ABC News’ Rick Klein (@rickklein) reports:
A reporter at ABC’s Austin affiliate snagged a one-of-a-kind keepsake yesterday: Just minutes after a wire story was published announcing that Gov. Rick Perry intends to run for president, the reporter got Perry to autograph a printout.
Perry, R-Texas, signed it boldly and legibly. Which got us thinking: What does the signature say about the candidate?
On ABC’s “Top Line” today, we checked in with signature analyst Eileen Page, who had a surprisingly large amount to say about nine letters.
“The fact that it's printed — each letter kind of has its own little space — gives him time to pause and think before he acts,” Page said. "His decisions are much more calculated than implusive."
“The capital letters are certainly proportional to the lowercase letters — gives him a healthy sense of self worth. He sees the big picture of things — energized by people around him. He's a steady-as-you-go kind of person,” Page added.
She continued: “There's a kind of defiance against authority, which means he doesn't like to be told what to do. He's going to decide when to do it, what to do on his own time, in his own way, so he's not going to be pressured into something he doesn't want to do. You know, he also is kind of a loner in that way he doesn't need to be overly influenced by what other people think he should be doing.”
And how about this for a comparison?
“In some ways it's a little bit similar to [President] Obama’s, even though Obama uses more cursive and [Perry’s] is definitely more printed, which makes him much more, you know, kind of set in his ways…. Some of the signatures have a lot of flourishes and stuff like that, but his is just right to the facts, right to the straightforward that way. I don’t think he’s going to pull any punches in that way.”