July 30th, 2012
11:44 AM ET

Obama's family tree connection to first African American slave

(CNN) –His family tree has been linked to Brad Pitt, Sarah Palin and both Presidents Bush but now President Barack Obama may be related to the first documented African slave in pre-revolutionary America.

Ancestry.com, which bills itself as the world's largest online family history resource, on Monday released research and documents which it says shows the first indentured African American servant is an ancestor of President Obama's mother.

"We have two of the most significant Africans in our country's history being directly related to each other," Joseph Shumway, an Ancestry.com genealogist, told CNN.

Shumway was part of a team of four genealogists who say they worked more than 500 hours to establish the connection between Obama's family and that of John Punch, an indentured servant who was sentenced to a life of slavery after an unsuccessful escape attempt in colonial Virginia.

The Ancestry.com researchers found the new connection to the president's African roots through an unlikely link, that of Obama's Caucasian mother.  President Obama's African American roots had previously been tied to his father's Kenyan birth. But as genealogists were pouring through documents tracing Stanley Ann Dunham’s ancestors, they found a connection to the Bunch family which had recently published DNA evidence that they had roots in sub-Saharan Africa. (see documents here)

This was the "spark" that piqued the team's interest in tracing Obama's roots in the pre-revolutionary era African American community.

Yet the greatest obstacle was the volume of records that had been lost or destroyed over the last three hundred plus years.  The researchers had to use clues to cobble together some of the facts.  For instance, when trying to determine the age of a particular descendent, a researcher might use land records together with the knowledge that in order to purchase land in revolutionary America a man must have been at least 21 years old. Through these deductions genealogists were able to trace the president's lineage to a Caucasian family in revolutionary Virginia named Bunch.

But the question remained: were any sub-Saharan Africans also members of the Bunch family?

Shumway said the team "gleaned" every possible clue and came to the conclusion the Caucasian Bunch family was indeed related to African American John Punch.

"[A]ll of the surviving evidence we studied very strongly points to conclusion John Bunch is the son of John Punch," said Shumway.

For instance, in 1640 population counts show there were only 150 Africans living in pre-revolutionary Virginia.  Shumway points to other clues such as the phonetic similarities between Bunch and John Punch's name.  He says that in colonial times spellings were not standardized and genealogists routinely find the same surname spelled quite differently.  In addition Shumway found evidence that the family that owned the slave John Punch married and lived for generations with members of the Bunch family.

"[A] lot of pieces of circumstantial evidence pointed at John Punch as the only logical candidate who could fit as this African American ancestor," of the Bunch family said Shumway.

Ancestry.com has been researching Obama's genealogy since he became a candidate for president in 2008.

"We felt this was an incredibly significant discovery," Shumway said.


Topics: President Obama • The Buzz • The Family

soundoff (792 Responses)
  1. Chiniquy

    So, this means that Morgan Freeman was wrong. President Obama has "black" family roots from the "white" side of his family. Many Caucasian American today have African-American ancestry and they don't know it. A blonde haired blue eyes African American man wrote over 50 years ago: "that every year thousands of Caucasian looking Negro crossed over and pretended to be Caucasian." Now their descendants have no clue about their ancestry. If you are suspicious about your ancestry take off your cloth and if you see certain parts of your body (especially between your legs) looks darker than other parts; there is a chance you have an ancestor that was of African descent.

    July 30, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • CO1982

      "Look between your legs. If it's dark, you might have some Black in ya." "He doesn't look like his Daddy."

      What kind of bullsh*t, arm-chair genetics is that? Personally, I think this story is conveniently timed AND conveniently difficult to verify (with the exception of those 'diligent researchers' and their 500 hours of grueling fact-finding). But the assertions presented in the comments posted suck the stupid right out of the article. Ours is a mixed-race family, and you wouldn't believe the variation in appearance. None of these comments hold water.

      You've only shifted the idiocy. Folks are going to read the comments and lose total track of how full of crap this whole 'first slave' boyang REALLY is. You've revealed yourselves as idiots, and wasted readers time. Shame on you; shame on all these weak assertions based on flawed, rudimentary, amateurish, unlearned misconceptions of history or geneology or whatever the hell else tickled your fancies at 'o-dark-thirty' this morning.

      August 1, 2012 at 7:55 am |
      • Rachel

        i'll only believe it if Ancestry.com allows a professional genealogist outside their payroll validate it. Otherwise, they are no good than some propagandist group.

        And I refuse to pay 30 a month to find relatives through their website.

        August 1, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
      • PeterRouse

        Amen Brother! What nonsense, and suspiciously timed nonsense at that.

        August 2, 2012 at 8:12 am |
  2. mm

    Really, CNN? My family is Irish. We've traced our ancestry back to Obama too, as have many other Irish offshoots of our ancestors...Why is the African American slave news???????? Hmmm...

    July 30, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • told you!

      It's "news" because it gives Obama the credit of being slave-descended like the majority of Black Americans. Happy Birthday America!

      July 30, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
      • sonnie3

        It is not news, It is political propaganda for Barry Hussein Obama

        July 31, 2012 at 10:13 am |
    • Jon

      Nonsense.
      To follow this logic, Brad Pitt (and everyone else, so why name Obama) is descended of the "first slave".
      Anyway, does anyone really believe they know who the, "first slave" was?
      I havent seen the sign off anywhere from the last one either. Ignorance. Gossip, pathological non-sensical idiocy.

      July 30, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
      • Susan

        Where are you getting Brad Pitt? Unless you have studied his family tree, you have no proof of that.

        August 1, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
    • Emmanuel Goldstien

      'because, mm, John Bunch was significant in our history. You and your family are not in any way significant. See the difference?

      July 30, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • Shaggydog

      This also makes him a descendant of the first owners of African Slaves in America. It said both families inter-married. I don't think they'd lead with that for some reason.

      July 30, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
      • OC Domer

        It's a bit confusing, but as I read the article, what they are really saying is that Obama is related to the white family that OWNED the first known African slave in the colonies. He is a descendant of evil slave owners, but not actually a descendant of African-American slaves.

        July 31, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • Toby McDooogan

      Hay... Look all you Black folks, Obama is really black and has suffered along with you! This stinks of desparation from the Obama camp. Gesh!!!!! Look at Barack he is black. Don't forget that hes is black and you blacks need to vote for him. Did I forget to mention that Barrack is black.

      July 30, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
      • Rudy

        Black? Are you sure?

        July 30, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
      • CAL USA

        Look at Toby! He 's a racist and he's an idiot. Did I forget to tell you he's a racist? Did I forget to tell you he's an idiot?

        July 30, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
      • Toby McDooogan

        Hi CAL USA, You provided many excellent points. I particularly like that idea that if I don't vote for Obama then I'm an idot and a racist. Hmmmm... Now that I have considered this further, your thought provoking argument has persuaded me to change my vote.

        July 30, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
      • guest

        but the report wasn't released from Obama or anyone having to do with him. it was released by Ancestory.com, who probably figure that this will bring them morwe customers. So why blame Obama's people for this report?

        July 30, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
      • Al

        Hay, Toby McDoodoo. Doo you buy your Kool Aid by the quart, 6-pack, gallon, 42 gallon drum or 10,000 gallon tanker load?

        July 30, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
      • Bob

        Cal is a racist!!!!

        July 30, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
      • Toby McDooogan

        AI, I've got the Koolaid comming in via I.V. Non-stop flow, unlimited supply. I AM KOOLAID, DRINK ME!!!!!!!!!!!!

        July 30, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
      • A little bit of sanity

        Well, Toby. You did start it all by insinuating this article was intended to push Obama's obvious "blackness". No one is questioning that but a few folks out there (dare I mention them?). African Americans don't need this article to know that. But you are the one who seems to be obsessed with his race. Anyone can read your comment and see clear as day that's an issue for you.

        July 30, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
      • Scott

        guys, get some new material...preschoolers can have better "put downs" than you. You're boring.

        July 30, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
      • fmendes

        Obama is now alll things to all people.
        From being related to the first american slave , thru ethiopa and back to israel as in the lost tribe.
        Hell he may be related to David.
        And dont forget when the Spabish Armada got sunk off the coast of Ireland the spanish sailors swam to Ireland .
        HENCE the Black Irish.
        He also may have Spanish and Irish blood.
        Aren't we lucky to have such a man for president.
        Next thing wil be he was born in AREA 51 , hello E.T.
        Jackass

        July 30, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
      • TBerry

        Let it go. It's not a big deal. Many people of european decent have african, middle eastern, and asian DNA because of the mobility of the Roman Empire and later the occupation of a large part of Spain and parts of France by the Moors. Very few African-American in the U.S. are pure-bred making the presidents roots irrelavant.

        July 30, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
      • Ed Sr of Dallas Tx

        Barack is black? You gotta be kiddin' me! Although he does look different!

        July 30, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
      • lb

        Trump is going to have a tough time finding a sales receipt for the purchase of that slave

        July 30, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
      • Eric

        Toby,

        You can vote for who you want, that does not make you a recist. What makes you both a racist and idiot is the mere fact
        that you only can stereotype. Stereotyping does not require intelligents because it is not open to anything but pre-conceptions. It does require an individual to read nor decipher information but to take mis-information and call it facts. Do you realize that a significant portion of white americans cast a vote for the president in 2008 and will also cast a ballot on his behalf in 2012. However, your dumbness is motivated by your hatred and you cannot see that. In places like New Hampshire, where the african population is around 2 %, the president is leading or is tied in the polls with romney in a state with a large white population. So back off the race issue and purge your hatred heart from race – this is completely ungodly and GOD expects people to look beyond race when dealing with other people. If you do, It may add 20 points to your IQ.

        July 30, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
      • Sagebrush Shorty

        You forgot to mention that Obama is Black.

        July 30, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
      • MMiller

        Toby, you have an ugly soul.

        July 30, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
      • sharky

        Pfffft how dare you call Obama black. He's biracial.

        Oh wait this is CNN. Yup Obama is black.

        July 30, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
      • nowukno

        and this craazay saltine is why you probably will not vote for him huh

        July 30, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
      • Steveo

        @nowukno

        and this craazay saltine is why you probably will not vote for him huh
        ___________________________________
        Yep! Now we kno you're a bigot! Saltine? That your idea of clever?

