Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Brad Pitt & Barack Obama - Related

Thanks, Denise Lavoie of Associated Press.

Hard to believe, but handsome Brad Pitt and US Presidential hopeful Barack Obama are distant cousins.

And Brad’s wife, actress Angelina Jolie (Voight) is a distant cousin of Hillary Rodham Clinton, another US Presidential hopeful and the wife of former US President Bill Clinton (original name Bill Blythe).

Hillary is of Native American descent, not unlike Angelina Jolie. She also has French Canadian roots on her mother’s side and shares a common ancestry as US pop queen Madonna and Canadian divas Celine Dion and Alanis Morissette (Madonna is French-Italian while Alanis is French-Hungarian).

Obama, the son of a Kenyan and his British-Native-American wife from Kansas, can call six American Presidents his relatives and they are George W. Bush, George Bush (both the younger and older Bushes have Native American and British American heritage), Gerald Ford, Lyndon Johnson, Harry Truman and James Madison.

Other Obama relatives include the younger Bush’s Vice President Dick Cheney, former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill and Confederates military chief General Robert E. Lee.

Hillary’s other relatives include author Jack Kerouac and British heir to the throne Prince Charles’ second wife Camilla Parker-Bowles.

Allegations of nepotism (which are never to be taken seriously) are bound to occur with the younger Bush for the outgoing President’s chosen successor John McCain is a cousin of his wife Laura.