ‘Obama’ in the signature is closely linked with his first name indicating strong family ties. The size of the ‘B’ however overshadows all else indicating the need to recognized for his personal achievements and abilities rather than for any reflected glory from his environment.

The overall size of the handwriting and the relative size of the middle and lower zones show that Obama is motivated by satisfaction of a job well done and recognition of his expertise, rather than by his power, authority and status symbols.

The ‘t’ crosses in Obama’s handwriting at the time this was written, start relatively low but rise to the top of the upper zone, indicative of his setting high, dynamic and challenging goals that would take him up from his present situation to much greater heights, goals that he has without doubt achieved!

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Sample Handwriting of George W. Bush

The undated handwriting sample used for the graphological analysis of George W. Bush is reproduced below. As the pressure of the writing is not clear from this scanned sample, interpretations related to pressure are not possible.


Summary Graphological Analysis of George W. Bush

Intellectual Traits

The sped and fluency of the writing indicates that George W. Bush is a very intelligent person with quick and fluent flow of thoughts and ideas. The angularity and upward and downward points in the writing point to an analytical and investigative mind. He is perceptive and has a keen mental agility. He does not accept things at face value and asks ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions.

The writing is of average size, indicating a balance between thought and action. The combination of connected letters and frequent breaks are the traits of a sequential thinker who also has strong instincts that he trusts. Bush has the ability to combine logic with instincts in his decisions. The letter breaks and original letter formations also point to creativity and capacity for original thinking. He is able to come up with quick and innovative solutions and explanations.

The speed of the writing often affects its legibility. The ‘i’ dots are jabbed and placed to the right. These signs are indicative of impatience for results and irritability with people who cannot keep up with his pace of thinking. The far rightward slant of the writing indicates a highly emotional person whose heart rules his head. Bush has intense emotional responses and finds it difficult to retain his objectivity. His emotions play a major role in his decisions. Put together, these traits result in a tendency for impulsive and often hasty action based on whatever emotions prevail at the moment.

The variable formations of the letters ‘s’ and ‘r’ indicate that Bush might resort to shortcuts of “efficiency” (or convenience) that would sacrifice some degree of completeness in the interest of speed.

Attitude and Temperament

The angle of the lines starts off slightly upward indicating an initial cautious optimism and enthusiasm. This degree of enthusiasm increases progressively as he sees indications of success but once again levels off towards the end. This variability is one of the pointers to an unpredictable attitude and moodiness. The letter size is inconsistent and variable, implying a changeable self-image and level of self-confidence, which is sometimes strong and at others uncertain. The slight waviness in the baseline show that Bush can adapt to different situations and persons and is able to roll with the punches.

The handwriting is angular with a fairly good form level indicating hard work, initiative and the ability to identify and plan to tap opportunities ahead.
Here again his emotionalism and impatience might make Bush tend to accept and act on whatever information is quickly available and convenient. The lower zone loops reaching into the next line point to a need for continual challenge and variety in his activities and relationships. Bush tends to get restless when nothing new is happening then looks around for new opportunities.


The handwriting has a far rightward slant with a predominance of the lower zone and inflated G and Y loops, all pointers to a highly emotional nature and one who tends to exaggerate emotional issues. He is capable of deep and lasting feelings of love and loyalty as well as of dislike and resentment. The opening brace strokes indicate that he tends to carry forward resentments and negative feelings from the past, which might influence his decisions and actions. He needs emotional feedback to feel secure and tends to be emotionally dependent.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Bush is very much of a people person who needs to be liked. He has social confidence, is sensitive to the feelings of those around him and is expressive in his interactions with them. The garland letter connections reveal that his interaction is receptive, generous and reaching out with some gullibility. However, when his own objectives are at stake, rather than reaching out, he pushes out toward others.The wide lower loops indicate a need for variety in his interactions and social relationships. He tends to get bored with a steady relationship.

The combination of angularity and forward sloping writing point to Bush’s leadership skills. He would lead a team with a balance of drive for results and sensitivity for feelings. The open topped ‘a’ and ‘o’ letters indicate that he is keen on communicating and getting his point of view across. The handwriting is often illegible as a result of the speed. In his impatience for his viewpoint to he heard his communications may often lack clarity and might stray away from the point.
He might be an impatient listener.

Ego and Motivation

The most prominent feature of Bush’s signature is the large ‘B’ which overshadows his personal initials ‘GW’, while being closely linked to them. George Bush appears to be more dependent on his family name than on himself for his ego and public image. He relies strongly on his family background and falls back on it for his self-esteem and to justify himself.

The ‘t’ crosses are long and generally set very high on the stems, indicating that he sets very high and challenging personal goals. This feature however, is not consistent and at times, perhaps as a function of his moodiness, he sets lower than achievable goals and hesitates to take firm action relating to the future. This is also seen in the lines often stopping short and leaving a wide right margin.

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