Obama is a Tenth Cousin of Limbaugh, Palin


obama_limbaugh-matzavcopyrightphotoAnd you thought it was strange to hear that Barack Obama was related to Dick Cheney. Well, betcha can’t guess who he’s related to now. Yup — the president has family ties to none other than Sarah Palinaccording 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 radio host and relentless critic Rush Limbaugh. Might you want to reconsider some of your recent comments, Mr. Limbaugh, now that you’re apparently family?

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 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.

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 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.

Ancestry.com 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 GOP vice presidential candidate, is a distant cousin of both Franklin D. Roosevelt and Princess Diana.

The site isn’t the only source of this sort of celebrity genealogy information — in 2007, Cheney’s wife, Lynne, discovered ancestral ties between the Republican vice president 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 Ancestry.com: 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.

Happily for both Obama and Coulter, no doubt, they do not seem to be related.


  1. Heh…

    If there’s one thing that the most frum Jews and the most ardent athiestic evolutionists agree on, it’s this… if you go back far enough, we’re all related.

    The Wolf

  2. There is a significant number of people who say that the inner behind the scenes workings of the government of our country and of all countries are a lot more involved than what is presented in the general media.

    One of the major promoters of this theory is a British author and pundit named “David Icke” (see his web site at http://www.davidicke.com/). I once heard him speak in an interview on a radical radio talk show. One of the key points of information that he mentioned is the following fact.

    All of the 42 (the year was 1998; obviously, now the number is 44) men who were presidents of the United States, are descendants of various royal families — I will repeat that, yes, ROYAL FAMILIES of Europe!

    Well, now with these reports from Ancestry.com, it looks like some facts have been discovered that point in this direction of David Iicke’s claim.

  3. Amazing! Well, less amazing when you remember that Pres. Obama’s mother’s family are nice white Christians from Kansas. Factor in that there were a lot fewer people in the country in those days, and it’s even less surprising.

    #5 – be careful where you get your “facts.” Quotes on a radical radio talk show don’t exactly strike most people as authoritative. If you believe everything you hear on the radio, I’ve got this nice bridge in Brooklyn you might be interested in buying….