Friday, June 19, 2009

One Big Royal Family

I've known for a long time that groups like the Trilateral Commission and the Bilderbergers have permeated both sides of American politics since at least the 1970s. Regardless of who gets elected to the White House, the President or some of his appointed cabinet members have either been members of the Trilateral Commission or have attended Bilderberg meetings. Foreign policy seems to be dictated by these groups regardless of who's in office. And this isn't even taking into consideration Congressmen or Supreme Court Justices who have been members or politicians that are members of the Council on Foreign Relations (another major globalization group that was formed in 1921, long before the Trilateral Commission or Bilderbergers). But, that isn't what's on my mind today. Today, what groups politicians belong too aren't whats on my mind, but what family's they belong too. It seems a lot of them are related.

I found out years ago that Colin Powell is related to the Bush family. They are both descended from British royalty. The common ancestor in their family tree is King Edward I of England (1239-1307). But it doesn't end there. I've also heard that the Bush family is related to the Roosevelt family. Both the Bush family and Cheney family are related to Obama. Dick Cheney and Barack Obama are both descended from Mareen and Susannah Duvall, who were 17th century immigrants from France. Bush and Obama are linked from a 17th century Massachusetts couple, Samuel Hinckley and Sarah Soole. So Dick and Barack are 8th cousins, and George and Barack are 10th cousins once removed. George Bush and John Kerry don't just share membership in the secret society known as Skull and Bones, but also share common ancestry dating back to the 1600s. George Bush and John Kerry are also related to Hugh Hefner. Sarah Palin is related to Franklin D. Roosevelt. Princess Diana is also related to Sarah Palin and the Bush family. But its not just limited to presidents. Apparently Hillary Clinton and Angelina Jolie are distant cousins, and Brad Pitt and Obama are distant cousins also! Here are some other relatives:

-John McCain is related to Laura Bush
-Hillary Clinton is related to Jack Kerouac, Celine Dion, Alanis Morrisette, and Camilla Parker-Bowles (current wife of Prince Charles of England)
-Obama is not only related to both President Bush's, but also Gerald Ford, Lyndon Johnson, Harry Truman, and James Madison.

Here are the news clips about the relatives:

So it seems all these famous people are somehow related to each other and to British royalty. But then again, if you try hard enough I guess you'll find out that were all related somehow. I'm wondering who has enough free time to figure out all these people are related though.

Update (August 11, 2012):  An article posted on the Daily Mail's website states that 42 out of 43 US presidents are descended from King John of England, who is known for signing the Magna Carta.  Read the article here.

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