.. so, who to vote for to replace the current President, who also happens to be the son of the last-but-one President? Should it be the wife of the last President, or the cousin of the man who’s been pulling the strings behind two of the last three Presidencies? Tough choice – democracy, it seems, is all relative…
From today’s Daily Telegraph…
Barack Obama and Dick Cheney are cousins
The wife of US Vice-President Dick Cheney has revealed that her husband is closely related enough to the Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama to call him “cousin”.
Lynne Cheney said that she had made the unlikely discovery of kinship between President George W Bush’s hawkish deputy and the charismatic black Illinois senator while researching ancestry for her new memoir, Blue Skies, No Fences.
The men are apparently eighth cousins, but Mrs Cheney said she did not include this in her memoir.
“This is such an amazing American story that one ancestor … could be responsible down the family lines for lives that have taken such different and varied paths as Dick’s and Barack Obama,” Mrs Cheney told MSNBC television.
According to Mrs Cheney’s spokesman, Senator Obama is a descendant of Mareen Duvall.
The French Huguenot’s son married the granddaughter of a Richard Cheney, who arrived in Maryland in the late 1650s from England.
The Vice President’s full name is Richard B. Cheney.
A spokesman for Senator Obama, who wants to be the first black US president, offered a tongue-in-cheek response.
“Every family has a black sheep,” said Bill Burton.
(via Daily Telegraph)
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