Barack Obama kin to Sarah Palin — and Rush Limbaugh

Because you knew that, at bottom, America is just one big happy — and occasionally dysfunctional — family. From the Associated Press:

President Barack Obama has family ties to none other than Sarah Palin, according to the genealogists at, a discovery the family history site made when looking for connections between political foes.

President Barack Obama/AP

President Barack Obama/AP

And that’s not all — Obama also is apparently related to conservative radio host and relentless critic Rush Limbaugh.

A genealogist at the Utah-based, Anastasia Tyler, said Obama and Palin are 10th cousins through a common ancestor named John Smith, a pastor and early settler in 17th-century Massachusetts. Obama is related to Smith through his mother, as is Palin, Tyler said.

“Smith was against the persecution of the Quakers,” Tyler said in an interview. “He was a very socially conscious man.”

As for Limbaugh, he’s also a 10th cousin of the president — one time removed — through a common ancestor named Richmond Terrell, who Tyler said was a large landowner in Virginia, also in the 17th century. “His history is a little more nebulous,” Tyler said.

How do the genealogists come up with this stuff? Tyler said they start by picking the people they’re interested in, then examine their family trees, going back further and further into history, looking for common surnames and locations.

Former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin/AP

Former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin/AP

In the recent project, genealogists looked at the trees of Obama, Palin, and Limbaugh but also a few others, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Fox News pundits Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity. They didn’t find anything much with the latter three.

But former President George W. Bush? He’s related to both Obama and Palin, the site found. Obama and Bush are 11th cousins through common ancestor Samuel Hinckley, and Bush and Palin are 10th cousins one time removed, also through Hinckley — who, and stay with us now, was John Smith’s father-in-law. has revealed in the past that Obama is related to investor Warren Buffett and actor Brad Pitt. It has also found that Palin, the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate, is a distant cousin of both Franklin D. Roosevelt and Princess Diana.

Radio critic Rush Limbaugh/AP

Radio critic Rush Limbaugh/AP

The site isn’t the only source of this sort of celebrity genealogy information — in 2007, Cheney’s wife, Lynne, discovered ancestral ties between former Vice President Dick Cheney and Obama while researching her book. She said the relationship was eighth cousin, though the Chicago Sun-Times traced it as ninth cousins once removed.

And one other thing from It also found that Palin is distant cousins with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and conservative author and pundit Ann Coulter, through John Lathrop, who was exiled to the United States from England for being a pastor of an illegal independent church.

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28 comments Add your comment


October 13th, 2010
9:19 am

If the president is related to Sister Sarah and Rush that must mean that they are secret Muslims.
They must be undocumented people.
Before Sarah runs in 2012 I want to see her birth certificate!

sam the sham

October 13th, 2010
9:24 am

We all have to be descendants of Noah, therefore we must all be related, cuz.


October 13th, 2010
9:27 am

Trace it back far enough and you’ll see that we are all related to a common African ancestor. Thus we are all “African-Americans.”


October 13th, 2010
9:31 am


about time

October 13th, 2010
9:48 am

OMG Sarah and Rush are secret Muslims – stupid birthers

about time

October 13th, 2010
9:51 am

I think we should have a congressional hearing to determine whether Sarah and Rush are American citizens


October 13th, 2010
10:18 am

Got to love this…….

General Sherman

October 13th, 2010
10:20 am

How is this worthy of being in the news,shortage of news…huh.


October 13th, 2010
10:23 am

Nice try with this ancestry gibberish. The fact is that Barack Hussein Obama is the worst president in the nation’s history. Good folk like Sarah and Rush are informers much like Paul Revere. More damage has been done to our country in just 20 months than in any time in our history. Our deficits have exploded because of him. Our children have become stupid under him. Our jobs have disappeared because of him. Our borders are porous because of him. Our safety and well-being have been compromised because of him.
First we fire his allies in Congress and then we fire him in 2012. The people have been duped.


October 13th, 2010
10:27 am

The worst president in the nation’s history was Ronald “I can’t remember who I am, who you are, or where I am” Reagan!


October 13th, 2010
10:38 am

@TJ: Yes, because under “Dubbya” our children were intelligent and our budget was balanced and tight? Try two un-funded wars and “No Child Left Behind” or as I like to call it, “No School Left Standing.” You are claiming Paul Revere is like Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh? I think you just besmirched Paul Revere! As you so accurately pointed out, it’s been less than two years and you were more happy with the way it was under the previous eight with out of control personal and corporate spending that has irreparably harmed our economy? You, sir, are the kind of people who live off of credit and take out loans to pay off the credit companies. That is what happened and what has shaken us to our very core. Also, so you mean to tell me that in the previous eight years No Illegals came into this country? TJ, I am floored by the lack of mental reasoning you are displaying.


October 13th, 2010
11:10 am

Sarah & Rush are my President cousins? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LIFE IS SWEET!!!!


October 13th, 2010
11:19 am

Don’t blame Dubya he was only doing what his daddy told him.

