Tuesday, March 25, 2008

All In The Family

     Researchers at the New England Historic Genealogical Society must have a lot of fun with their jobs. Unless, of course, they just make s&%* up.
     They have discovered that Barack Obama is a distant cousin of Brad Pitt, and Hillary Rodham Clinton is related to Angelina Jolie, Pitt's main squeeze.
     Clinton is French-Canadian on her mother's side, and is distantly related to Madonna, Celine Dion and Alanis Morissette. No word on whether she likes gravy on her fries.
     Obama has six U.S. presidents--including the current one--as cousins. I wouldn't say anything if George W. Bush was my cousin, either.
     Obama's other five presidential cousins are Papa Bush, Gerald Ford, Lyndon Johnson, Harry S. Truman and James Madison. The researchers also found the Illinois senator can claim British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Civil War General Robert E. Lee, and Vice President Dick Cheney as cousins.
     Dick Cheney? Seems like every pack of firecrackers has a dud, doesn't it?
     Clinton's distant cousins include writer Jack Kerouac and Camilla Parker-Bowles, wife of Prince Charles.
     John McCain's ancestry was harder to trace due to incomplete family records. But I have heard that he once had a beer with James Madison.

*Rewritten from an AP wire report.    

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