Can Obama be related to his top conservative foes? You betcha!
By Afton Spriggs
NEW YORK (AP) -- Genealogists at Ancestry.com have been tracing President Barack Obama's family tree and found connections with a couple of his top political foes.
They say Sarah Palin is a 10th cousin to the president. Their common ancestor is a pastor named John Smith. Genealogist Anastasia Tyler describes the 17th-century Massachusetts settler as "a very socially conscious man" who was against persecution of the Quakers.
Also a 10th cousin to Obama, though one time removed, is Rush Limbaugh. Tyler says the president and conservative radio host are connected through Richmond Terrell, a 17th century Virginia landowner.
The genealogists set out to find such unlikely connections. They also found links between former President George W. Bush and both Obama and Palin.
They've not found any connections, so far, between Obama and conservative critics Glenn Beck and Ann Coulter.
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