Does the governor know cursive?

In January in a post titled “Cursive on its way out?” I wrote, “I cringe to think to think of a supposedly ‘educated’ person printing his signature to endorse a check or sign a legal document.” So you can imagine what went through my mind when, while looking for information on Gov. Rick Perry yesterday, I noticed his signature on Wikipedia:Rick Perry signature

Weird. Definitely not the typical illegible executive signature/scrawl born of haste and repetition. He’s going to have to work on that if he wants to be president.

Then earlier today, someone landed on this blog because he/she had run a search on “rick perry cannot write in cursive.” That did it; I started looking around.

Apparently fans and the press can’t pressure him into a scrawl (click to enlarge):

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When a Fox News reporter asked him to confirm he was going to announce his candidacy, he signed the printout of the story:

On eBay, someone paid $84.99 for an autographed copy of his book:

He didn’t scrawl even on an official document on the official website of the Texas Department of Family and Public Services:

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If he’s going to print, he ought to at least do it correctly and not put two capital Rs in Perry.

Someone please tell me the man knows cursive.


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