        July 30, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
      • matinparsonskansas

        hey Toby, you try to be a bully on here, I bet you were picked on as a kid, your probably sitting in some coffee house by yourself thinking your cool stay on here all day looking for a response ago you can pretend you're somebody, well I an just killing time while I wait for my awife to finish inn the bathroom so we can finally get on the road on vacation cuz obamacare saved us a bunch of money on the birth of our baby. I had saved 2000, but insurance from my employer paid all but 77. cuz most was covered as preventive. suck on it, you want to pick on someone do it in person, in my neck of the woods you'll get put down fast. go ahead cry and reply, I won't get. I have a life, I just despise bullies and cowards. and obama will win in 2012, get over it gotta go, spend money cuz the economy is rocking in my town

        July 30, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
      • mcskadittle

        Did it say anywhere is the article that this was done by the Obama staff? No it was done by Ancestry.com as an advertisement for their product and the story picked up by cnn.

        July 30, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
      • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

        So what? My great grandfather was white British and despite my anglo-saxon root, I aint voting for Mitt. No, I'm voting for the other one. That's right, I'm voting for the black President Barack Obama. Obama/Biden/Roberts 2012!

        July 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
      • Jo Ann

        This didn't come from the Obama camp, but from Ancestry.com, which essentially traced his history as a form of marketing for their company. It is significant, not just for Obama, but for all Americans to see the reality that few if any of us are just one race.

        July 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
      • Steveo

        @nowudontkno,

        The president is half white, so are you proclaiming him half a saltine? Which half are you going to vote for and does that mean your votre is only worth 1/2 a vote? Help me out here I really want to kno!

        July 30, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
      • Will

        Toby McDoogan = Some Southern hick from Texas who fornicates with barnyard animals

        July 30, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
      • Stentor

        Fun Fact: Kool-Aid was invented in my hometown by Edwin Perkins back in the 1920s. His wife Kitty Perkins (nee' Shoemaker) was a friend of my grandmother's.

        July 30, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
      • Will

        Toby McDoogan = Some Southern h ick from Texas who fornicates with barnyard animals

        July 30, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
      • Nightstick

        @TOBY... you are so funny... black this black that...wow you are original... you forgot to mention one fact... Those "blacks" you are trying to be funny about, dont care about your comment. I wonder why you manifest the hate in your heart. Why are you envious? Whats the deal little man. Are you having a hard time at the job. Did your girlfriend leave you for a black guy, or did she tell you her fantasy is to have several black guys at once... ? I dont know, but something is wrong on your end....

        July 30, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
      • Ken

        Sorry to inform you Toby, but Blacks would vote for Obama over Romney even if Obama were green.

        July 30, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
      • rick laverty

        I didn't know the first American slave was a muslim!

        July 30, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
      • bigblacktruth

        You absolutely nailed it, Toby. Since people like Morgan Freeman have pointed out that Obama does not share in the African American story, and Obama's black support has gone down, now he has to be blacker than black. He's the blackest man in America. Pathetic.

        July 30, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
      • bb

        Your right, what an insult to black America

        July 30, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
      • I AM

        This is what the presidential race is about . It is about the fact the republicans don't want a black man as president, not the issues at hand. I've come to believe that there is no other reason.

        July 30, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
      • NOBAMA2012

        Hahahah i cant believe the Liberals are so desperate that they try to link Obama to the first slave... LMAOOO i promise you guys that this guy is losing the race in Novermber. He is running around like a chicken with its head cut off. Mr. President, you havent met with your jobs council in over 6 months, maybe you should do that?

        July 30, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
      • joe

        No he isn't. I seen him. Well, maybe not in person but on tv he looks brown. I don't know. You can tell when he talks to dark brown people he has a dark brown 'accent' and when he talks to light brown people he has a light brown 'accent' and when he talks to medium brown people he even has a medium brown 'accent'. The guy is good. Great entertainer, sings too. "I I I, I'm so in love with you". And he's the "preezy who can tweezy". This dude has talent. Can even tell a good joke. Needs to brush up on the POTUS gig though. By the way anybody seen Barack? Hasn't showed up for work in a looooong time. Here he has a mean three wood from the fairway. Can raise all kinds of money but spends it faster than he can make it. (Literally) I think it's time he takes his gig on the road permanently and make his millions on the lecture circuit being an 'expert'. Expert: The person who can tell you tomorrow why, what they predicted yesterday, didn't happen today. Yep, the guy is an expert.

        July 30, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
      • Dave

        Wow, what an id10t. Why would they link it through his Caucasian mother to prove he's black? The only people who have any issue with President Obama being black or not are people like you!

        July 30, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
      • myka

        Dear Toby you do know that 90% blacks voted for Gore (with 3 candidates) and 88% for Kerry (with 3 candidates). I guess 6-9% of blacks are racist. I suppose the same percentage of white people are racist too! Check your facts dummy white men are the real bigots at the poles they don't break for women, Jews, or minorities. Check your facts! Oh did I tell you that you are a bitter white person looking for a reason to dislikes black people!

        July 30, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
      • Cletus

        Hey Toby! Bet you didn't know that Ancestry.Com is owned by - wait for it - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, AKA The Mormon Church!

        July 30, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
      • Thomas

        AI, I've got the Koolaid comming in via I.V. Non-stop flow, unlimited supply. I AM KOOLAID, DRINK ME!!!!!!!!!!!!

        Look Toby, Cal didn't say that you're a racist or an idiot because of your vote. In fact, until you mentioned your vote, nobody could say with 100% certainty who you would vote for so in a way your assumtion that Cal made the comment he did because of your vote lends credit to Cal's arguement of you being an idiot. Second, you're an idiot because you apparently missed the point of Al's "Kool-Aid" comment. You see, a while back there was this cult called Heaven's Gate, right? And the leader of this cult convinced 38 to kill themself by ingesting phenobarbital mixed with Kool-Aid which caused asphixiation. Hence the saying in referance to anyone who follows blindly, "He drank the Kool-aid." Third not voting for Obama doesn't make you a racist, but I'm pretty sure when you start out a comment saying, "Look all you Black folks..." and continue with, "Don't forget that hes is black and you blacks need to vote for him..." you're not going to garner any favor in the black community. All I'm saying is that you should try saying that crap in Harlem and see how far it gets you. So in short, that is what makes you a racist.

        July 30, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
      • striket

        So now instead of getting 92% of the black vote Obongo will get 95%. Good for you. This is a crock of crap and a poor attempt to garnish more votes. Of course Libtards will buy into it because CNN wouldn't lie! Pathetic!

        July 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
      • striket

        That's all libtards do is play the race card. If you are a Republican and believe in capitalistic society you're a racist. If you believe in lowering funding for entitlements you're a racist. If you believe G.Z was acting in self defense you're a racist. New material please libtards.

        July 30, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
      • SugarKube

        Obama is pumping the race card.

        July 30, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
      • sixin

        "Sorry to inform you Toby, but Blacks would vote for Obama over Romney even if Obama were green."

        Ken, but what if Obama was white and Romney was black?

        July 30, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
      • jean2009

        I don't care if the President is a pea green alien covered with polka dots....he still has my vote.
        Obama-Biden 2012

        July 30, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
      • Danceroflife

        All humans have black ancestors, including you. This is the reason whites are always tanning because they really dislike their pale skin and not just because it ages at the speed of light either....

        July 30, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
      • DJ

        No, no and no, you have it all wrong. Zimmerman is White/Hispanic, that makes Obama White/Black or maybe grey, but definitly not Black.

        July 31, 2012 at 11:39 am |
      • Ms. White

        you upset because you do not "swing a big black stick"

        August 1, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • dnokc

      O'bama, I suspected he might be Irish. When did they drop the apostrophe?

      July 30, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
      • Pappione

        Oh man!! That was awesome! Thank you :D

        July 30, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
      • genealogygene

        Welllll.., since CNN brought it up..,
        WHY NOT see how far Obama and Mitt are really removed from each other. Lets trace their ancestrial DNA further back into sub-Saharan Afric. And see how far back it goes to their branch. That would be cool
        And ohhhhh yeah, Michelle's would be verrrry interesting.
        You know..., since CNN brought it up and all.

        July 30, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
      • SweeeeetD

        hahaha! this is the only comment worth reading, in my opinion. :-D
        do we have to keep talking about this shizzz? who cares about the race thing, man, shut uuup. just vote for who you want and call it a day. why isn't this topic considered boring yet?

        July 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • Dean

      This is a setup for tomorrow's article...'Romney's family tree connected to first African-American slave owner'.

      July 30, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
      • CantStandLiberals

        hahaha...so true! And you know its gonna happen. The liberals are so desperate and they are liars and cheaters. They will stop at nothing to get their way.

        July 30, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
      • GOP=Rich, Bigoted Cavemen

        "and they will stop at nothing...." – um, hey Einstein, this also sounds like the desperate GOP.

        July 30, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
      • asdf

        Only if you count 13 year old brides as slaves....which they are after the 4th or 5th one.

        July 30, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
      • George

        CANT STAND LIBERALS....boy U are right on!!!

        July 30, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
      • bb

        No class Dean, were you a nerd in high school???

        July 30, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
      • cyg

        CantStandLiberals – Liars and Cheaters? Why? We're just following your classic moral standards and value as taught to us by GOP in church...(see my finger?)

        July 30, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
      • julio

        I knew it Dean. Romney's ancestor were his landlords. You just can't make this up.

        July 30, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
      • Kathleen Farrell

        Can'tStandLiberals? As far as I know, we've never met. Isn't it a little bigoted to assume I lie, cheat and steal to get what I want when you have no idea who I am? I work hard, do a lot of volunteer work, have been married for decades, have 2 great kids who graduated college and have good jobs. I won't stop at nothing to get what I want. I like to hear ideas and mold my thinking accordingly - that's what liberal means: open-minded. I don't assume the worst of you because you have a different philosophy.

        July 30, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
      • dscon

        I won't stop at nothing to get what I want.
        kathleen;
        cantstandlibs was right.

        July 30, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
      • Mar65

        And the 1st Slave Owner was Black! OMG!

        July 30, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • cc

      Why is Ancestry.com (Mormans) trying to link Obama to slaves?

      July 30, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
      • Susan

        They studied his family tree and this is what they came up with.

        August 1, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
    • BC

      This is the game Liberals and the Liberal media are playing until Nov. Obama isnt part of s h i t!!! Get this clown out of the white house!!!

      July 30, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • wjeri

      Election time! Do not forget Obama is black when you vote.

