It was bad enough that President Barack Obama lost his US Senate super majority to a Republican. Now it turns out that Scott Brown, the newly elected senator from Massachusetts, is Mr Obama’s cousin.
Mili Note: most people seem to forget that G.W. Bush and John Kerry are also cousins. With these people, power is always kept in the family.
The New England Historic Genealogical Society said Mr Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, and Mr Brown’s mother, Judith Ann Rugg, both descend from Richard Singletary of Haverhill, Massachusetts.
He died in 1687 at, for the time, the unusually old age of 102.
“I think it’s a really interesting thing, where you have the separation between a Democrat and a Republican, but you have one link,” said David Allen Lambert, the society genealogist who co-discovered the connection with colleague Chris Child.
Mr Lambert said the work had been aided by prior research about Mr Obama, as well as Mr Brown’s cooperation with the society when researchers first contacted him in December.
“I’m glad to be in such distinguished company,” Mr Brown said of the findings.