Bush really Irish warlord by way of Chicago?

An article in Salon today digs in its journalistic claws and does some real fact-hunting, coming up with information overfloweth. Turns out the Bush family is not super white bread New England first landed English. The family line is traced back to Chicago, and then on to Ireland.

“The U.S. president’s now apparent ancestor, Richard de Clare, earl of Pembroke — known as Strongbow for his arrow skills — is remembered as a desperate, land-grabbing warlord whose calamitous foreign adventure led to the suffering of generations.

But it seems that Strongbow is not the worst of Bush’s newfound ancestors. The genetic line can also be traced to Dermot MacMurrough, the Gaelic king of Leinster reviled in history books as the man who sold Ireland for personal gain.”

DOH! Ancestry can be such a pesky thing when you have such an impeccable record for NOT being a warlord (and by ‘not being a warlord’, I mean ‘being a warlord’).

1 Comment so far

  1. Mike (unregistered) on January 27th, 2005 @ 11:58 am

    When I read this, I thought of the character in ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ who did’t realize he was a direct male decendant of Gengis Kahn and couldn’t figure out why he had was drawn to furry hats and battle axes.

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