Wednesday, March 26, 2008

So is Barack Obama a Republican?

It's ten degreees of separation for Obama and Bush.

The New England Historic Genealogical Society claims to have found genealogical links that prove Barack Obama is a "tenth cousin" of George Bush. His politicial pedigree also links him to Gerald Ford, Lyndon Johnson, Harry S Truman, Dick Cheney and Winston Churchill. He is also a distant cousin of the actor Brad Pitt while Hillary Clinton is related to Mr Pitt's girlfriend, Angelina Jolie. Clinton's ancestry is more exotic with distant links to people that include Madonna, Celine Dion and Alanis Morisette, as well as author Jack Kerouac.

What does this information really mean: Is Barack a Bush in Obama? Can Hillary sing like any of her cousins? The possibility makes us laugh first and then wonder if all of us are not linked to each other (even if by several hundred degrees), something that may help this piece of research win the Ig Nobel Prize.


Blogger Raghu Karnad said...

I'm confident the nearest relative that Bush and I share is the Mitochondrial Mother

6:48 PM  

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