      July 30, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
      • myka

        Dear Toby you do know that 90% blacks voted for Gore (with 3 candidates) and 88% for Kerry (with 3 candidates).

        I guess 6-9% of blacks are racist. I suppose the same percentage of white people are racist too!

        Check your facts dummy white men are the real bigots at the poles they don't break for women, Jews, or minorities. Check your facts!

        July 30, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
      • julio

        He is not black. He is a mulato. It is all a scam.

        July 30, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
      • solex

        Why would that matter? Shouldn't we concntrate on his record in office. what he has accomplished, what mistakes he has made, what his track record is for supporting job creation, health care, or even foreign relations?

        Why should we focus on what is the least relevant to his qualifications to be president?

        Skin color has nothing to do with anything except racism and stupidity. I choose to NOT reflect on that.

        July 30, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
      • Susan

        So was his mother.

        July 30, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
    • MMiller

      Get a grip.

      July 30, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • Mike

      Obama and his cronies are at it again! It appears now he is pushing his race card again! People again...This con man is 50% White, 38% Indonesion and 1/8th black! Most of us have as much or more diversity as this man. I think the black population is catching on to this wannabe. They know the only thing he values from all Americans is their vote.

      July 30, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • cnnstupid

      :) You guys are freaking unbelievably BAD CNN

      Worst rating in history for obvious reasons...

      July 30, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • Obozo

      If you are saying Obama is not a black, then he could be Muslim with his name !

      July 30, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • George

      RIGHT ON FRIEND..."WHY is this NEWS".....called playing the RACE CARD what else do they have to PLAY?

      July 30, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • falconco

      I suppose Obama will name the first African slave and his tribe, and religious beliefs, and undoubtedly, he has a DNA sample. Such rubbish!

      July 30, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
      • myka

        Why is it rubbish is he to black for you?

        July 30, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
      • julio

        This is the biggest bull Yet. Surprise they didn't come out with this at the end of October.

        July 30, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
      • Cheryl

        Wow, you're an idiot.

        July 30, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
    • Loreeeebeeee

      If we all look hard enough, we are ALL related to each other in one way or another.

      July 30, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • aceryder

      I've just completed a study that Obama is related to god himself.

      July 30, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        And you aren't related to your creator?? Interesting.

        July 31, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • marinedad05

      Well, that's because a whole lot of conservatives love to think Obama is really not American. They want to desperately perpetuate untruths like he is a Moslem, or a Rev. Wright type Christian, Hawaii is not a state...on and on.

      They also think that's the only way Romney could win.

      The GOP and Conservatives ought to love this sort of news...they might yet dream up some darn thing

      July 30, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
      • MCFx

        First, you can be Muslim and American. So, the fact that many think he's Muslim has nothing with being American. Second, he IS "a Rev. Wright type Christian". He attended that church for 20 years and according to Wiki "Wright officiated at the wedding ceremony of Barack and Michelle Obama, as well as their children's baptisms." Third, you forget he lived in Indonesia before he lived in Hawaii.

        July 30, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
      • MCFx

        When is CNN gonna print this fact: "Obama first President to be son of a Muslim ."

        July 30, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        @McFx Obama was born in Hawaii and moved to Indonesia when he was 6 years old – returning to Hawaii FOUR YEARS LATER when he was 10 years old to live with his grandparents.
        Spew your misinformation at the next tail-gate party for hillbilly-hand fishin'-headbangers. They probably won't notice.

        July 31, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
    • odypen14

      CNN just trying to bolster Barry's American roots (that he doesn't have). Ha, ha. And don't think Barry's camp didn't convine Ancestry.com and CNN to collude with this revelation. All I know is that Barry's wife doesn't like Flag Day.

      July 30, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
    • Just Steve

      Personally, I think they should have devoted 501 hours to the syudy.

      July 30, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • TJ

      Does this mean Brad Pitt is related to the first American Slave? Poor Mr. Pitt.....

      July 30, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • Charlotte

      Because it might **gasp** suggest that he's not a foreigner?

      July 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • Leroy

      You sound like you are the black sheep in your family.....

      July 30, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
    • Kev

      Because it is Obozo that is why it is being reported. As far as I'm concern Obama is a no good President, end of story

      July 30, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
      • Cheryl

        Why don't you learn to speak English?

        July 30, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
    • America is gay

      I think this is just a dandy article I mean right at the time when you need to remind the unwashed masses that slavery had been part of US history I mean i had total forgotten. HEY did you guys also know that Obama who is black ( except his black father ran out on him, and was left to be raised by his white family) is running for reelection, hey did you also know he had a crack problem...lol this country is a joke

      July 30, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
      • Susan

        He was raised by his mixed family. The ancestral link to the black slave was found on his mother's side.

        August 1, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
    • j14401s

      BS and more BS. How is this news. I thought he was white. Have I been lied to again. It's getting really old for most of us to have to read this ship in the media.

      July 30, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • fofa

      CNN forgot to mention that Ancestry.com is owned by a Mormon...they did say it on the TV report though.

      July 30, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
      • Susan

        It doesn't matter because you know that Henry Louis Gates wil get right on this and do a special!

        August 1, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
    • Charlene

      It amazes me how we get so up set on whether President Obama is considered black. That was the law made by some whites that if you have a certain amount of black blood, you were considered black. The point is that who of any of us are truly not mixed with some other race? We're all mixed with something. It was ok for some whites to rape black women which created the race to be mixed in the first place, but it's a problem. Bottom line we're all part of the human race created by God who is Love. It's a shame we can't just get it together. Too long, soooooooooooooo sad. God forgive us. Amen!!!

      July 30, 2012 at 9:29 pm |
    • susan basile

      my grandad and joecarlton were half brothers sarah fusta my grandad mom had sexual with joe carltons dad basile was my mom mom dad as for the other side i dont no i came on the boat 1960 when the goverment found out i was taken awayi often wander if everones still away but alive presedent oama i beleive is my big brother blessing peace

      July 30, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
  3. knmer1808

    Amazing news. I also read that he was connected to Moses, Jesus Christ, Ghandi, the tooth fairy, and Gandalf the grey.

    July 30, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      YOU FORGOT, HITLER, KARL MARX, OSAMA BIN LADEN AND MAO ZEDONG AS THE REPUBLITARDS WOULD TELL YOU

      July 31, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
  4. ForReal?

    Let me get this straight. They first wanted to establish a connection between these 2, even before they knew of any relationship, looked loosely over 300 years of records, and then in the end claimed he's related because Bunch rhymes with Punch? Remind me never to believe ancestry.com

    July 30, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
  5. jon

    They had to make assumptions so they could make the connection ... seems like they were trying to find something to support what they wanted to make happen.

    On the other hand, of course Obama is related to John Punch ... have you ever heard of Adam and Eve?

    LOL ... well that makes every liberal a relative of every conservative ... perhaps we need to have a large family reunion ... if we had that family reunion ... that would be a fight worth watching ... Can I sell the TV rights to it?

    July 30, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
    • Drew

      "They had to make assumptions so they could make the connection ... seems like they were trying to find something to support what they wanted to make happen."

      Just like religion!

      July 30, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • CT Yank

      Historians make assumptions based on factual data and understanding of the time period they are studying. Duh. Did you skip all of your social studies classes in high school?

      July 30, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
      • Toby McDooogan

        Hay everybody, CT is in the tank for Obama. There is nothing you can say or any facts you can present to change anyone like this. Why else throw out such a foolish comment and attempt to make the root comment appear to be foolish.

        July 30, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
      • Cryos

        Yeah kind of like how they "found" Elizabeth Warren's Cherokee ancestor then admitted it was totally false right?

        July 30, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
      • Kool-Aid Police

        Did you do a double shot of kool-aid today?

        July 30, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
      • Travis

        Technically this is science, and scientists make Hypothesis, not assumptions. Assumptions are the downfall of any scientific venture.

        July 30, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
      • Candlewycke

        Ancestry.com researchers are not historians. They are genealogists. An historian looks at all facts to make an often educated guess as to family connections. Genealogists look only at existing genealogical records and do a lot of fill in the blanks. This is why it is so easy to buy those nice heraldry plaques with your family crest because all it requires is that the name be close.

        With families of nobility it is easy to do family trees back many generations but for common people, including Barack Obama going back more than a few generations is highly complex and prone to mistakes. Going back to 1640 in slave populations is very near impossible to get anything accurate.

        Now it doesn't really matter one way or the other. Barack Obama is not John Punch and more than 300 years of history separate the two.

        What is odd is that this comes at a time when Obama is working very hard to recreate a public myth for the election.

        I don't want Romney to try to pretend to be a blue collar working Joe because he is not. He is wealthy. Some of that wealth was given him and some of it he worked hard for. Be proud of it. Nor do I want Obama to pretend to be part of some racially motivated slave mythos as if he was only just freed from bondage. he is mixed race, as much white as black and from a middle class upbringing who is now socially prominent and wealthy. Be proud of that or dont waste our time.

        July 30, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
      • ghost2012

        Check yourself now. Remember that it was the Africans that sold us the defeated slaves. So Obama's family must of lost the election over there two before they (shipped him out.) Just to be politically correct. Obama is not black. He's off white.

        July 30, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
      • WhatNow

        Good grief! I came here to read and interesting article about history and then I made the mistake of reading the posts. Such single minded individuals with no critical thinking skills. Bashing the President seems to be a new hobby. There seems to be a new low in childish comments. If you only want to hear one thing, go to fox or grow up.

        July 30, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
      • striket

        Hey Whatnow go watch that dude with short hair on MSNBC. I think his name is Rachel Maddow. I'm sure your views are quite similar to him/her.

        July 30, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
    • Horst Karl`

      I like your thinking and agree with it. I'm too directly related to President Obama. I was born and raised in Germany(they are still debating if that is true)..I'm a fullblooded White and claim kinship with Obama. Why? Like you stated we all come from Adam and Eve. Oh, by the way my name Is Adam, like my ancestor. We need, LoL,to keep things in perspective.

      July 30, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • Oy

      Adam and Eve were not historical people. The Garden of Eden story is mythology.

      July 30, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
      • Toby McDooogan

        Troll alert!!!!! Everyone stop and look. oy has something to say.

