White Sheep in the Obama Family Tree

13 Oct

Not only is President Obama related to Dick Cheney – but his family line has several other disreputable blotches, AKA White Sheep in this case…

Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh!

That kind of stuff would make you swear you were adopted.

BTW… What’s that “once removed” part, again?

Proving once again… If you go back far enough…

You’re related to everybody.

Can Obama really be related to his top conservative foes? You betcha!

Yup _ the president has family ties to none other than Sarah Palin, according to the genealogists, a discovery the family history site made when looking for connections between political foes.

And that’s not all _ Obama also is apparently related to radio host and relentless critic Rush Limbaugh. Might you want to reconsider some of your recent comments, Mr. Limbaugh, now that you’re apparently family?

A genealogist at the Utah-based, Anastasia Tyler, said Obama and Palin are 10th cousins through a common ancestor named John Smith, a pastor and early settler in 17th-century Massachusetts. Obama is related to Smith through his mother, as is Palin, Tyler said.

“Smith was against the persecution of the Quakers,” Tyler said in an interview. “He was a very socially conscious man.”

As for Limbaugh, he’s also a 10th cousin of the president _ one time removed _ through a common ancestor named Richmond Terrell, who Tyler said was a large landowner in Virginia, also in the 17th century. “His history is a little more nebulous,” Tyler said.

How do the genealogists come up with this stuff? Tyler said they start by picking the people they’re interested in, then examine their family trees, going back further and further into history, looking for common surnames and locations.

In the recent project, genealogists looked at the trees of Obama, Palin, and Limbaugh but also a few others, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Fox pundits Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity. They didn’t find anything much with the latter three.

But former President George W. Bush? He’s related to BOTH Obama and Palin, the site found. Obama and Bush are 11th cousins through common ancestor Samuel Hinckley, and Bush and Palin are 10th cousins one time removed, also through Hinckley _ who, and stay with us now, was John Smith’s father-in-law. has revealed in the past that Obama is related to investor Warren Buffett and actorBrad Pitt. It has also found that Palin, the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate, is a distant cousin of both Franklin D. Roosevelt and Princess Diana.

Well, at least the Sno’ Ho’  got her looks honestly… Even if the brains all went to the other side of the family tree way before she was born.




Posted by on October 13, 2010 in The Post-Racial Life


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6 responses to “White Sheep in the Obama Family Tree

  1. datGurl!

    October 14, 2010 at 6:31 PM

    wow… I bet this will make family gatherings interesting.
    I cant wait to see what Rush and Sarah have to say about all this.


    • btx3

      October 15, 2010 at 12:02 PM

      Now THAT will be funny, datGurl!


  2. nanakwame

    October 15, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    I don’t know if I buy into this, yet; it does remind me, sadly, that we are the only species that kill our own with such righteous rationalizing and be so close in our gene grammar. Africans are closer to Asians in many cultural habits, for we went East before West – as the Chinese are reminding African today, in the global economics. And as I know, I am close to Gaelic as Afro-Caribbean, yet; fought the Irish like a boxer in my youth. Conscious is the real demarcation as we move into the 21st Century, race was always a political construct, and ethnicity will be with us for a long time.


    • btx3

      October 15, 2010 at 12:04 PM

      I think once us Baby Boomers die out, the “race” construct evaporates, Nana.

      When you are talking about people who are only in their 50’s who remember growing up under Jim Crow – race is a dynamic of America which is going to have to literally…

      Die out.


  3. nanakwame

    October 18, 2010 at 8:39 AM

    Oh it is dying now, but the Euro/Afro Ethnicity will not. It is predicted that the Tea Party (part GOP) will have their white caucus in Congress. I wonder why? I think it will be less than 35. Our folks know what time it is. Interesting statement here about our vote. Look at this article and the one below: A productive Congress gets no respect from voters Oct 18th 2010 AP – Yahoo

    The Republican Party, which needs to gain 39 seats in the House to win a majority, has launched its own offensive to garner the black vote, fielding 14 African-American candidates in the midterms.
    But that tactic is unlikely to win over many blacks, who traditionally vote along party, not race lines, said Bositis.

    US blacks enthusiastic about voting in election: polls


  4. Lucas Parker

    December 1, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    we always keep track of our family tree because it is exciting to know the family tree ,:,



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