But, wait... it gets better J Obama has another surprising cousin -- Rush Limbaugh! Seriously, I'm not making this up. This was part of an AP News Release from 2 days ago. I must quote:
"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."
And frankly, the 17th century (relatively speaking) isn't so very long ago. Of course, the fact of their familial relation doesn't in itself demonstrate irony -- family feuds are hardly uncommon. The irony here is tinged for me by the barely beneath the surface racism encouraged by Palin and Limbaugh through their encouragement of groups that question Obama's religion, place of birth, etc.
It all just makes me want to break out in song:
There's so much that we share,
That it's time we're aware,
It's a Small World After All!