Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Blatant Sexism at Work

This is not what you think. From this morning's news:

Researchers at the New England Historic Genealogical Society found some remarkable family connections for the three presidential candidates — Democratic rivals Obama and Clinton, and Republican John McCain.

Clinton, who is of French-Canadian descent on her mother's side, is also a distant cousin of singers Madonna, Celine Dion and Alanis Morissette. Obama, the son of a white woman from Kansas and a black man from Kenya, can call six U.S. presidents, including George W. Bush, his cousins. McCain is a sixth cousin of first lady Laura Bush.

Genealogist Christopher Child said that while the candidates often focus on pointing out differences between them, their ancestry shows they are more alike than they think.

"It shows that lots of different people can be related, people you wouldn't necessarily expect," Child said.

Obama has a prolific presidential lineage that features Democrats and Republicans. His distant cousins include President George W. Bush and his father, George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford, Lyndon Johnson, Harry S. Truman and James Madison. Other Obama cousins include Vice President Dick Cheney, British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill and Civil War General Robert E. Lee.

What the hell? Clinton is paired with female singers and entertainers while Obama gets credit for presidents, generals, and prime ministers!?!?!?


Anna van Schurman said...

Canucks, all they can do is sing and dance. Now I need to know if I'm related to Hilary.

You know, I've never been a big fan of hers. Her policies are too moderate for me. But all this sort of bullshit just makes me want to vote for her more.

K in NY said...

Yeah, that is pretty unfair. I'd vote for Celine Dion's cousin over George Bush's any day!

jo said...

"I'd vote for Celine Dion's cousin over George Bush's any day!"

Thanks. You so made my morning!