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Picture Credits: Chuck Kennedy /The White House / Flickr

President Barack Obama's signature on the historic health insurance reform bill at the White House, March 23, 2010. What may surprise you is the fact that Obama used not one, or two, but 22 different pens (see the top picture) to sign this history bill.

When Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act in 1964, he reportedly used more than 75 pens (video footage can be found here, although camera cutaways make it hard to keep track)

TIME magazine explains the rationale behind multi-pen signatures:

The pen used to sign historic legislation itself becomes a historical artifact. The more pens a President uses, the more thank-you gifts he can offer to those who helped create that piece of history. The White House often engraves the pens, which are then given as keepsakes to key proponents or supporters of the newly signed legislation.

( Via: labnol.org )


Anonymous said... @ March 24, 2010 at 3:01 AM

It is a friendly signature - waits for handwriting analysis -

"The various pens will be distributed as souvenirs, mainly to key legislators"

Anonymous said... @ January 19, 2011 at 3:59 AM

Great Post !

digital signature certificate said... @ January 24, 2011 at 1:13 AM

Might be he checking the which pen is good for signature or he is trying find out some comfortable pen for writing and signing by signing same signature using 22 different pens..

Handwriting expert said... @ March 28, 2011 at 11:32 PM

That an interesting post. I never thought about this before. But, looking back at different situations, this might be right. Keep it up friend!

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