According to Lynne Cheney, her husband, Dick, and presidential hopeful Barack Obama have a common ancestor, but don’t expect a family reunion any time soon. As Obama’s spokesman quipped: “Obviously, Dick Cheney is sort of the black sheep of the family.”
In an interview on MSNBC Tuesday afternoon, Mrs. Cheney said that in the course of researching her husband’s genealogy for her new book, “Blue Skies, No Fences,” she discovered that the two public figures share an ancestor eight generations ago.
“Think about this,” Mrs. Cheney said. “This is such an amazing American story that one ancestor, a man that came to Maryland, could be responsible down the family line for lives that have taken such different and varied paths as Dick’s and Barack Obama’s.”