        July 30, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
      • Lew

        Adam and Eve were historical people, there are writings and books written that all tell the same story of Adam and Eve. Ofcourse its history. You liberals try to get by in life by distorting the truth with technicalities. Here is the Liberal mindset: There was no such person as Moses, nobody alive today ever saw him alive so he must be a myth. lol

        July 30, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
      • Steveo

        Oy,

        This puts me in a bad place. So who do i believe here? You or the all knowing God? Decisions, decisions!

        July 30, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
      • colleenkelley

        Which all-knowing god? Ancient mythology boasts several...pick your fictional character.

        July 30, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
      • colleenkelley

        Which all-knowing god? Ancient mythologies speak of several. Pick your fictional character...

        July 30, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
      • ghost2012

        Check yourself then. Obama isn't black. He's off-white

        July 30, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
      • Stentor

        SteveO, the idea of a god that is all-knowing & all-caring about humanity is also mythology. Stop believing in superstitious tripe that is a result of man's vanity in thinking we're special in this universe, we're not. No Heaven, No Hell, no afterlife, no christian god.

        July 30, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
      • Rich

        And you are just a bad idea your mama and papa made up.

        July 30, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
      • Chris R

        If you read the Bible you'd see we're all actually the result of a huge amount of incest. If we take the story literally we find that the children of Adam and Eve *must* have taken each other for mates. So the all knowing God set things up so that sister had to bear the children of their brothers and so forth. That's in the Bible. Does that seem kind of like a poor way of going about things? Also, if we are all descended from Adam and Eve why austrailian aborigines look so different than Chinese people and why do they look so different from scandanvians and why do they look so different than the bushmen of the Kalihari? If you take a scandanavian and put them in Ethiopia and have them have children with other scandanavians their children aren't black. Do you really think the human race could diverge so much in 6000 years as to create this much diversity?

        The Bible is the word of God, I believe that. However, the Bible was written down by man and copied by man and translated by man and there are hundreds of different versions with sometimes radically different wording. Are they all literally true? I believe the word of God comes through the Bible but only after deep reflection, thought, and analysis using this great big brain that God gave us. Do you really think God gave them to us just so we'd have some place to put a hat?

        July 30, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
      • Charlotte

        Oy, you're correct, but it's really immaterial to the conversation here. And all these rightwads are afraid to use those things called brains so naturally they want to mix their mythology up with their economic philosophy and political bigotry. Just a natural combination for those incisive thinkers.

        July 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
      • jean2009

        Oy you are correct, and Charlotte is so dead-on accurate about the rightwads.

        July 30, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
      • Steveo

        Sorry Jean but ALL three of you are wrong! As much as I use faith to believe the Bible to be true, you use faith to believe it's not! Somebody is wrong! Judgement day will be too late to do anything about it then! No need to discuss Pascal's wager. I know what that is!

        July 30, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
      • jean2009

        Sorry Steveo.... wrong again. You seem to be striking out.
        Suggested online reading: "The Garden of Eden Myth (Serpent, Adam, Eve & God)" – Walter Mattfeld... For some reason I just can't buy into a talking serpent.

        July 30, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
    • George

      Good idea but it would be a COSTLY one IF the Lefties were left to Organize it..but they do have a "Community Organizer" in play ....right?

      July 30, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  6. daveyoung

    That`s very interesting that Obama`s tree owned the first slaves. Now the DNC wants to own everyone.

    Monday, July 30, 2012

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows Mitt Romney attracting 47% of the vote, while President Obama earns support from 44%. Five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided.

    Fifty-five percent (55%) favor repeal of the president’s health care law.

    July 30, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • nunya

      1. That makes no sense.
      2. You are dumb, that post was bad and you should feel bad.

      July 30, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • ScottyD

      Right..such a reliable source Rassumussen is....Haven't you heard of the new telecom company FoxRas?

      July 30, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
    • Sari

      I think you need to re-read the article and try again. Unless you can't read, of course, which given your post is a distinct possibility.

      July 30, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
      • Toby McDooogan

        Hi Sari, Thank you for that deeply profound statement. It has really given us all something to consider. Your vast experiences and knowledge of the subject is a blessing and has truly, I mean truly, enriched my and all CNN reader's lives. Thank you so much for your keen insight into what has eluded us all until now. You and your comments have provide us much and we have given so little. We humbly sit in reverence of your, how should I put it… Your total awesomeness. Thank you again.

        July 30, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
      • Ben

        The fact he was able to type and post a response to the article is an indication that he can't read? You might want to re-think that.

        July 30, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
      • smb04d

        Well the article did say that Obama's "slave roots" came from his caucasion mother which traced her ancestry from the Bunch family. From what I could glean from the article is that the Bunch family owned a slave named John Punch who had a son name John Bunch.

        July 30, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
      • Marion

        Toby McDooogan
        wrote:
        "Hi Sari, Thank you for that deeply profound statement. It has really given us all something to consider. Your vast experiences and knowledge of the subject is a blessing and has truly, I mean truly, enriched my and all CNN reader's lives. Thank you so much for your keen insight into what has eluded us all until now. You and your comments have provide us much and we have given so little. We humbly sit in reverence of your, how should I put it… Your total awesomeness. Thank you again."

        Thank you so much, Toby, for your dripping with sarcasm post as it added SO MUCH PROFUNDITY to the conversation and I will have to ponder your words all night to fully appreciate them.

        July 30, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
      • Toby McDooogan

        Hi Marion, Thanks. I hear that a lot and unfortunately I'm taken. Also, thanks for your support and your commitment to vote Obama out of office.

        July 30, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
      • Aloisae

        Sari, while the CNN article does not mention it, the research they are reporting on does confirm that if this is President Obama's ancestry then there were indeed more SLAVE OWNERS in the President's family tree than slaves. In fact, given when the offspring of John Punch were posited to have been born, and given that they were born to a white mother, the only slave in the President's family tree was John Punch and the rest were all free individuals, some of whom were confirmed slave owners. You should actually go read the reports on which this highly selective article was written before telling somebody else to re read the article.

        July 30, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
      • Cheryl

        Hi Toby.

        You're an idiot.

        July 30, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
    • Valkyrie612

      You completely misread the information given. Nowhere does it say the Bunch family owned slaves; it says specifically that they are directly related to a slave. You make a baseless assumption. Even if it were true, that was centuries ago. So what? Dollars to doughnuts Romney's family owned slaves for generations. Again, so what? He doesn't own any slaves now,.... or does he??? hmm.....hmmmmmmmmm.... [I'm thinking like a conspiracy theorist].....hmmmmmmm....

      July 30, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • AL In Palm Beach County, FL

      Didn't that same poll 2 days before 2008 election had McCain ahead by 5%?

      I'll take the poll from another source.....NEXT?

      July 30, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
      • Doug

        Yes, Rasmussen polls are consistently wrong. They have their answer and THEN find the demographic to confirm their 'statistics'

        July 30, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
      • George

        DREAM ON...the "Truth Hurts"...its over...

        July 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • Lew

      As of right now based off of those numbers it s poltical tie. That being said, doesnt look good for Obama. Those numbers tell you that some 2008 Obama supporters are jumping ship!

      July 30, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
    • desertgranny

      i thought the first slaves were from england? They wered in debt and were sent here as slaves

      July 30, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • Ma Ling Bo

      Rasmussen Reports. I'd sooner believe Fox News or Rush opening his fat mouthhole. Silly a** conservatives.

      July 30, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
    • Eric

      Democracy poll- Obama 50% – Romney 46%. Thus Rasmussen is not the gospel.

      July 30, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
    • George

      Yeah and I think we understand in "Many" of the Polls that there are about 9-10% more DEMS surveyed than Republicans....Huh....I'm not very good at MATH...but that sounds like it is BIASED just a bid...HAHAHAH

      July 30, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • Chris R

      Rasmussen is known to favor GOP candidates highly. You should take a look at the fivethirtyeight blog. The guy is good and works hard to weed out bias in the polls.

      July 30, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  7. al

    Who cares about Obama's roots. He is a loser that needs to be forgotten after November!!!!!!

    July 30, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
  8. honesty

    Actually, this proves that Obama's ancestors owned the first slave. It's hearsay weather they were related.

    July 30, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
  9. R. Fleury

    "But as genealogists were pouring through documents tracing Stanley Ann Dunham’s ancestors,"-
    should be PORING, not pouring. Still awaiting the return of the prouffreaders--

    July 30, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
  10. Chris of Portland, Oregon

    Who cares about Obama's ancestry!! I'd prefer to hear news about unemployment going down to 4% as Obama promised and his solution to economy so I can get salary increases (haven't received any since Obama became president), need to lower down daily grocery prices, gas, and definitely lower down this countries DEBT which I and my family are silently paying because Obama and His Democratic Senate cannot come up with a budget since 2009. IT IS ECONOMY! KNOWING OBAMA'S HERITAGE WON'T BRING LOWER FOOD PRICES TO MY FAMILIES TABLE. WHO CARES ABOUT THIS ANCESTRIES!

    July 30, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
  11. anoel2005

    the news about Obama's economy is getting worse and worse by the day, so the liberals try to push a total fabrication on the public . They want Obama to have a slave ancestry now, LOL. Funny but Pathetic too.

    July 30, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
    • Mensa

      You are the pathetic one. After Wall Street crushed the world economy with its greed, you want to elect a Wall Street Vulture Fund manager who cannot release his tax returns because doing so would expose him!

      July 30, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
      • DJ

        I say you are all entitled to Mitt's tax returns just as soon as NOBAMA unseals all of his records, including college transcripts. In other words what is NOBAMA hiding?

        July 31, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
    • rl-mich

      This isn't about liberals. This is about Ancestor.com trying to drum up business

      July 30, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
    • ScottyD

      Sorry, but this is Congress's economy....the President can only propose, the Congress has to approve. And obviously, the Congress under the Republicans in both Houses care nothing about the American people, only to defeat President Obama. Thus they have done nothing but let the economy squander.

      July 30, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
    • LT Fang

      If you think Obama's economy is bad, try the one he's trying fix from his predecessors.

      July 30, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
      • dnokc

        Actually, his successors!

        July 30, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
      • Toby McDooogan

        Hi. My name is "LT Fang" and I don't look to the president for leadership. I only look to blame others instead of finding solutions. I also type with one hand because my other hand is always in my nose.

        July 30, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
      • george

        Quit blaming Bush! You are just an Obama slave.

        July 30, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
      • George

        Can we have an........................."AMEN" .....to that factualy statement.

