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3/26/08 3:16 AM
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It's true! It's true!

Here is the story and the link (Haven't seen this posted yet, so apologies to Sepe if it's 4 hour old news ;-)

Obama a distant cousin of Bush
Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama after a debate
Close political rivals - now there's a connection in their family histories
It has emerged that Barack Obama is a tenth cousin, once removed, of the man whose job he wants - George W Bush.

They are linked by Samuel Hinkley of Cape Cod, who died in 1662.

Mr Obama is also a distant cousin of the actor Brad Pitt while Hillary Clinton is related to Mr Pitt's girlfriend, Angelina Jolie.

The ties of the US Democratic rivals were established by a respected US genealogical organisation after three years' investigation.

Mrs Clinton and Mr Obama can also boast a long list of other famous relations.

Christopher Child, from the New England Historic Genealogical Society, says that the politicians' ancestries show they have more in common than they think.

The Society, founded in 1845, is the oldest and biggest non-profit genealogical organisation in the United States.

The research, conducted by Mr Child and Gary Boyd Roberts, came up with some extraordinary family connections.

Clinton and Madonna

Mr Obama is the son of a white woman from Kansas and a black man from Kenya.

Actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrive at the 2008 Spirit Awards in Santa Monica
Hollywood glamour comes to the Democratic candidates' campaigns

He was previously identified as a distant cousin of US Vice-President Dick Cheney.

His political lineage includes not just President Bush but also Gerald Ford, Lyndon Johnson, Harry S Truman, Dick Cheney and Winston Churchill.

The connection made with Hollywood star Brad Pitt adds a welcome splash of glamour to his family tree.

But Mrs Clinton's kin has much more of an exotic feel.

Her distant cousins include the singers Madonna, Celine Dion and Alanis Morisette, as well as the beatnik author Jack Kerouac and Prince Charles's wife, Camilla Parker-Bowles.

She and Angelina Jolie are ninth cousins, twice removed. They are both related to one Jean Cusson, who died in St Sulpice, Quebec, in 1718.

If the Hollywood couple, collectively known as "Brangelina", decide on a very extended family gathering, it could provide the perfect opportunity for the two Democratic presidential rivals to get together.


news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7313789.stm
3/26/08 3:23 AM
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well shit, now I'm going to be able to sleep peacefully. thanks.
3/26/08 3:25 AM
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This sounds like bullshit to me.
3/26/08 3:33 AM
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Mighty small gene pool going on there in the USA ;-)
3/26/08 3:37 AM
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damned pre-roe-v-wade era
3/26/08 5:55 AM
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So much for the "change"
3/26/08 6:34 AM
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Clinton Inc. has been hard at work. If you go out to tenth cousins, most of us will have famous people in our family trees. Just another attempt to smear Obama, imo. I don't ever remember this kind of stuff being newsworthy before in previous campaigns.
3/26/08 9:17 AM
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Don`t know which is worse though - being related to Bush or Celine Dion
3/26/08 9:26 AM
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We are all pretty much 10-15 generations away from other people with the same background. Do the math. Your lineage grows exponentially.
3/26/08 10:25 AM
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3/26/08 9:20 PM
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3/26/08 9:31 PM
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I saw this original story in the NY Post a while back. If you look into it, Cheney is also related to Bush and Obama as well. Actually if you go deeper, 33 of the US presidents are related but that's another story. You would think with the billions of people who have lived over the years in the US; maybe there would be someone different in the White House? It's because presidents are not elected by ballot, they are selected by birth.
3/26/08 11:16 PM
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This thread sucks! Hell I'm a distant cousin of Ray Jackson, Jinx, and FCTV808. You dont see me posting a damn thread about it!
3/26/08 11:21 PM
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You guys should try to research your family tree.It's pretty cool Once I found out one of my grandfathers was adopted,I was able to trace my geneology directly to Charlemagne.
3/26/08 11:24 PM
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Obama is also a sixth cousin of Dick Cheney.
3/27/08 8:44 AM
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Illuminati blood line proof? :)
3/27/08 8:13 PM
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" Illuminati blood line proof?"

Where is Redneck? He should be able to shed some light on this

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