Typical Politico Behavior

October 13th, 2010
11:19 am

Hey, I thought Rush was going to move to Costa Rica.
Does this mean he’s going to hang around?

UGA grad

October 13th, 2010
11:20 am

Well put Sense. Now with TJ’s narrow-mindedness, all that stuff you wrote just went right over TJ’s head.


October 13th, 2010
11:21 am

TJ I traced your family history back a couple of years,
turns out your related to a muppet.

Cuzzin Kermit!

LOL, you and your tea party friends are absolutely crazy
if you think Pres. Obama created this mess and must
be replaced. He is the BEST President for this country
because he truly cares about ALL of us. No matter what
you think, lie about, or say… WAKE UP DUMMY…ANYBODY HOME????


October 13th, 2010
11:22 am

Mmmmmm, they just cannot find ONE American of African descent that the 1st African-American president is related to.


October 13th, 2010
11:37 am

Conspiracy fans, its been said all Presidents have the same blood…Good entertainment or is it some truth to it,Illuminati!!! Just a thought.

Last Man Standing

October 13th, 2010
11:38 am

I give no president a “pass” on the illegal alien situation. Too little has been done for entirely too long. President George W. Bush was not my favorite: he spent too much money. He also went along with this very dumb bail-out idea. That being said, Obama is STILL the worst to occupy the White House. The damage he has done to America is incalculable thus far. It is absolutely necessary that he be “reigned in” by a Congress that will deprive him of his maddening spending. That will happen in this election cycle. Obama will be shown the door in 2012.


October 13th, 2010
11:43 am

GOPIDIOTS…I don’t think TJ’s related to a muppet. It’s more like he’s the 10th cousin, once removed , from the first amoeba… one of those single-cell organisms that can’t think on its own or in the face of real evidence.


October 13th, 2010
2:38 pm

tj you lie to

Mikey 1

October 13th, 2010
2:56 pm

No president have ever been a favorite of all the people. No president has ever kept all their campaign promises. No president has ever been perfect in ANY fashion.
That being said… In my opinion, I believe Obama has never had enough experience in any political ring of any consequence to serve as president of our great country. He was not even in the senate a year before he ran for the office of Commander In Chief. In my opinion, Obama does not have any of the qualities that it takes to be the leader of our country. In my opinion, Obama has not lived up to any of his campaign promises to help our country and has in fact been a detriment to the complete welfare of our country.
I completely respect the office as it is, I believe, better than other country has. I believe the person holding that office has tremendous responsibities on their shoulders. I look forward to a new president in 2012 that at least has some experience and common sense. Good luck to whoever that person may be.

P.S. I don’t care who that person is related to unless it affects their common sense judgement.

John Galt

October 13th, 2010
5:25 pm

Well said, Mikey.

From what has been written about O’Bama’s parents, they seemed to have left out the fact that he may be a half-sibling to about 20% of the Earth’s polulation by now!

I have never understood why, if all of the “birthers” are loons, O’Bama doesn’t prove them all to be idiots by putting his birth certificate on the internet. Rather than insult them, why not just prove them wrong? What can be that embarrassing on a birth certificate?

And Mikey, BHO promised change- supporters thatought he meant to change the way things are done in DC, but instead he tried to change our fundamental way of life. A poll came out today that said that 40% of those who admit to voting for him now regret having done so. That is a HUGE number, and that is NOT his enemies, but disappointed former supporters.

Diane Bice

October 13th, 2010
6:49 pm

omg John Galt!?!?! Obama DID put his birth certificate on the internet, for pete sake. He did it over two years ago!!! Try googling.


October 14th, 2010
10:07 pm

Nice Dribble. You are able to comment of this b.s.. But, not a WORD about the Senate Race. Or the fact that two (2) of Georgia’s Conservative Senators have helped BLOCK 10 (TEN) straight times Georgia Farmers their just settlement claims. For what reason? We will remember who our FRIENDS are come NOVEMBER!!!


October 15th, 2010
12:16 am

It would be so nice if we could get rid of isakison, whatever is his name is.

Christopher Goss Jacobs

October 17th, 2010
7:18 pm

John Galt, your comments just go to show how the GOP supporter’s hang on to every word they hear from the GOP and the stupid birthers. You all are not capable of researching the information to see if it is accurate. You Jack, the birth certificate is on the internet. Why don’t you people ask for John McCain ’s birth certificate. Was he born in the US.? As a matter of fact were you born in this country? No other president has been ask to prove so much about himself, you people think the presidency is for white only and that’s the problem. Deep down it is not about his policies, it is about his color. This is why the republican has fought the president all the way, they do not want to have it said that a black president is successful. This is why the republican want all jobs to continue to go to other countries, so that they can say the president has not provided jobs for Americans. They will not support the presidents efforts to keep Jobs in the US. Any fool can read between the lines at what is going on in this country. But God will fix all of that in due time.


October 18th, 2010
4:29 pm

Why, if Obama is a christian; has he took God & the ten comandments out of public buildings, and schools? This country was made on the promises of God, why is Obama taking it out of the country? I still beleive God is the only way our nation can servive. In God we trust!