Barack Obama's surprising relatives: 7 US presidents, one PM and a Hollywood star


    The former President was born in Hawaii in 1961 to Ann Dunham, a white American and anthropologist from Kansas, and Barack Obama Sr., a black Kenyan governmental economist. 

    His parents divorced in 1964, and he moved to Indonesia before heading back to Hawaii to live with his grandparents because his mother wanted him to have a “good English-language education, which wasn’t available… in Indonesia”, according to NPR. 

    Research conducted by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, founded in 1845, found Obama is related to seven former Presidents, namely Harry S. Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson, James Madison, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and both Bushes. 

    Samuel Hinkley of Cape Cod, who emigrated from Kent to Massachusetts before his death in 1662, links Obama and former President George W. Bush, making them 10th cousins once removed. 


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