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Obama Distant Kin to Palin, Limbaugh, Bush, Ancestry.com Says

President Barack Obama is distantly related to two of his most outspoken critics -- Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin and talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh -- as well as to former President George W. Bush, according to a genealogy website.

Family trees revealed Obama and Palin, the former Alaska Governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, are 10th cousins through common ancestor John Smith, according to Ancestry.com Inc. Smith was Obama’s and Palin’s 12th-great-grandfather. Smith, a Protestant pastor, was an early settler in Massachusetts and was criticized by the ecclesiastical community for supporting Quakers, said Anastasia Tyler, a genealogist for the website.