Everybody Doodles

From Yahoo/AP:

Presidential Doodles, just released by Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, collects the random sketches and drawings of Hoover and most of his fellow commanders in chief, from Hoover's elaborate shapes and swirls to the isolated squiggles of Abraham Lincoln. The book expands upon an issue of Cabinet Magazine, a quarterly of "Arts & Culture" that featured the jottings of eight presidents.

The rest of the article, as well as accompanying photos of presidential doodles can be found here. And lest anyone think this reveals nothing about the man in the Oval Office:

"Just as our dreams and little Freudian slips can mean something about us, doodles can be indicative of the person and issues and things that he is dealing with," says Cabinet editor-in-chief Sina Najafi.

Personalities emerge at a glance: John Adams' hard, straight lines and precise geometrical patterns; Theodore Roosevelt's rugged sketch of two dogs staring across a campfire; Dwight Eisenhower's plain, practical illustrations; Ronald Reagan's childlike portraits, including of himself in a cowboy hat.

President Kennedy, known for separating his life into compartments, would enclose words and numbers inside circles and boxes. Events long after his death give one doodle an unintended chill: A small circle with the numbers "9-11" contained within. Just to the lower left on the page, the word "conspiracy" is underlined.

Posted by Portia at September 21, 2006 05:25 AM | TrackBack

Soooo ... do you doodle? Maybe you can scan some and post it. I used to doodle, but as I get older the desire to doodle has decreased. I end up just letting my hands stay still. I also attend very few meetings or other note-taking circumstances (such as in a classroom), unlike a President who spends most of each day in meetings.

[TOTALLY UNRELATED: Do the networks usually show the first NFL game Sunday mornings (starting at 10 am) on the west coast? I can watch the San Jose Fox station on my computer at home for the best football team in the world, the Bears, since they will be showing the Panthers here locally at that time.]

Posted by: Marc V at September 21, 2006 08:19 AM

oh please, like Kennedy was pyshic and knew that 9-11 would happend have some conspiracy. Kennedy was adultery who had plently of enmies because of his affairs. yes it's chilling but there could be millions of explantions for that and I guarentee not one of them would have anything to do with 9/11 attacks.

Posted by: shira at September 21, 2006 09:43 AM

How's this sound: the 9/11 looney conspiracy theorists are actually correct that it was caused by our government...but they're blaming the wrong side. JFK's doodle proves he actually masterminded the attack before he died and has been overseeing it ever since. A high-ranking "someone" who has close ties to Pelosi, Reed, Teddy and the Clintons, channels the spirit of JFK every day for instructions. I knew it! :-)

Posted by: Dee at September 21, 2006 11:33 AM