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Obama and Wild Bill, Cousins?

By Jonathan Weisman
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- File this one under the category, "Who knew?"

Sen. Barack Obama, speaking at a packed town hall meeting here at Glendale High School, decided to take on presumptive Republican nominee John McCain when he revealed he was genetically ready for the fight. It seems, he said, that he is a distant cousin of Wild Bill Hickock.

"I'm serious," he said to incredulous but good-natured laughter. "That's part of the family legend. I don't know if it's true. But I'm ready to duel John McCain on taxes."

The Hickock legend got its start in Springfield, where the gunfighter met a former Confederate soldier named Davis Tutt in 1865. In debt to Tutt and perhaps sore over a mutual girlfriend, Susannah Moore, Hickock squared off with his adversary on July 21 that year in the Springfield town square and gunned him down in a "quick draw."

That may not be what Obama had in mind for McCain, but he said he is ready for Republican attacks on him as a tax hiker. Both men have detailed tax plans, and both ultimately cut taxes overall, according to the non-partisan Tax Policy Center, jointly run by the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute.

McCain has had his own problems on the tax issue in recent days, taking fire from conservatives for suggesting that he could entertain tax hikes as part of a comprehensive fix to the nation's entitlement woes.

As for Obama's family ties, they just get wider. Last night, at a fundraiser here, a young woman told him she, too, was a very distant cousin of his.

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Over a year ago this came out about Obama's ancestral history at

but was pretty much ignored except that the Associated Press did a story in the Honolulu Advertiser and World Net Daily did one on the web. I guess because at that time Feb 2007 no one really thought he would be a presidential candidate

Posted by: Alexis | August 2, 2008 5:18 AM | Report abuse


Contact: Jeff Kenkel co-chairman --417-693-0513 cell 417 336 9496 home

Steven Reed

Paperwork, including EIN Missouri Fictitious Name and a checking account have been set up. A Statement of Organization Form 1 (Statement of Organization [PDF]) used to register parties and PACs will be sent express mail on Saturday morning June 26, 2008. The group wants to make sure everything stays legal.

"Claire McCaskill has life experiences that have uniquely placed her in a position to understand issues that face people of all walks of life. She can quickly recognize issues and make suggestions for solutions. Clearly, she inspires people, just as Barack Obama does," says Reed.

"Our goal is to spread the word and start such a large wave that McCaskill is selected the Vice President candidate. She sure will not be 'a sit around and watch' Vice President," says Jeff Kenkel Kenkel is co-chair of the National Go Claire VP Movement.

The organizers ask people to do anything they want to and can to spread the work. Some suggestions are at

Reed, who lives in Springfield , and Kenkel, who lives in Branson, were happy to see a news bit at:



Today at 11:32 am the Statement of Organization "DRAFT MCCASKILL VP USA " was express mailed and will arrive at the Federal Election Commission Monday July 28 by 3:00 pm.

Time is critical! Please do what you can today!

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Posted by: s reed | July 31, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Being from Massachusetts, and being a Mayflower descendant myself, I can believe that Obama's mother is from a very old settler family. I am very familiar with the type. She is the type to be ashamed of her ancestors and discounting of their achievements, ultra liberal to show her democratic credentials, prejudiced in favor of every minority that she imagines her ancestors have persecuted, full of self importance and selfish to the core. I was raised with these people but not persuaded by them.

Posted by: Verne Voelker | July 31, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

no wonder McRat was sniffing around in the cheese isle of the grocery store, he was looking for something to go with his....WHINE.

Posted by: loki | July 31, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

What is the news in this trash? A benign little diddly about Wild Bill Hickok and Barack Obama -- to what, make up for your flagrant slip into Fox coverage when you misquoted Obama, claiming he was arrogant? You'll have to do better than this Weisman, you need a front page apology, a confession of pushing hearsay into a quote, maybe even admitting that you have a problem with the truth, work for Fox News, and are repaying the McCain campaign for some favor. This is tripe and you're no journalist.
WP needs to ship you and Milbank back to Fox News; it could be too respectable working for WP, show your naked selves and waddle back on over to Fox News.

Posted by: cmwilson | July 30, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

According to the New England Historic Geneaology Society, which is the oldest geneaoloical society in America, Obama has a very old American lineage. He is related to six U.S. Presidents, including James Madison, who wrote the Constitution. He is also related to Winston Churchill and Robert E. Lee, as well as two signers of the Declaration of Independence. Because of his lengthy family history in America, they state that he is related to literally millions of Americans. So, if you hear that more and more people are related to him, it may well be true. Obama will be the fourteenth Scotch/Irish U.S. President, as well as the first black U.S. President.

Posted by: karela | July 30, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope the debate's not set for Deadwood, South Dakota.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | July 30, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

So is Keith Obermann going to go after Obama for inferring that he would gun down McCain?
Yes, yes, we all know that this was a metaphor for challenging McCain on taxes, but that didn't stop Obermann when he went after Hillary Clinton when she made a innocent statement about the timing of primaries.
No, I would bet money that Obermann or anyone else from MSNBC will never make a special comment against THEIR chosen candidate.

Posted by: Michele | July 30, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Hey RNC/GOP Card Holders...
Watch out........

Posted by: AlexP1 | July 30, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

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