President Obama was rapped with a ruler while a child in Indonesia for writing with his left hand, Obama himself revealed today.
The president spoke as he signed the guest book at Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s residence. It sounds as if it was his teachers who hit him, though he did not specify.
From the press pool report:
While Obama, a lefty, signed, he talked with Sara some more. “Michelle, she’s a right hander. I’m trying to work on it.”
Then Obama told a story: “When I was in Indonesia, it was considered bad manners (writing with left hand). “Even though I would get hit with rulers, I just stuck with it,” he explained.
Obama lived in Indonesia for four years as a child after his mother married an Indonesian man.