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 Ancestry.com, a discovery the family history site made when looking for connections between political foes.
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 Ancestry.com, 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