(NEW YORK) -- If politics makes strange bedfellows, maybe it can be said bedfellows from olden days make for strange politics. Ancestry.com says its latest research on President Obama reveals he is related to former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and radio host Rush Limbaugh through colonial-era ties. The genealogy website says Mr. Obama and the former Alaska governor are 10th cousins through common ancestor John Smith. The president and the talk show host are tenth cousins via common ancestor Richmond Terrell.
Its fair to say the president and his two newly-revealed distant cousins are distant in other ways, too. Both Palin and Limbaugh are frequent critics of the Obama administration and the president probably bears little familial affection for them. Ancestry.com genealogist Anastasia Tyler says that's not unusual. She says it's very common to "find family members on different ends of the political spectrum. This election season is an ideal time to look into the family trees of our candidates and their critics to learn more about the ties that make them all part of this great country."
While you might say going far enough back on anyone's family tree will find everyone related to everyone else, Tyler says the 350-year span in this case is not really long enough to connect most Americans to one another.
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