Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Obama Related to Limbaugh and Palin

Hard to say who is more chagrined...Limbaugh or Palin!

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Genealogy always struck me as one of those Six Degrees of Separation from Kevin Bacon kind of things, but as it turns out, Palin and Obama are 10th cousins! (For all you Miscegenationists that's not 1/10th cousins!)

NEW YORK – President Barack Obama has family ties to none other than Sarah Palin, according to the genealogists at, 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 conservative radio host and relentless critic Rush Limbaugh.

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.

Somebody's just dying to say "Politics makes strange bedfellows", aren't they?

H/T Memeorandum

Cross posted at Left Coast Rebel

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