        July 30, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
      • rick laverty

        It's been almost 4 years now! Time to stop blaming his successor and start holding him accountable for his own incompetence. I guess everything else he said he was gonna do and didn't is Bushes fault also. The only thing he has done successfully in his administration is pander to islamic extremist, praise allah while disrespecting Christians. And placed csars in places he knows congress would never appoint is nominees to. He should go back to Chicago and plan with his terrorist friend bill ayers how to bomb more government buildings and kill more innocent policemen.

        July 30, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
      • Stentor

        Toby, then you are a stereotypical member of your party. Keep on pickin'!!

        July 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
      • Pendragon's Mom

        awww..he's not trying to fix anything. He doesn't have a clue how, and in turn made it worse. He's an idiot and a puppet.

        July 30, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
    • guest

      you are confused. congress has the power of the purse, not the president. why not place blame where it belongs?

      July 30, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
    • desertgranny

      Obama is digging deep to give away money to others, of course that is your money and my money he is doing it with. He likes to break the law to show his power what a loser, i don't care who his grandparent where he is destoying America.

      July 30, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
      • Marilyn Consolver(also another granny(75)

        desertgranny, enjoyed your blog of July/2012. You are very funny & you don't mind taking on any of the idiots that try to express their thought's that make no sense at all. Thank you for your imput. I also enjoyed what Toby had to say. I know I should not be laughing at what some of these people have to say, how ever my laughter just slips out, before I can stop it. Keep up your comments. You are Great.

        December 19, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
    • Troll

      Hi. My name not Toby!!!
      My name Kunta Kinte !!!!

      July 30, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
      • Marilyn Consolver(also another granny(75)

        Well...Thank You! My eye's are not so good to see tiny words, so if I have spoken your name wrong, ...I am sorry. Can we still be friend's? Marilyn

        December 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
      • Marilyn C.(also another granny(75)

        Oops! Sorry, did not see the word to clearly, it looked Toby to me. Tiny words are hard for these old eyes.

        December 20, 2012 at 12:17 am |
  12. Mensa

    It is significant, fool, because a direct descendant of a man held in human bondage is the President of the United States. Mitt the Shits Mormon grandfather had 12 wives producing little Romneys in Mexico because he feared prosecution in the U.S.

    July 30, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
  13. TJ Fod

    OMG the obama team must think we are the dumbest people in the world. I will blow ancestry.com off forever.
    idiotic...he is up our butts and I'm sick of it

    July 30, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      Take it up with Mitt, it's his Morman friends who run Ancestry.com., you know, the same kind of Mormans who baptize dead jewish people.

      July 31, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
  14. Brandy BeeCee

    Not impressed by this sleuthing or the story.

    July 30, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
  15. rl-mich

    I am hoping no one is gullible enough to buy this story. It is so full of assumptions (50-50 guesses) it is ridiculous to think it is accurate.

    July 30, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
  16. Fawad Sayed

    and i trace my ancestory back to Adam and Eve and so does everyone else so that makes me the relative of the first slave as well and pretty much a distant cousin to every other human being from both paternal (adam) and maternal (eve) side. Thank God for that revelation, and now since i know that, i can actually get back to doing some real work.

    July 30, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
  17. Fiona

    Oh, please. If you go back far enough, we are all related to one another. This is meaningless, even if true.

    July 30, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
  18. Oh really????

    He has no slave blood in him he even said it right after he became pres. He said michelle has slave blood in her.

    July 30, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
  19. Citizen KK

    also...he was the first in space; he uttered the first word...ever; how shameless; the dopey liberals will come up with any and everything to distract from their failed policies.....

    July 30, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
    • Susan

      LIberals don't have anything to do with it.

      August 1, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
  20. cooper

    As a daughter of the DAR, I want to know about the economy. Standard of living going down and down. I do not care about Obama's roots.

    July 30, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      As a Daughter of the American Revolution – I want to see Mitt's tax returns for the last 10 years – guess we're on the same page

      July 31, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
  21. lolo

    The news about Romney embarassing us overseas and not showing his tax returns makes everyone rich and stupid.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
    • cajr

      how about the black fellas real birth certificate? he refused to show us that too. but thats ok?

      July 30, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
      • Lisa

        Your 'black fella' remark shows your colors too. And he did show his birth certificate – short form before elected and due to all those absurd birthers out there, he released his long form. Which, by the way, I couldn't do either. How about you? But not good enough?

        July 30, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
      • Susan

        Joe Arpio is after it. Don't worry.

        July 30, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
      • Loreeeebeeee

        Do you REALLY believe that with all of the resources that his opposition has, that they could not prove definitively without a doubt whether or not he was born in the US? Seriously?

        This is just the stuff of conspiracy theorists, and those on the opposite side of the fence. You see, if they put those doubts out there, they go viral, and they get more votes. It's so predictable!

        July 30, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
      • myka

        The black fells birth certificate....wow. You are showing your true colors!

        July 30, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
      • solex

        He showed a notarized copy. Completely legal and binding in every aspect. It was only racist retards that wasted all kinds of time and money FORCING the state of Hawaii to release the original one – which they did.

        He was born here, and all of your racist and stupid blather to the contrary won't stop it.

        July 30, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
      • Kathleen Farrell

        Obama very, very early on supplied a Certificate of Live Birth, the same certificate I have and the same I've used for my kids for years. But it wasn't good enough, so to shut up Donald Trump he produced the long form... but it's a fake, according to the bigots. When Romney was asked for his, he produced the Certificate of Live Birth, and that was that. Go figure.

        July 30, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
      • Daniel Moreno

        Sorry to say to all of you birthers out there, but his birth certificate doesn't even matter. You see, we have this thing, in the United States of America, it's a pretty nice law. Whenever an American citizen has a child, be it with another American citizen or a foreign citizen, be they legally or illegally in the country, said child is automatically an American Citizen. That is all.

        July 30, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
      • TBerry

        This birth certificate question just needs to die. If you really believe he is not a citizen you should be willing to put your soul on the line to back that belief up this sunday in church. I do mean burn in hell the whole nine yards if your belief is a lie.

        July 31, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • Toby McDooogan

      Hi lolo, You are very tallented. You were able to type that comment and collect a wellfair check at the same time?

      July 30, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
      • FreeState

        You can neither spell "talented" or "welfare" correctly. I think that is an interesting social commentary in and of itself on behalf of the conservative sect.

        July 30, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
      • White

        Who was your English teacher? She/he will commit suicide reading your grammar and spelling. No wonder you believe in Bimbos and Undies..

        July 30, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
      • Christopher

        It is truly a shame that you cannot spell!

        July 30, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
      • lynetteknowsbest

        You do realize you spelled WELFARE incorrectly, don't you?

        July 30, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
    • daveyoung

      Why do we need to see his tax returns Dude ? You are chewing on the wrong dog bone.

      July 30, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
      • joe

        Didb't you mean, "You're chewing on the wrong bone, dog?"

        July 30, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
      • Aldo schmeck

        Because the enema of my enemy is my anti-Obama.

        July 30, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
      • Loreeeebeeee

        Americans want to know: How much of his money is made off the backs of foreign workers, jobs taken from US citizens? How much of his income is stored in off shore accounts, to escape the payment of taxes? How much of his money is invested in companies who make money with the very things he claims to be against?

        July 30, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • desertgranny

      Omaba will not show how his education was paid for, and say what every thing other country want to hear and does it, AT THE COST OF AMERICANS. And this helps us how????? He betrayes American ever time he opens his mouth.

      July 30, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
    • George

      Showing more tax returns,,,,a CNN mantra along with the LEFT....is a mere DISTRACTION from the REAL ISSUES at hand...its the Economy and Jobs Dummy....not Tax Returns..this guy's name is not Rangel or Ranger or whatever it was....Personally I'd like to see Michell's and BO's.

      July 30, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  22. JOEB

    Two Africans? I thought one of them was a U.S citizen born in Hawaii?

    July 30, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
  23. Shaggydog

    It also turns out he's only two degrees away from being in a movie with Kevin Bacon!

    July 30, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  24. CT Yank

    Gotta love that many posts continue to prove the loss of scholarly intelligence, and no appreciation for U.S. history - American exceptionalism indeed.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
    • k

      Do you mean that the article states first slave instead of one of the first criminals because his relative received slavery as a sentence for a criminal act.

      July 30, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • Aloisae

      The aspect of the report on which this article was based which I find the most interesting, actually, is the questions it raises as to what is the difference between an indentured servant and a slave. If we accept that John Bunch (the ancestor of President Obama) is the son of John Punch, then was John Punch really the first slave as we would historically consider slavery as differentiated from indentured servitude?

      After all, rather than his legitimate children inheriting his status as an indentured servant for life, they were born free men and became slave OWNERS based upon the documents used to determine the chronological link which is an essential component of the claim that the Bunch family is descended from John Punch.

      July 30, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
  25. vtguy

    Now I have heard everything....bbbwwwaaahahahahahahah! The real question.... does he have a real american birth certificate?

    July 30, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  26. lmch

    That is classic!! The economy is in the toilet, Obama does nothing but party with Hollywood, play golf and CNN feels the need to cover for him by bringing up a past of Slavery. What a bunch of BS!!! This is designed to get the black vote and nothing more. And I bet like the books he has published about his life is also made up!!!

    July 30, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  27. Saordean

    They have now found that President Obama’s Mom had some African blood (we ALL do originally, but good for her!) So first he wasn’t “black” Black and now he’s not “white” White. :-) I like him better every day!

    July 30, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  28. MicroDrJ

    "Shumway was part of a team of four genealogists who say they worked more than 500 hours to ESTABLISH the connection between Obama's family and that of John Punch, an indentured servant who was sentenced to a life of slavery after an unsuccessful escape attempt in revolutionary Virginia."

    They established the link, not discovered or identified. Seems like a conclusion in search of facts.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  29. lolo1981

    thats funny it took me 4 hours to trace my fathers heritage back to england on ancestry.com ....not 4 people and 500 hours

    July 30, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      So lolo, you have to have compassion then for any black person whose family were slaves. Their life story connected to ancestors were compromised everytime a person was taken or sold away from their families. Finding your roots for you was easy and not to be compared to populations of people who had no way of knowing their past if it wasn't written down in records that were kept in those days shadowed by the slave trade.
      I would be honored to be related to Barack Obama. Who knows – maybe I am.

