Obama is sworn into the Senate by his eighth cousin, Vice President Cheney.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Go back far enough, the saying goes, and everyone's related.
But could it be possible that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and Vice President Dick Cheney share a common ancestor?
Cheney's wife Lynne says yes.
In an interview on MSNBC Tuesday afternoon, Mrs. Cheney said that in the course of researching her husband's genealogy for her new book, "Blue Skies, No Fences," she discovered that the two public figures share an ancestor eight generations ago.
"Think about this," Mrs. Cheney said. "This is such an amazing American story that one ancestor, a man that came to Maryland, could be responsible down the family line for lives that have taken such different and varied paths as Dick's and Barack Obama's."
Mrs. Cheney's spokeswoman Ginny Justice gave CNN's Ed Henry more details, saying the two unlikely relatives are related through a French Huguenot named Mareen Duvall. Cheney and Obama are both descendants of her.
According to Justice, the vice president is related to her through "the first" Richard Cheney, who came to America in the 1650's. His granddaughter married Samuel Duvall, son of Mareen Duvall.
But is blood thicker than the partisan waters of Washington? Apparently not.
Even though Obama is related to her husband, Mrs. Cheney said she is not supporting the Illinois Democrat's White House bid.
Reacting to the news, Obama's campaign spokesman Bill Burton told CNN's Dana Bash with tongue in cheek, "Obviously, Dick Cheney is sort of the black sheep of the family."
But Obama's family ties to the Bush administration don't stop with Cheney. According to an article in the Chicago Sun-Times last September, Obama is also an 11th cousin of the president himself. The two share a 17th century Massachusetts relative.
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I can even see the resemblance now that you mention it..
There don't seem to be many similarities... The black/white thing is perhaps the most minor of these factors... Barack is a humanitarian, Cheney is a misanthrope. Barack is a populist, and Cheney is a fascist. Barack would rather make love, not war!
For all of you who incorrectly insist that Obama is a Muslim, would this link make Cheney a Muslim, too?
Great CNN. You have perfected the ART of negative comments against Obama. You should win an award for that. Perfected the art of drugging Obama in the mud until nobody likes him anymore, but guess what the public will vote not the media.
Well if Obama ever got in (which he won't) that would mean that he would give his relative Cheney a job at the white house. We would never get than man out. That's probably why Cheney is smiling.
I wonder will this revalation hurt obama in the eyes of the libs, hes related to satan himself, i knew obama was a demon.
What a wonderful family tree – one limb created Barak Hussein and other limb created Cheney who tortures people of Barak Hussein's religion ;-)
This proves it – I always knew Barak Hussein was in cahoots with the Bushes and the Cheneys!
More reason to vote HILLARY !
That's it. No way I'm voting for Barak now. ;)
stop fooling us!
Yea, Bush has more class in his pinky than Obama has in all of his family tree.
I'd like to hear more about this Massachusetts relative and how they were related back in the 17th century.
That's okay – Brack comes from the side of the family tree with brains and a better aim!
really? Whatever she want us to think!
One is black, the other's heart is.
Ah HAA! So he's a Muslim AND a Republican. Obviously this man can't be trusted.
I think this is something that we've let fade from the thought of HUMAN EXISTANCE... WE ARE ALL RELATED!
SISTERS AND BROTHERS...
NOW TELL YOUR CREATOR YOU DISAGREE!
I won't hold it against you, Obama.
Big deal, we re all related. The best estimate has the most distant shared relative between you and anyone else on this planet is thirty generations. I wish we could get that through our thick skulls.
"Bush has more class in his pinky than Obama has in all of his family tree."
Posted By George Chicago : October 16, 2007 5:40 pm
bush? class? unless you're talking about his failing grades in college, there's really no reason those two words should be in the same sentence. unless, of course, you place a "has no" in between them.
can't get much whiter than that
Only Lynne would put the energy in this little "gotcha".......
Bet she looked it up on the Mormon database.
Um, just to make sure everyone is clear on this, it is an undeniable fact that each living human being does share a common ancestor with every other living human being; indeed, with every other living organism on this planet.
That being said... Barack and Dick do have unnervingly similar ears.