October 17, 2007 in Nation/World

Cheney, Obama related

Christine Simmons Associated Press
 

WASHINGTON – Though they may spar across the political aisle, Vice President Dick Cheney is close enough to Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama to call him “cousin.”

Eighth cousin, that is.

Lynne Cheney, the vice president’s wife, revealed this tantalizing bit of political trivia during a television interview Tuesday.

She said she uncovered the long-ago ties between the two while researching her ancestry for her latest book, a memoir titled, “Blue Skies, No Fences.”

“This is such an amazing American story that one ancestor … could be responsible down the family lines for lives that have taken such different and varied paths as Dick’s and Barack Obama,” Lynne Cheney told MSNBC.

According to her spokeswoman, Sen. Obama, D-Ill., is a descendent of Mareen Duvall. This French Huguenot’s son married the granddaughter of a Richard Cheney, who arrived in Maryland in the late 1650’s from England, said Ginny Justice, a spokeswoman for Lynne Cheney.

Obama’ campaign offered a tongue-in-cheek response.

“Every family has a black sheep,” said spokesman Bill Burton.

Lynne Cheney did not reference the vice president and Obama’s ancestral ties in the book, which hit bookstores last week.

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