      July 31, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
  30. Voice Crying in the Wilderness

    It's interesting that this finding upsets conservsatives so badly. Interesting!

    July 30, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
  31. upside down

    ancestry.com just lost all credibility.

    Maybe if I send them my vitals that I really would be related to that Nigerian prince that needs my bank account to send me money.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  32. the_dude

    Interesting? I wonder if obama has any blood ties to the africans that rounded up other africans and sold them to dutch merchants??? Ancestry.com can only trace back to slave roots but nothing beyond that??? How convienent for ofailure.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • Toby McDooogan

      Hi the_dude, Yes he does. That is exactly what the democratic party is doing today. Only thay don't call it slavery.

      July 30, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • Woman

      It was his great, great, great grandpappy that sold his fifth ugly daughter and her five chidlin wif her no good husband, that;s the one he is related to!

      July 30, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • myka

      They cant trace them back that far genius...that is what happens when the lovely white Americans treated them so well and cut off the names and culture, did not legally recognize the families and marriages, etc.... Yup that rival African tribes are responsible for the nice treatment whitey gave those niggers when they got to America.

      July 30, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        And, maybe you might be related to the Dutch Slave Traders, too! Gee. Would that bother you?

        July 31, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
  33. Dan

    First this morning, they're telling us that Clinton is going to help him win this fall, seems he can't do it on his own. Now he's related to the frist slave. How rediciulous.He must be hurting. The whole thing is getting to be a circus.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  34. LOL

    According to Creationists aren't we all related to Adam and Eve? Thus Obama and Romney are just brothers from a different color mother right?

    July 30, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  35. cateyes233

    who cares?

    July 30, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  36. CO John

    Since the research was likely done by Mormons (giving themselves a little distance by going under their Ancestry.com branch), it's hardly a Liberal ploy.
    My biggest complaint is the article referring to the Revolutionary era – it isn't, it's the Colonial Era and over a century before the Revolution.
    Also the first slaves came over in 1619, not 1640, so Punch may be the first documented slave, but he was hardly the first one.
    The shoddy journalism makes me wonder about the whole thing.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  37. mike hunt

    This website is a scam. It actually showed my friend was related to Jesus. Now Obama's white mom is decended from the first slave?! niggaplz.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  38. Iceaxdave

    P-U-H-L-L-L-E-E-E-Z-Z-Z-!

    July 30, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • CNNidegaz

      HEEEEEEEEEEEEERE we go ...............................

      July 30, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  39. gritsgreen

    Well, if he is a family member, I WILL NOT vote for him.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  40. WDinDallas

    So, he really is Irish?

    This is nothing but propaganda. They figured out that they are going to get low turnout and only 80% of the black vote.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • Susan

      Why do you think this will improve turnout? Peopel vote on the issues.

      July 30, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
      • Steveo

        SOME people vote issues, SOME people vote emotionally, SOME people vote skin color! That goes for BOTH sides!

        July 30, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
  41. justicenonexistent

    Obama related to Brad Pitt, Sarah Palin and both Presidents Bush. Now that's funny!

    "lolo - The news about Romney embarassing us overseas"

    The only one embarrassed by Romney's visit overseas has got to be Obama and that because Romney wasn't snubbed and hasn't alienated one of our biggest allies....

    Romney 2012!!!!

    July 30, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  42. Dean

    Most blacks don't even know who their fathers are, but they can trace Obama's ancestors back a couple of hundred years. Amazing.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
    • daveyoung

      Follow the pigment – to them that`s like the crumbs that Hansel and Gretel left in the forest .....meaningless.

      July 30, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • Lydia Brown

      There are many white people who do not know who their fathers are. I am pleased that they could trace President Obama's ancestry. Have you traced yours yet? You may be surprized what you may find out.

      July 30, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
    • Cambridge

      I think most blacks do know who thier father is. I also think most whites know blacks are slowly closing the gaps and obstacles placed in front of them over the let's say couple of hundred years. Just think blacks couldn't vote or walk through the front door 55yrs ago. I do hope their dependence on "massa" will be a thing of the past. I guess you can take solace in the fact it may not happen in our lifetime but it will. Everytime they read a juvenile statemnts like this I am sure it motivates them even more. Take the time to research American history and you might actually learn a few things. You can lie to everyone around you but you can't like to yourself.

      July 30, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
      • larry

        good thing you've had all those wonderful dems helping you out all these years, what with the welfare, food stamps, free everything....basically using you to keep you down and then give you handouts so you'll vote for them..sick. All the while making you feel they are you your side – wake the frick up and quit being used

        August 21, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
    • Corny Holer

      Lol AWESOME!

      July 30, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • Dorothy

      I feel sorry for you. It must be really hard work to be so ignorant. Do you really believe that nonsense you just posted for the world to see?

      July 30, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
    • the_kat

      Sad, but true!

      July 30, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
    • Nick

      "Most blacks don't even know who their fathers are"

      Not only is this untrue, it's profoundly racist.

      July 30, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
    • barbara

      This is a joke, he will do anything to get re elected, forget it you are going down.

      July 30, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • richard P

      That was a stupid comment to post. Do you know your Dad? Or do you really know your Dad?

      July 30, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • George

      Race Card...again and again...when it's convenient for them to use/ do so/

      July 30, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • Troll

      How many blacks do you actually know Dean?

      July 30, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
    • mr skittles

      Holy s&*^ that was good.

      July 30, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
    • myka

      Congratulations for being racist....did that comment make you feel better about yourself!

      July 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
    • Dave g

      BAAAHHAAAHAAA...you rock!

      July 30, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
    • Belle

      They could find out who their Dad is – just ask Mom to go on Jerry Springer

      July 30, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
    • Gene Ology

      Once you get to the 1850's many birth/marriage certificates disappear. In 1800's a lot of people were killed when they went out west.Some weddings were never recorded they just lived together and had children as they were no one around to record it and some moved around.Many people were illiterate and did not when they were born or how to spell thier name.Some people were taken in as babies by strangers , when the parents died or where killed.Some towns owns disappeared.Some people lived in the wilderness and many records were destroyed by fire flood War etc. Even Ancestry.com records are not 100% accurate. I have seen imy own family name posted by other people with marriage and births that I knew was wrong because I had the family records.Type an ancestor's name in their search engine you will come up with hundreds to thousands of people with the same name.If you know when/where they were born or married you can narrow it down. Family records handed down are the most reliable record.But most people only have 3 or 4 generations of records.As a geneology hobbyist, I found multiple people with the same name born in the same town/area around the same time.Large famlies sometimes named 2 children with the same first name Some people also changed the way they spelled thier name and so on.When you dont know for sure you make a educated guess and that is the best you can do sometimes.I think a lot of guessing went into this claim as it is impossible to know 100%.I can say that everybody's DNA in the world ,if you back far enough traces back to Ethiopia , and that we are all cousins under the skin. "Think of the Whitest person you know: someone with blond hair, blue eyes and almost translucent skin, not a drop of Black ancestry in them. Now think of the darkest person you know: someone richly endowed with traditional African features, not even a drop of White ancestry in their past. Well, guess what? Scientists now trace the origins of both of these people-and of all human beings who have ever walked the face of the earth-to Black Africa, to the region around what is now Ethiopia." http://www.africandna.com/history.aspx

      July 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Scientist who traced the original blood markers in humans proved the story of man's migration from Africa to every contintent. Color is skin deep and was in response to environmental conditions, as well as cultural laws and practices concerning the pairing of marriage partners preferred lightness or darkness. Our blood carries the history of our species and we all are descendents of the same people.

        July 31, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
    • And the Olympic Gold Medal for the "Most Racist Comment" goes to...

      Dean!

      July 30, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
    • UNIQUE

      Check yourself asshole, most blacks do know who their father is. We are not slackers and faggots like most of you are!

      July 31, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
  43. George Loria

    WOW!!!!! He wants t get re-elected so bad. Poor guy he's going to lose the November election and will have to pack and move back to Chicago.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
  44. daveyoung

    Barack WhoeseInsane Obama, part slave, part leprachaun

    July 30, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • george

      And part Jimmy Carter.

      July 30, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  45. Woman

    And I'm related to the very first human.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
  46. amazed at the stupidity

    Really CNN? You have now sunk to the lowest level possible... What did Sheik Obama pay for this tidbit to be "newsworthy"? What a RAG of a news organization...

    July 30, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  47. marctheduck

    6 degrees of separation, right? Obama is also related to Kevin Bacon...

    July 30, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
  48. nolimits3333

    George W. Bush was the goose that flew into the engine.

    Obama landed the plane in the Hudson.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
    • Kool-Aid Police

      If Obama and Biden are both on a sinking ship, who gets saved? --- Answer: The whole country.

      July 30, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
      • CrystllBlu

        "If Obama and Biden are both on a sinking ship, who gets saved? - Answer: The whole country."

        Ain't it the truth!!!!! Love it...LOL

        July 30, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
      • anoel2005

        SO TRUE.

        July 30, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
    • George

      Really...what makes you think he can PILOT "Anything"...if he can lead the country successfully...what makes you think he can FLY and LAND a Plane....Seriously ???????????????????

      July 30, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  49. ned

    MM, you ask why this is news, but I have a feeling somehow that you are not nearly as concerned about sound news judgment as you are in pushing your own agenda, correct? If that's true, and I'm sure you'll agree it is, then why should we listen to your criticism of CNN? Your griping is based not on concern about news judgment. It's about furthering your political or social point of view.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  50. Toby McDooogan

    I must say that I'm impressed of the number of pepole commenting her today that have figured out that this is just a Obama fluff article. No artcles about the economy, fast and furious, his real political beginnings, on and on and on.....

    July 30, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • FreeState

      I'm impressed that you have managed to spell at least one word incorrectly or use bad grammar in all of your posts. How is that "No Child Left Behind" working out for you?

      July 30, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • MMiller

      Toby, you truly have distinguished yourself as the most offensive person on this thread. Congratulations.

      July 30, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
    • Really Now?

      Toady McDoodoo- Ever hear of spell check? You should get a dictionary and keep it handy. Maybe you won't look like such a complete idiot!! Obama/Biden 2012

      July 30, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • anoel2005

      WE'RE SO USED TO THIS LIBERAL LYING MEDIA MACHINE.

      WE SEE IT OVER AND OVER.

