No, Barak Obama and Dick Cheney are not brothers, but according to Cheney's wife, Lynne they are distant cousins! Yikes! Reported on CNN.Com:
"Mrs. Cheney said that in the course of researching her husband's genealogy for her new book, "Blue Skies, No Fences," she discovered that the two public figures share an ancestor eight generations ago.
"Think about this," Mrs. Cheney said. "This is such an amazing American story that one ancestor, a man that came to Maryland, could be responsible down the family line for lives that have taken such different and varied paths as Dick's and Barack Obama's."
Mrs. Cheney's spokeswoman Ginny Justice gave CNN's Ed Henry more details, saying the two unlikely relatives are related through a French Huguenot named Mareen Duvall. Cheney and Obama are both descendants of her."
Wow, this must be a lot for Dick to digest. First his daughter turns out gay and now he's got a Black cousin. I hope his heart can take the news!
And in other unrelated news.
Please check out the new links I've added. The Backlist is a wonderful site managed by author/lit lover, Felicia Pride. I'm always checking it out to find out what's going on amongst the colored literatti. New books, lit prizes, author gossip, you name it, it's being reported on, on the Backlist. Check it out.
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