Dick Cheney, Barack Obama are eighth cousins, Lynne Cheney says

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October 17, 2007 03:49

Though they may spar across the political aisle, Vice President Dick Cheney is close enough to Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama to call him "cousin;" Eighth cousin, that is. Lynne Cheney, the vice president's wife, revealed this tantalizing bit of political trivia during a television interview Tuesday. She said she uncovered the long-ago ties between the two while researching her ancestry for her latest book, a memoir titled, "Blue Skies, No Fences." "This is such an amazing American story that one ancestor ... could be responsible down the family lines for lives that have taken such different and varied paths as Dick's and Barack Obama," Lynne Cheney told MSNBC.


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