As if disappointing poll numbers and fund-raising were not enough of a problem for the Barack Obama presidential campaign, now comes news that the senator and Vice President Dick Cheney are distant relations. Eighth cousins once removed, according to Lynne Cheney, who uncovered the tidbit while researching her genealogy for her latest book.
Obama and the Vice President are reportedly descendants of Mareen Duvall, a French Huguenot, whose "son married the granddaughter of a Richard Cheney, who arrived in Maryland in the late 1650's from England."
The Obama campaign offered a tongue-in-cheek response. "Every family has a black sheep," says spokesman Bill Burton.
According to the Associated Press, Lynne Cheney does "not reference the ancestral ties between her husband and Obama in the book", which is a memoir of her childhood in Wyoming. If this reads anything Lynne Cheney's previous
books bodice-rippers on women in the wild west, it should be quite colorful reading.