26 March 2008

"We Are Family"

The New England Historic Genealogical Society has found a link between Barack Obama and Brad Pitt, and Hillary Clinton and Angelina Jolie.

According to the organisation, Pitt and Obama are ninth cousins, linked by a man named Edwin Hickman, who died in Virginia in 1769. Clinton and Jolie are also ninth cousins, twice removed, who are both related to a Jean Cusson who died in St. Sulpice, Quebec, in 1718. A spokesman for the Obama campaign declined to comment on the senator's ancestry because he is also related and didn't wanna talk shit about his family.

According to the report Hillary Clinton, who is of French Canadian descent on her mother's side, is also a distant cousin of Madonna, Celine Dion and Alanis Morrissette.

While Obama, the son of a white woman from Kansas and a black man from Kenya, can call six U.S. presidents, including George W. Bush, his cousins.

Genealogists say that while many candidates spend time pointing out the differences between them, their ancestry shows they are more alike than they think.

Obama is also distantly linked to Winston Churchill, Civil War General Robert E. Lee, and Vice President Dick Cheney.

Founded in 1845, The New England Historic Genealogical Society is the largest and oldest nonprofit genealogical organisation in the country.

Uh, yeah.

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