This is the best they can do to smear Barack Obama?
WASHINGTON, March 2 — Genealogists have uncovered a new ingredient in the melting pot identity of Senator Barack Obama, the Illinois Democrat who hopes to become the first black president. His white maternal ancestors once owned slaves.
“The genealogists, led by William Addams Reitwiesner, studied the family history of Mr. Obama’s mother and determined that Mr. Obama’s great-great-great-great grandfather, George Washington Overall, owned two slaves listed in the 1850 census in Nelson County, Ky. Mr. Obama’s great-great-great-great-great grandmother, Mary Duval, also owned two slaves, the records show. ”
[gasp] Y’know what? My great-great-great-great-great grandfather, Tombstone Mitchell, once shot a conservative, just to watch him die.
Predictably the wingnuts are going ape over it. “We wonder if this news is shocking to Al Sharpton?”
Get a load of this, from Matt Drudge: “I am just hoping like hell that the poverty pimp rev. sharpton turns out to be a relative of Strom Thurmond…it will be a riot. He could sure (sic) Thurmonds estate then turn around and pay his followers reparations as a former slave owning family. What a conundrum!”
Yeah, what a conundrum indeed, Matt.
Thankfully, Obama’s campaign seems to be taking it in stride.
“Bill Burton, a spokesman for Mr. Obama, said the senator had long known that he was related to Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, and that another forebear had fought for the Union in the Civil War. Mr. Burton said the findings showed Mr. Obama’s ancestors were “representative of America.”
[snicker] As long Obama doesn’t share Mr. Davis’ affinity for wearing dresses between public appearances, I think the Senator will weather this one too.
Cross posted from AoF