      July 30, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  51. marctheduck

    I think this is an effort to give Obama credibility... before he wasn't really black (source: Morgan Freeman in previous CNN website article) but if he's an ancestor of a slave then he must be black. Right? We should consult with Mr. Freeman on this one I think.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
  52. Joe

    Really, I guess if you hammer the square peg into the round hole you will eventually make it fit. I doubt the truth in this as they spent over 500 hours digging it up. You wouldn't spend that much time researching one person unless you are trying to force something. They had a goal in mind when they started and did what they needed to get there. US records on family trees are extremely poor as we don't care about who you are born to. In fact some people are never counted in the US Census due to the short life spans and time of birth. Or there are large gaps of no information because they were born right after one and don't show up for a first time until much later. Honestly who spends 500 hours making connections just because and by accident find this out.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
  53. joe

    GEEEEEZZZZZ CNN you fools are as desperate as Obama, this was absolutely a no news article!!!!!

    July 30, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  54. Al

    And today Obama enslaves the United States as the Welfare and food stamp President. How Awesome is that.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • OrangePekoe

      Nonsense. Obama is NOT the welfare president. Look it up and find the facts instead of yammering on whatever Rush tells you.

      July 30, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
      • BS

        Please cite sources before wowing everyone with your profound insight and knowledge.

        July 30, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
    • George

      RIGHT ON...BIG AL...he's the CHAMP in these areas...UNBEATABLED...it's that OBAMA Money....remember...hmmmmmmmmm

      July 30, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  55. Too Much

    Dumb story. Like it is at all possible to document who the first African American slave was.....

    July 30, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  56. Tim

    Racist Repub rednecks.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • vowelmovement

      intellectual stunted libotard plays the race card yet again

      July 30, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • gep

      You voted for him just because he's black but we're the racists because we disagree with his policies that are bankrupting the nation? Nice try.

      July 30, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • BC

      @ Tim...Is that all you have to say Libtard??? You cant debate so you have to call everyone that disagrees with a half black..half white man???? Wow...you liberals are falling apart.

      July 30, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
      • werthrough

        That's all lib tards usually know how to do is call names and label people..

        July 30, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
      • Susan

        It's the truth. Conservatives are proudly ignorant. How many Olympic ahtletes come from the conservative redneck states? How many Nobel Prize winners? That says it all. Now stop polluting this message board with your ignorant conservative babble.

        July 30, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
      • TOny

        Susan, replace REDNECK with N****R in your comment and you'll see you're just as ignorant and bigoted as the people your accusing.

        July 30, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
      • Susan

        No Tony, I'm not ignorant, I'm truthful. Everyday I see mean, racist comments from conservatives all over the internet bashing liberals and minorities, and I am tired of it. Conservatives even bash American states they deem as too "liberal." Meanwhile, what have those conservative states accomplished? Their states are dead last in education, health and income.Their populations are filled with diabetics. They send very few athletes to the Olympics and their regions do not have many top rated universities. There is no Ivy League equivalent in the South, whereas the West has Stanford, Cal Tech and Berkeley and the midwest has the University of Chicago. CA, the state the conservatives bash the most, sent 127 athletes to the London Olympics. Can you imagine? 127.

        So please...you racist conservatives are in no position to lecture anybody about success. You don't know what it is.

        August 1, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
    • George

      IF anybody....Plays the """"RACE CARD"""""" anymore than you guys...please tell me ( factually ) WHO it is!!! Oh Dead Silence !!!!!!!!!!!!

      July 30, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  57. Kool-Aid Police

    This article uses "may", "cobbled together" and "circumstantial" as it's terms toward a "conclusion." Reads like they already knew what conclusion they wanted beforehand and then connected the dots to "prove" it. Who really cares anyway? Will it increase GDP growth?

    July 30, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  58. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    VOTE FOR "ME"

    Ride in the cart for... FREE !!!

    FREELOADERS...
    You know the ones who DID NOT build that.

    The working TAX PAYERS who still have a job
    who are still NOT paying their "fair share" will
    be more than happy to pull the cart you ride in.
    YOU deserve it !!!

    July 30, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
    • S-Hug

      I have a job, own a home and pay taxes. But I'm smart enough to know that middle class consumers are the job creators, not the super rich. I'm also smart enough to know that if you live within your means and don't own any more assets than you need, taxes are never a worry.

      July 30, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  59. amazed at the stupidity

    This just in to the CNN desk... Obama is related to Einstein...and Jonas Salk...and Gandhi...and Mother Theresa...and Lincoln...and Kennedy... and AW HELL, Jesus Christ, 'cause you know he walks on water, raises the dead & heals all wounds both spiritual and physical... MY GOD WE ARE SO BLESSED BY HIS MAJESTY!!!...not...

    July 30, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  60. bob

    This is perfect because those first slaves were not americans either. So I can see the relation between Obama and them. :-)

    July 30, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  61. Anders Perillo

    Pathetic. Truly pathetic. ...not to mention transparent.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  62. Tired O Da Crap

    Really? He's been president for 3 1/2 years, and now – during the campaign – he's been found to have been related to the first slave????

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    July 30, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  63. Seattle

    This is plain laughable and absurd. Ancestry. com pulling a desperate PR stunt.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  64. Ken Linkins

    Wow, using this method of Non Fact – facts, I have to wonder who is cat is related to (Dems day it is G. Washington, Reps think it is Hitler)! If we make up enought Non Fact – facts, we could prove anything we wanted, but that is called wishful thinking, not rescreach. What is really behind this story? Anyone care to make a guess.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  65. ToldUso

    This isn't anything but a commercial for ANCESTRY.com, not the Obama campaign. It's cheaper "publishing" these ancestral links however bogus the POTUS has than to buy air time during the Olympics. Y'all are talking about it, wonder how many will now sign up for Ancestry.com?

    July 30, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  66. Forrest

    Who cares? I only want to know how many degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon he has.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  67. k

    That's actually a nice way of looking at. Assuming he violated his indentured servitude agreement, Obama's ancestor was one of the first criminals in this country.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  68. Bill

    So what

    July 30, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • myka

      So why click on it?

      July 30, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  69. Jeff

    And Glenn Beck is Obama's brother! I'm sure thousands of Ancestry members are questioning the info they collected and are dumping their accounts after this political stunt. For years we've heard the story of Africans being kidnapped, bound, stuffed into sailing ships, and forced into slavery. Do you really think anyone bothered to submit to these people an application for their forced servitude? No. COMPLETE RHINOCEROS DUNG!

    July 30, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  70. Forrest

    What really matters is can he be linked to Kevin Bacon in six steps or less?

    July 30, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  71. sharky

    Hey my family tree says I am related to the first people on earth. What prize do I win?

    July 30, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • Toby McDooogan

      sharky, Based on this article you should be elected President of the United States.

      July 30, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
      • sharky

        LMAO I know man, right. LOL.

        I am so awesome like that. I should be President.

        July 30, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
      • kirkewilliams

        Only if he's Black.

        July 30, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  72. gep

    What an absolute joke. So called objective journalism died in 2007 to get this fraud elected. CNN and the network news organizations are dying and articles like this prove they have no compulsion to respect the intelligence of their readers. Liberal hacks, all of them.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  73. Tom

    I think he's more related to Cheetah.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  74. James

    This is the most ridiculous piece of political maneuvering I've ever read. CNN, could you please focus a little more on relevant information? We have an important decision to make in November and we don't have any real information to use for that decision.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  75. vowelmovement

    seriously CNN –

    guffaw

    July 30, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  76. amazed at the stupidity

    This just in to the CNN desk... Mitt Romney's family tree has been traced to the original Lakota Indian tribe in North America... beat THAT Obama...BA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

    July 30, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  77. ourlordobama

    Of course he is related to the first slave....

    July 30, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  78. sirstinkypants

    wow soo he can run again now we traced his roots back on one side [propaganda]

    July 30, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  79. Kevin

    And this matters why?

    July 30, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  80. Freedom Fascists

    No one else finds this kind of fishy? First, he can't produce a birth certificate (but don't worry the next day we shot up a random Pakistani compound and said we killed bin laden) but then those SEALS were killed by a rogue RPG. Now he's from a slave family. Vote for him working class, keep sinking the ship! The muslims that we illegally killed overseas because the CIA attacked our Trade Towers are laughing at us, a muslim president. The joke's not on Libya, Iraq or Afghanistan the joke's on us! Soon we will be in Syria too...all the bs lying this website does. Shame on you for believing anything it tells you!

    July 30, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  81. musclecar61

    Anything to get black votes, Next thing he will be a decendant of the under ground railroad or of a famous black professor or something. This will probably mean that Romney's ancestors were slave owners.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  82. ART

    Toby Mc DooDoo lay off the crack pipe dude you're comming off as the idiot that you are

    July 30, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • Toby McDooogan

      Hi ART, I was just about to give it up for the day, but your comment has compeled me to comment. Again, and like so many before you, ..... Ahhhh foreget it, just ready some of my other posts and apply them to yourself.

      July 30, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
      • lynetteknowsbest

        read*

        July 30, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
      • tinisha

        I think that before you try to make fun or ridicule someone you should learn how to spell. The word is compelled not compeled. IJS

        July 30, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
      • Steveo

        @tinisha,
        Anybody here can tell you that I often spell pretty badly at times. You know what I found out?

        THIS IS NOT AN SAT TEST!

        July 30, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
  83. vuatekelematabumba

    HERE we go .........

    July 30, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  84. ART

    STFU free man from Texas

    July 30, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • Toby McDooogan

      Hi ART, Your point is well taken. This fellow from Texas to which you refer... hmmmm..... appears to be in a different thread. Perhaps you need a bit of coaching in how to use the reply function on this particular message board.

      July 30, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  85. bradpitiful

    His mother was a white woman... so shes related to the first black slave in America? GTFO... no im still not going to visit ancestry.commie this is advertising propaganda bs

    July 30, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  86. Anonymous

    Complete garbage story. Really CNN?

    July 30, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  87. Jesus

    Hey all. Jesus here. We are ALL related. Adam? Eve? Have you all forgotten?

    BTW, I'm a Republican. Romney 2012. Holler at the sky if you ever need me. Ciao!

