Say what? Cheney, Obama are cousins?

Lynne Cheney said Tuesday that her husband, Vice President Dick Cheney, is a distant cousin of his political polar opposite: Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama.

Cheney said she made the surprising discovery that her 66-year-old Republican husband and Obama, 46, are eighth cousins while she was doing family research for a book about her experiences growing up in Wyoming.

The vice president’s wife said she traced a common ancestor of the two men to a 17th century immigrant from France.

She described it as “an amazing American story that one ancestor … could be responsible down the family line for lives that have taken such different and varied paths,” according to an interview with MSNBC television.

The Illinois senator and the vice president are diametrically opposed on many issues but particularly when it comes to the Iraq war, which Obama opposes but Cheney supports.


  1. yarply

    People should not be surprised that Cheney and Obama are cousins. Bush and Kerry are cousins also, including both being members of skulls and bones. Bush is supposedly closely related to every European monarch on and off the throne — including the King of Albania — and has kinship with every member of Britain’s royal family, the House of Windsor.
    He is a 13th cousin of Britain’s Queen Mother, and of her daughter Queen Elizabeth and is a 13th cousin once removed of the heir to the throne, Prince Charles.

    Sorta funny how these “people” seem to all be
    related to each other, and one could wonder how far each and every world leader today is actually related.

    And as far as betting that Cheney and Obama are kissing cousins,,,, I wouldn’t bet that they aren’t either…
    As the song says; No one knows what goes on behind closed doors.

  2. acf

    I’m less interested in any fact that they are related than why Lynne Cheney would even bring it up. They say nothing about the political opposition with some kind of ulterior motive.

  3. SEAL

    Like I said before, the corporate criminals fear Obama because he will not take their money. Perhaps this is an attempt to “connect” him to them in another way.

  4. SEAL

    Maybe they are showing the black voters that Obama isn’t really a true black man. His blood is tainted. They’re so screwed up in their prejudicial mentality that it wouldn’t surprise me that they would think this way.

  5. SEAL

    Her research for a book about her experiences growing up in Wyoming included tracing Obama’s family tree. Sure it did. I really believe that. Yes I do.

  6. pondering_it_all

    We ALL are cousins, if you go back far enough. 10 generations back you have 1024 ancestors. 20 generations back you have over a million. 30 generations back you have over a billion. Compare that to the population of the world 600 years ago and it is clear that we all had to come from the same set of people.