Barack Obama Talks Being Related To Brad Pitt
First Published: March 28, 2008 3:21 PM EDT Credit: ABC
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Barack Obama paid a visit to the ladies of “The View” on Thursday (which aired Friday morning), and Joy Behar asked the burning question a nation of voters wants answered – is the presidential hopeful really related to a Hollywood heartthrob?
“Are you related to Brad Pitt?” Behar asked Obama on the morning chat fest.
“I guess we’re ninth cousins, something removed – or something,” Obama smiled.
Behar’s question came on the heels of a news story, which revealed Obama was a distant cousin of Pitt, while his political opponent, Hillary Clinton, is related to Angelina Jolie.
According to findings by The New England Historic Genealogical Society, Pitt and Obama are ninth cousins, linked by Edwin Hickman, who died in Virginia in 1769.
Meanwhile, Clinton and Jolie are also ninth cousins, twice removed, both related to Jean Cusson who died in St. Sulpice, Quebec, in 1718.
“I think he got the better-looking side of the gene pool,” Obama joked about his relation to Pitt.
And while Obama was happy to play along with the topic, Barbara Walters revealed the Senator might be selling himself short on the aesthetic comparison.
"We were saying just before you came out – maybe we shouldn't say this. But we thought you were very sexy looking,” she told Obama.
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