President Donald Trump is signing executive orders left and right. Reuters reported that his advisers vetted more than 200 orders, and Fox News judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano also said Trump will sign as many as 200 orders Monday.
This may prove to be a trying ceremony, as Trump’s signature takes reportedly 3-6 times longer than Obama’s did. The 11 letters of his name take him 6-7 seconds and over 30 strokes to complete. Left-handed Barack Obama, and other previous presidents, took 1-2 seconds to scribble their John Hancock’s.
As far as signatures go, Trump’s has inspired references to Lord of the Rings:
Is it merely coincidence that Donald Trump's signature closely resembles The Black Gate of Mordor? pic.twitter.com/1QD1ogOoIM
— MY FAVORITE (@michaelgracejr) January 21, 2017
As well as a way to determine an earthquake’s magnitude:
Play our new game "Trump Signature or Richter Scale Reading". pic.twitter.com/zABmnhKG1k
— Hardly Serious (@SeriousHardly) November 8, 2016
And a method for detecting the truth among the #fakenews:
Donald Trump's signature legit looks like a lie detector test chart pic.twitter.com/0pHc7BW6Hq
— RyansAverageLife (@RyanAbe) January 20, 2017
Slate went as far as to call his signature a “cry for help”:
— Slate (@Slate) January 22, 2017
During the primary, Politico had a handwriting specialist analyze candidates’ signatures. Their analyst was Michelle Dresbold, a graduate of the U.S. Secret Service’s Advanced Document Examination program.
She found that Trump’s angles-only signature depicts an angry, determined, fearful, and competitive scribe. Dresbold wrote that a script devoid of curves points to a lack of empathy, and a craving for power, prestige, and admiration.
Whether Trump’s signature depicts his inner nature, or if he’ll truly sign 200 executive orders Monday, there’s a big week ahead. We’ll see what President Trump gets up to in his first full week as #POTUS.
Busy week planned with a heavy focus on jobs and national security. Top executives coming in at 9:00 A.M. to talk manufacturing in America.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 23, 2017