No Family Picnic Plans for Cheney and Obama

VP gives wide berth to his ties to 'Cousin Barack'
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2007 8:45 PM CDT
Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice President Dick Cheney, revealed earlier this month that her husband is distantly related to democratic Illinois senator Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – "Cousin Barack? No. No, we haven't. We haven't had the opportunity to talk about it," Dick  Cheney told the press today, when asked whether he had spoken with Barack Obama about the fact that the two men are distant cousins, AFP reports. "I didn't know whether that would help him or hurt him," said Cheney, "So I thought I'd probably stay away from it."

This suggeston that blood is not always thicker than water came courtesy of Cheney's wife Lynne, who noticed the intertwining family trees while researching her memoir. Obama reacted to the news of their shared 17th-century ancestor with humor, pointing out that "Every family has its black sheep."