The New England Historic Genealogical Society decided to delve deep into the family trees of the current democratic primary candidates, and boy, did they find out some weird shit. In addition to Dick Cheney, Barack Obama is distantly related to Brad Pitt, George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford, Lyndon Johnson, Harry S. Truman, James Madison, Winston Churchill, and General Robert E. Lee. Hillary Clinton is distantly related to Angelina Jolie, Madonna, Celine Dion, Alanis Morissette, Jack Kerouac and Camilla Parker-Bowles. According to the Genealogical Society, "Pitt and Obama are ninth cousins, linked by Edwin Hickman, who died in Virginia in 1769 [and] Clinton and Jolie are ninth cousins, twice removed, both related to Jean Cusson who died in St. Sulpice, Quebec, in 1718." [AP]

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stacyinbean

So if I'm related to Winston Churchill too, does that mean I'm also related to Obama? I'm going to go with yes because that will make my day. Thanks New England Historic Genealogical Society!