Pitt and Barack Obama are distant cousins – and so are Jolie and Hillary Clinton

By Sara Hammel
March 26, 2008 09:50 AM

Their family just keeps expanding.

According to a respected genealogical organization, Brad Pitt is related to presidential candidate Barack Obama, while Angelina Jolie can welcome Hillary Clinton into the fold.

If the Democratic debates are any indication, extended family dinners could be very awkward.

Pitt and Jolie – who have four children together and are expecting again – are both ninth cousins of the candidates, according to the New England Historic Genealogical Society. And they’re not the presidential hopefuls’ only famous relatives, the Associated Press reports.

Clinton can count Madonna, Celine Dion and Alanis Morissette as distant relatives, researchers say.

“You’d think with all that singing talent in the family she’d be able to carry a tune,” Clinton’s senior adviser Philippe Reines joked.

Obama, meanwhile, is related to six U.S. presidents, including George W. Bush. (His campaign had no comment.)

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