LOS ANGELES (CBS News) — President Obama may not have much in common with Sarah Palin or Rush Limbaugh, but they do share some distant relatives, according to Ancestry.com.

The online family history resource found that the president and the former Alaska governor are 10th cousins through common ancestor John Smith. Mr. Obama and Limbaugh, the conservative radio host, are also apparently 10th cousins once removed via common ancestor Richmond Terrell.

The website reports it found a number of other distant family ties between politicians. Mr. Obama and former President George W. Bush are apparently 11th cousins, as are Mr. Bush and Palin. The former gop vice presidential candidate can also claim Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and conservative commentator Ann Coulter as distant cousins.

The president has been genetically linked to other prominent figures in the past. In 2008, for instance, researchers said Mr. Obama shares ties to actor Brad Pitt, and in 2007, former Vice President Dick Cheney was linked to the president.

— Stephanie Condon, political reporter for CBSNews.com

Comments (7)
  1. John Doe says:

    Publicity stunt,even if it’s true. We are all related in some way.

  2. Obama is related to Palin! He likes to snack on mutton rinds.

  3. rjsmitty says:

    This still wont help that turd in 2012!

    1. alimiel says:

      rjsmitty, if your are referring to “that turd” being Mr. Obama, I find that very disrespectful….even if you do not like the man, he is the duly elected President by the people of the United States.
      Get over it…he is the President!!!

      1. Salami says:

        Palin, Whitman , Carly
        W H O R E S

  4. mule says:

    Micheal Steele is a uncle tom

  5. skyjedi says:

    I am also related to Palin through a common ancestor, but not related to the President.

    I am a direct descendant of Roger Williams. Who founded Rhode Island.

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