Obama related to Bush and Cheney: Chicago paper

November 14th, 2007 - 2:26 am ICT by admin  
Obama, the only African-American member of the US Senate, now running second in the race for the Democratic nomination for the 2008 presidential election, is also distantly related to President George Bush.

In fact, they are 11th cousins, sharing ancestors - Samuel Hinckley and Sarah Soole Hinckley - from 17th-century Massachusetts.

The Chicago Sun Times first uncovered the supposed links between the Obama clan and President Bush and Cheney last month.

According to the newspaper report, Obama is related to Cheney through Mareen Duvall. The link makes them ninth cousins once removed, says The Independent.

However, Lynne Cheney, the Vice-President’s wife, says that her research indicates that they are actually eighth cousins.

She was quoted by MSNBC as saying that she discovered the link, traced back to a Huguenot who figured prominently in Maryland history, while researching a book.

“This is such an amazing 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 researcher at the conservative American Enterprise Institute said the Vice-President’s wife discovered an early Cheney settler named Richard Cheney, whose granddaughter married Samuel Duvall, the son of Mareen and Susannah Duvall.

When Mrs Cheney read a story about how Obama was related to Mareen, she realised the link.

The Chicago Sun Times story also showed a link between Obama and the former US president Harry Truman, also through Mareen Duvall.

Obama, whose mother was white, has not commented on the discovery. (ANI)

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