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Muckety this! Hillary and Barack to Brangelina

By Laurie Bennett

March 26, 2008 at 8:20am

If Hillary Clinton is a ninth cousin (twice removed) to Angelina Jolie, and Barack Obama is a ninth cousin to Brad Pitt, maybe the race for the Democratic nomination is just an ancient lovers’ quarrel, looping endlessly, one generation to the next.

The New England Historic Genealogical Society charted the family trees of the three major presidential candidates and found that Hillary and Jolie are kin, as are Obama and Pitt. John McCain is a sixth cousin of First Lady Laura Bush. Ho-hum.

The society found that Obama can can claim at least six U.S. presidents as distant cousins, including both Bushes, Gerald R. Ford, Lyndon B. Johnson, Harry S. Truman and James Madison.

Other than her husband, Clinton doesn’t have presidents in the family tree traced by the genealogical society. However, she is a distant relative of Madonna and Celine Dion.

If DNA is fate, she may have a future as a diva.

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