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Lynne Cheny revealed that Obama and Cheny are distant cousins. She discovered this while researching her book. LOL.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20071016/pl_nm/usa_politics_cheney_obama_dc;_ylt=AqmYRTcvwJOkdXtcxu7iyaoDW7oF

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - There's no sign of a family reunion planned, but U.S. Vice President **** Cheney and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama are distant cousins.

So says the vice president's wife, Lynne Cheney, who said she discovered that her husband of 43 years is eighth cousins with the senator from Illinois.

The two men could hardly be more different. Cheney is an advocate for pursuing the war in Iraq to try to stabilize the country, while Obama wants to get U.S. troops out of Iraq.

Mrs. Cheney told MSNBC on Tuesday that it was "an amazing American story that one ancestor ... could be responsible down the family line for lives that have taken such different and varied paths."

The common ancestor was Mareen Devall, who the Chicago Sun-Times said was a 17th century immigrant from France.

Mrs. Cheney said she discovered the link through family research for her new book, "Blue Skies, No Fences," about growing up in Wyoming.
 

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Well, if you think about it, you had 2 parents, 4 grandparents, and so forth. If you go back 1,000 generations, there is bound to be some overlap with someone famous.
 

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Many cultures say that after 8 generations you are no longer family.
Not sure how that rule applies here since they're technically still related but I don't think they were ever going to be family.
 

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From one of Obama's spokemen "Every family has a black sheep" Hah! No I am not making this up, they have a good sense of humor.
 
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