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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-16-07 06:21 PM
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All in the family: Cheney and Obama are related
Source: CNN news

But could it be possible that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and Vice President Dick Cheney share a common ancestor?

Cheney's wife Lynne says yes.

In an interview on MSNBC Tuesday afternoon, Mrs. Cheney said that in the course of researching her husband's genealogy for her new book, "Blue Skies, No Fences," she discovered that the two public figures share an ancestor eight generations ago.

"Think about this," Mrs. Cheney said. "This is such an amazing American 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."

Read more: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2007/10/16/all-in-... /



No, no, NO!!!!! It can't be!!!!!

It's okay, Barack, we love you anyway. (But how can you stand knowing this?)
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LakeSamish706 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-16-07 06:23 PM
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1. I think that if I were Obama, I would be sick to my stomach finding this out! n/t
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Kutjara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-16-07 06:24 PM
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2. It's the Darth Vader/Luke Skywalker story all over again. n/t
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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-16-07 08:02 PM
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20. LOL!
:rofl:

:rofl:

:rofl:
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angstlessk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-16-07 06:26 PM
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3. Does that mean cheney is a muslim traitor too...like obama???
like (some say)?
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Orsino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-16-07 06:27 PM
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4. It should not be held against Obama.
Black magic tends to peter out after "unto the seventh generation."
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thereismore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-16-07 06:28 PM
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5. 8 generations mean 100/2^8 = 0.39% of their respective genomes
come from their closest common ancestor. Chances are great that their respective 0.39% have no overlap, in other words, Obama and Cheney may have exactly 0% of nucleotides in common. That makes them totally unrelated at the molecular level.
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KurtNYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-16-07 06:29 PM
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6. 8 generations back, each of them have 256 ancestors
allegedly 1 of those 256 is the same. That ain't much.
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ryanmuegge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-16-07 06:31 PM
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7. The elite are always connected in one way or another.
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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-16-07 08:04 PM
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21. Barack's midwestern relatives weren't among the "elite."
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Hekate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-16-07 11:37 PM
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29. You should read Obama's autobiography Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race & Inheritance
His mother's family was from Kansas, and of fairly humble origins. There was no "elite" involved on the American side.

Hekate

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Raejeanowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-17-07 03:38 AM
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32. Everyone's Connected To Everyone
I'm hardly elite, but you wouldn't believe me if I told you who I'm related to. If you can get as far as six to eight generations back, half the known nobles and scoundrels of modern history are your verifiable distant cousins.
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psychopomp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-17-07 06:29 AM
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34. Every human alive is fortieth or fiftieth cousin to every other
So, I guess we are all connected. Well, everything is connected: all matter came from the same infinitesimally small source fifteen billion years ago with the Big Bang, but I digress...
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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-16-07 06:31 PM
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8. 11th cousin to Bush as well
Edited on Tue Oct-16-07 06:36 PM by RamboLiberal
It sure would be an awkward family reunion. But, believe it or not, Barack Obama is related to both President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

OK, distantly related: Obama and Bush are 11th cousins.

That's because they share the same great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandparents -- Samuel Hinckley and Sarah Soole Hinckley of 17th century Massachusetts.

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Obama is related to Cheney through Mareen Duvall, a 17th century immigrant from France.

Mareen and Susannah Duvall were Obama's great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandparents and Cheney's great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandparents.

http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/obama/familytree/...

And Bush/Cheney are related according to this article.
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truthisfreedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-16-07 06:37 PM
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9. Yawn.
Cheney's probably related to Jeffrey Dahmer as well. I see a resemblance. No, wait... Dahmer looks like a nicer guy.

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Thor_MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-16-07 07:06 PM
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15. Dahmer killed far fewer people as far as I can tell....
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global1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-16-07 06:40 PM
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10. So Which One Is The Black Sheep Of The Family?........nt
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rurallib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-16-07 06:40 PM
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11. In a related story, G.W. Bush has no human relations
DNA tests reveal GWB closest kin is in the chimpanzee family.
Chimpanzees are disputing this claim and have demanded further tests
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NOLALady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-16-07 10:15 PM
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27. Why do you hate chimpanzees?
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Cobalt Violet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-16-07 06:42 PM
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12. My deepest sympathies to Obama.
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-16-07 06:45 PM
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13. Heck, I count both Caligula and Bill Clinton among my (very) distant
cousins. And many more notables. My favorite is Geoffrey Chaucer - he's supposedly my umpteen-somethingth-grandfather.
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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-16-07 08:05 PM
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22. Chaucer would be my favorite, too.
Of that particular group.
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Faygo Kid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-16-07 06:53 PM
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14. Does this mean we could all be related to FReepers?
I forgot - DNA research shows that humans never mated with Neanderthals.

I guess we're OK.

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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-16-07 08:06 PM
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23. LOL. n/t
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-16-07 07:18 PM
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16. wow -- really kinda makes ya feel icky right in the pit of your stomach.
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MidwestTransplant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-16-07 07:22 PM
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17. Cheney doesn't look black to me? Just kidding... :)
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Placebo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-16-07 07:23 PM
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18. These things happen.
:rofl:
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olddad56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-16-07 07:24 PM
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19. that ought to cost Obama some votes.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-16-07 08:35 PM
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24. Right!
It's hard to find someone who hates the dick of death more than I do but I know ya help who you're related to.

I think this helps Obama more than cheney. cheney's made a career of elitism and Obama is inclusive..
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UGADUer Donating Member (161 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-16-07 08:45 PM
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25. I do not plan to vote for him anyway
And it helps to keep bad blood away, lol.
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Grandrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-16-07 09:10 PM
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26. I knew they would swiftboat him...but damn!
How low can they go? :cry:
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JBoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-16-07 10:50 PM
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28. What a cheap and tawdry political trick
Going by Lynne Cheney's response to John Kerry mentioning during the '04 campaign that her daughter is a lesbian (which she is), where she replied:

"The only thing I can conclude is he is not a good man. I'm speaking as a mom," she said. "What a cheap and tawdry political trick."


Oh, and Lynne Cheney is also an evil bitch.
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tom_paine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-17-07 12:22 AM
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30. Cheney's great-great grandpa the Strom Thurmond of his day?
What a shocking shocking shock.

:sarcasm:
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fortyfeetunder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-17-07 02:23 AM
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31. 2008 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Edited on Wed Oct-17-07 02:24 AM by fortyfeetunder
Now that would make an interesting dinner occasion...
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Raejeanowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-17-07 03:43 AM
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33. Family Trees Are Like Potatoes
The best parts are underground. Or being served at your favorite restaurant, baked, with sour cream and a dollop of Beluga.
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JerseygirlCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-17-07 07:43 AM
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35. Do we have anything other than Lynne Cheney's say-so on this?
Might be a good way to take attention off the PBS piece that aired last night on her jerk of a husband.
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Tommy_Carcetti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-17-07 03:08 PM
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36. (Heavy breathing)Barak....I am your cousin! n/t
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