The Missing Links?


You may have heard the latest news celebrity fodder from researchers at the New England Historic Genealogical Society:

“Barack Obama is a distant cousin of Brad Pitt, and Hillary Rodham Clinton is related to Pitt’s girlfriend, Angelina Jolie.”

David Gilmore at Pretty on the Outside has come up with some fairly creepy renderings of what may be the respective relatives somewhere in-between…

Additionally, “Clinton, who is of French-Canadian descent on her mother’s side, is also a distant cousin of singers Madonna, Celine Dion and Alanis Morissette. 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. McCain is a sixth cousin of first lady Laura Bush….Obama has a prolific presidential lineage that features Democrats and Republicans. His distant cousins include President George W. Bush and his father, George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford, Lyndon Johnson, Harry S. Truman and James Madison. Other Obama cousins include Vice President Dick Cheney, British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill and Civil War General Robert E. Lee.”

Basically, we’re all related and most of us have relatives we wouldn’t mind running from.

Obama Related to Pitt, Clinton to Jolie [ap]
The Candidates and their cousins… [pretty on the outside]

The Dream Ticket and the Scream Ticket [tr]


  1. Nial says

    Andy, I have you to blame for throwing up all over my brand-new MacBook. Thanks buddy! =)

    Seriously, those images are disturbing, more than the fact that Hillary is distantly related to Camilla Parker-Bowles and Barack is has blood-ties to GW and Cheney.

    If anything, it’s great water-cooler discussion, and a welcome respite from the in-party fighting, yes?

    God bless both these power-hungry politicians. Hopefully they haven’t caused irreparable damage to our chances of turning the White House blue again. Thank goodness I cannot vote yet, and have no part to play in this hot mess either.

  2. Derrick from Philly says

    So what? I’m a direct descendent of Mary, Really Late Dowager Queen of the British Empire, Ireland, Empress of India, Belle of Valdosta Georgia, etc. Oh, and on the other side there’s Stepin’ Fechit’.

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