Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Family Trees

The New England Genealogical Society has some interesting information about Sen. Obama's distant relatives. Not only is he related (on his mother's side) to Dead Eye Dick (pause to purge), but also to 6 U.S. Presidents: James Madison, Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, Gerald Ford and the two (or is it one-and-a-half?) Bushes (more pausing to purge). Take a moment to get your mind around those names, and the irony of this competent, transformational progressive somehow being related to the bumbling, patrician Bushes. Also in the Obama family tree: Winston Churchill, Robert E. Lee, and ...Brad Pitt. Not too shabby (except for the Rethug genes).

By contrast, McBush can only claim Laura Bush (hmmm... sounds vaguely incestuous).

And Hillary? Jack Kerouac, Madonna, Celine Dion (rolf), Angelina Jolie (!), and Prince Charles' mistress, now wife, Camilla Parker-Bowles. Lots of divas there.

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