June 2nd, 2008
02:10 PM ET
7 years ago

Cheney: Not sure 'cousin' Obama is up for a family reunion

Vice President Cheney joked Monday about being Sen. Barack Obama's eighth cousin
Vice President Cheney joked Monday about being Sen. Barack Obama's eighth cousin

(CNN) – Vice President Cheney’s appearance at the National Press Club took a decidedly lighter tone Monday afternoon when he was asked about his distant relationship to Sen. Barack Obama, who leads in the delegate count for the Democratic presidential nomination.

“It’s true. We are, in fact, distantly related,” the Vice President said. “We haven’t talked about a family reunion. I have no objections. I’m not sure Sen. Obama is up for it, at least not before November. He’d probably be fearful I might whisper in his ear and change his whole view of the Middle East,” Cheney added.

“His mother and my grandmother have a common ancestor, descended from Maryland about eight generations back. So, we are, in fact, cousins,” Cheney said of his relationship to the Democratic presidential hopeful.

For his part, Obama has made a point of joking about his relationship to Cheney in stump speeches since Cheney’s wife revealed the relationship last fall. In November of last year, Obama referred to his relationship to the Vice President and likened Cheney to the proverbial “black sheep in the family, a crazy uncle in the attic.”


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Dick Cheney
soundoff (86 Responses)
  1. Joe Reg

    Rightfully said.

    At least he has a better sens of humor
    of all the jokes that's been throwing around.

    June 2, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  2. Peter E

    I actually see some family resemblence... in the comments both of them make about half of the democratic party.

    June 2, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  3. homosapiens

    Why am I not surprised that Cheney insulted McClellan for his book without even reading it? An insult from Cheney is a valuable accolade.

    June 2, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  4. A Proud American

    Both are bad news! May they both go away!

    Vote McCain '08 , there is no other choice if Hiilary doesn't make it.

    June 2, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  5. homosapiens

    Go HILLARY!! You can still win!! And Glenn Close can get Michael Douglas to leave his family and marry her in Fatal Attraction 2.

    June 2, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  6. Ernest

    Sorry old man. Has the world court in Hague on crime of humanity convened yet?

    June 2, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  7. mel

    Time to stop joking,family is family and God wouldn't want
    type behavior among family. Accept one another and all members
    of the family enjoy and have good life.

    June 2, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  8. Texan for Progression

    To Mark G., St. Paul, MN:

    If Obama is a republican plant by virtue of his DISTANT relationship to Cheney, what is Clinton whose parents, and in fact she herself, were repugnants...I meant republicans – now that I think about it, take your pick. Would it make her Grand Wizard of the GOP?

    June 2, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  9. Dee, St. Louis

    I can not wait until Tuesday or Wednesday of this week, the Hillary supporters will have to let it go. Hillary and Bill Clinton are out of this race. Republicans get ready. LMAO

    June 2, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  10. Clinton / Lewinsky 08

    For every negative comment about Clinton there are 20 negative comments for Obama. Its so unfortunate that some Democrats do not understand the rules of engagement. This is a political contest. The contest rules have been set and the best MAN has prevailed. Clinton signed off on those rules and knew those were the rules when she begin playing the game! She lost! Now collect your toys and all of the bodies listed on the CLINTON BODY COUNT (GOOGLE IT!) and go home!! You and your adulterous, impeached husband! Go home! Do you want this person running your country and she can't even manage her campaign funds? A woman that can't even handle her husband's needs in the bedroom? How will she handle another impending war if she can't do that?

    2016 – Clinton / Lewinsky!!

    June 2, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  11. Texan for Progression

    To KE:

    You are obviously foreign (or illiterate). Giving you benefit of the doubt, I suggest you sit on the sideline, listen and try to keep up, then once you develop an informed opinion, start the whole process over from the beginning because you'll still be too far off the mark to speak.

    June 2, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
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