Wise Up Journal
Has Ireland’s national media RTE and the New England Historic Genealogical Society become crazy conspiracy theorists by reporting Clinton, Obama, Bush, Cheney, other past U.S presidents and the Royal Family are all distant cousins (RTE report below)? The majority of the public want to believe in the idea of democracy such as the U.S have, were “any man can become president”; surely the public will take these facts proving nepotism (patronage granted to relatives) with a gain of salt as not to shatter that delicate illusion.
RTE News Reports on Political Elite Nepotism
Wednesday, 26 March 2008 16:19
Researchers at the New England Historic Genealogical Society have found family connections for all three US presidential candidates.
Mr Obama, the son of a white woman from Kansas and a black man from Kenya, can call six US presidents, including George W Bush, his cousins.
Republican party candidate John McCain is a sixth cousin of first lady Laura Bush.
Genealogist Christopher Child said that while the candidates often focus on pointing out differences between them, their ancestry shows they are more alike than they think.
Mr Obama has a presidential lineage that features Democrats and Republicans.
His distant cousins include President George W Bush and his father, George HW Bush, Gerald Ford, Lyndon Johnson, Harry S Truman and James Madison.
Other Mr Obama cousins include Vice President Dick Cheney, British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill and Civil War General Robert E Lee.
Mr Obama often jokes about his cousin Mr Cheney at campaign appearances.
Genealogist Mr Child has spent the last three years tracing the candidates’ genealogy, along with senior research scholar Gary Boyd Roberts, author of the 1989 book, ‘Ancestors of American Presidents’.
Mrs Clinton’s distant cousins include author Jack Kerouac and Camilla Parker-Bowles, wife of Prince Charles of England.
Mr Obama and President Bush are tenth cousins, once removed…
Ben LaBolt, a spokesman for the Obama campaign, declined to comment on the senator’s ancestry.
Hillary Clinton is related to Angelina Jolie…
Mrs Clinton and Ms Jolie [CFR member] are ninth cousins, twice removed…