    July 30, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  88. midair

    toby mcdooogan enjoys man love.........not that there's anything wrong with that.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  89. obama born

    All these documents, yet no birth certificate..... Interesting.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  90. NAM VET

    I BELIEVE IT IS GOOD TO KNOW YOUR FAMILY TREE AS FAR BACK AS CAN BE DETERMINED,IF FOR NO OTHER REASON THAN PRIDE AND CURIOSITY. IT WOULD SEEM THAT THIS ARTICAL HAS STRETCHED THE IMAGINATION JUST A TAD. HISTORY SEEMS TO GET AMMENDED WITH EACH NEW ISSUE OF IT FOR OUR CHILDREN IN SCHOOL.
    IT IS NOT ANY DIFFERENT THAN THE ROMANS REWRITING IT,OR THE EGYPTIANS OR ANY OTHER SOCIETY
    SINCE THE BEGINNNING OF TIME. JUST FOOD FOR THOUGHT FOLKS,NO NEED TO PUCKER YOUR BUTTS.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  91. Truth

    Implying that any black male alive in America today actually knows who their father is, now that's rich.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  92. jasoncdanforth

    I agree with Morgan Freeman. The only way to get rid of racism is to stop talking about it. No more demanding reparations, no more lawsuits defending two-bit criminals, no more counter-racism to get even. Trade all that for equality and people will start to respect you. Keep demanding special treatment and people will think you will never be satisfied.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  93. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    Just when we thought he had no slave ancestry...

    July 30, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  94. Kamika

    A biracial President is not good enough for the Democrats , now they want a full blooded black, hum ? it is like the stories that gays publish about a dead famous person, that they were also gays.
    Now Barack Huseini Obama mother is black.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  95. Ptolemy

    This article is quite a strecth. There is a big difference between an indentured servant and a slave, but as long as it helps Obama with his street cred, go for it.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  96. str8whtguy

    Look. My dad's mother was the daughter of Italian immigrants in 1910. His father was a German immigrant steel worker. My mom's family were all Irish, and had been persecuted in this country since the 18th century, but still did pretty well for themselves. My wife is of English, Norwegian, and Native American descent. What does that make my daughter? A beautiful, smart, funny little girl with a great future ahead of her.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • batjones

      str8whtguy – Thanks for your comments. Not every article needs to be political.

      July 30, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
    • Steveo

      Excellent! comments!

      July 30, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • CrazyRay

      My dad's mother was the daughter of her father. My dad's father was the son of his uncles brother. My family tree was established back when we lived in Virginia and planted it. I think my heritage goes way back to some people who lived a long time ago in another part of the world. Knowing all this, I do not feel one bit different. Know why? Because it does not matter...you are who you are. In the words of Mrs. Lincoln "all things considered, the play was pretty good".

      July 30, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
    • NAM VET

      THAT MAKES YOU AND YOURS TRUE AMERICANS. WELCOME AND GOD BLESS.

      July 30, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • richard P

      Like your comment. There are some idiots out there they hide behind the computer and make a fool out of themselves. I'm laughing out loud.

      July 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • George

      WELL SAID friend.....too bad the left can not communicate so factually and eloquentially

      July 30, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  97. White

    I am white and I approve this article. Vote for Obama, who seems to be connected to all races on the earth. We can't get a better international integrator in this world/USA. Obama, YOU are the BEST! I am sensing tingling in my legs;)

    July 30, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • werthrough

      Probably because you peed yourself..

      August 1, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  98. Anna

    Between this obviously placed non-story and the dems pulling in Clinton it shows how desparae the libs have become. Obama can't run on his own record. Then there will be the scorched earth policy coming from Soros in the la 30 days of the campaign – guaranteed (if no sooner).

    July 30, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  99. Richard

    I am more proud of this President than any President in my lifetime.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  100. Anna

    Between this obviously placed non-story and the dems pulling in Clinton it shows how desparate the libs have become. Obama can't run on his own record. Then there will be the scorched earth policy coming from Soros in the last 30 days of the campaign – guaranteed (if not sooner).

    July 30, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  101. capitalismiskool

    NEWSFLASH: Obama is last living decendant of Jesus Christ.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  102. Aces Full

    "the first indentured African American servant is an ancestor of President Obama's mother."

    um, isn't Obama's mother white?

    July 30, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • sharky

      Shhhhhh that seems to be a forgotten fact these days. No one wants to say or admit his mum was white or else they will have to say he is actually biracial. Of course I am wondering just how truly far back this so called tree is looking to try and say his mum's ancestor's are African American, whether that is meaning black or white Africans I have no idea. If they are going to go THAT far back then everyone can make the same claim given anthropologists have dated the first humans to be from the African continent.

      July 30, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
      • lynetteknowsbest

        beacause your first words were "Ssshhhhhh" i read your whole post in a whisper in my head. lmao

        July 30, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • George

      NOW there is a FACT...at least from what we all know and have heard...do we have some FUZZY FACTS from the left here?

      July 30, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • Susan

      But the black ancestor was found on his mother's side, meaning that his "white" mother has African ancestry.

      July 30, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • TOny

      A lot indentured servants were white during the colonial period. This article didn't explain everything.

      July 30, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
  103. mslisac363

    wow a man from africa – I would have never guessed he might be related to a slave.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  104. joe

    I think everyone should have at least one slave and keep them apart so they can't breed.....

    July 30, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  105. NAM VET

    A FAMOUS QOUTE OF WHO DISCOVERED AMERICA–IN 1492 COLUMBUS SAILED THE OCEAN BLUE,SLIPPED ON
    PLYMOUTH ROCK AND SKINNED HIS C–K. AND NOW IT IS BLACK AND BLUE. PRIOR TO ALL OF THAT THE FAR
    EAST FOLKS CLAIM THE SAME,BUT NO ROCK,MEARLY LEFT A BUNCH OF CIRCLE STONES WITH A HOLE IN THE
    MIDDLE. WHO CAN FIGURE THAT.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
    • BC

      You forgot that they also make asumptions when someone is paying them too. dork!!

      July 30, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  106. The Jackdaw

    This is proof that the world really is run by 1 family.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  107. hammer

    Other than Obama who cares.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  108. Kevin

    So, John was the product of the Bunch-Punch family???

    Can we then cobble together that conclusion that two of the biggest American disasters of the 21st century is Obama and BP?

    July 30, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  109. Anna

    awaiting moderation yiou have to be kidding me, I said nothing inappropriate but you allow others to call names and accuse people oof being racist just because they don't believe Obama is doing a good job???? So much for unbiased journalism and freedom of speech, when does the state run media beigin – oh yeah January 20, 2013 if Obama gets re-elected. Now moderate

    July 30, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  110. Yo Masta

    Why can't I own slaves like my Great Great Grand Father?

    Where is the reperations to my family for the lose of our legally acquired farm animals?

    July 30, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  111. TheBigSarge

    is this supposed to make us support obozo? if so, if falls way short of the mark. when his best chance at being reelected now is based on selling out the united states and having an impeached and disbarred, adulterous former president speak on his behalf, you know he is in the dregs.

    obozo lost this one for the democrats, plain and simple.

    -TheBigSarge

    July 30, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  112. twin1994

    Someone is desperate!

    July 30, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  113. WhackyWaco

    Obama trying to be 1st at something.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
    • mr skittles

      nice.

      July 30, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  114. TheBigSarge

    is this supposed to make us support obozo? if so, if falls way short of the mark. when his best chance at being reelected now is based on selling out the united states and having an impeached and disbarred, adulterous former president speak on his behalf, you know he is in the dregs.

    obozo lost this one for the democrats, plain and simple. and a womanizing loser is not going to help.

    -TheBigSarge

    July 30, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  115. BG

    Really? How does anyone know? Was this guy related to obozo's father that came home from WWII as a ten year old in Kenya? Maybe this guy has obozo's birth certifcate?

    CNN grabbing at anything to get the focus off of the fact that we are quickly going broke.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  116. Ed Sr of Dallas Tx

    Yes......his name was......Magoomba Boomba Joomba!

    July 30, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • George

      OUCH eroo

      July 30, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  117. Josh Bizzell

    Could someone please tell this author that 1640 is not equivalent to revolutionary times.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  118. rosie

    This is so stupid. On which side of his family? The fathers family was from Africa so yeah Obama "could" be related to any number of slaves that came to this country. What a dumb story. My family has a connection to Thomas Jefferson only because a woman that was married to one of my ancestors remarried after my ancestor died. She married Jefferson, but to me that is NOT a family relation. Funny how things are perceived.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  119. boss

    wow, what a convenient story – and I've traced my roots back to Atlantis!

    July 30, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  120. Ed Sr of Dallas Tx

    My family tree goes back to Jesus and St Mary according to Ancestry.com.......don't mess with me!

    July 30, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • myka

      LOL.....So funny, in a sea of hate your comment was right on time! On that note I will leave this stupid post before a see another racist comment!

      July 30, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
    • Paul

      Liar

      July 30, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  121. Kevin Bacon

    I'm also related to Obama.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  122. judy

    nice informative artical. I like to watch the TV shows that trace peoples roots. By most of the stupid comments made on this post I would guess most here are related to the jack ass.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • Steveo

      The symbol of the liberal party? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAH!

      July 30, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
    • George

      WHICH.....END...do you represent ????

      July 30, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  123. YoungVeteranFinallyHome

    I have noticed that most of the racist remarks are coming from the south particularly Texas. Maybe nothing to it but I find it interesting.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  124. rubes

    Bunch=Punch and vice-versa. Oh well, close enough. Obuma has to be related some how, so we'll stretch it to make a feel-good story. How lame is this?

    July 30, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  125. Ed

    I new something was fishy about Anne Dunham.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  126. Don in Delaware

    If I had four professional genealogists working on my family tree and they came to me with something this thin and full of circumstantial holes, I'd asked to see their credentials again then fire them. I've done this work for 30 years, you don't make an announcement like this unless you're damn sure.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  127. blindbear

    Whewwww! So much vitriol and hatred. Bet the DSL lines into the trailer parks are overheating.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  128. Rick from Texas via Florida

    Not since OJ Simpson has a African American been discussed in such a negative manner as President Barack Obama. Every effort to discredit his Presidency and his legacy has been under attack. Yes he is residing over one of the toughest recovery efforts, not created by his doing. How dare people lay the blame for all that is wrong at his feet only. You want to talk about his debt before addressing the debt left behind in the wake of a republican congress and republican administration. As for as the future. I'll put my money on POTUS in the up coming debates. If he fails. You want hear a single D

    July 30, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  129. Mitch

    Do you really think that Ancestry.com has anything to do with this presidential race? They found something out and released the information to the world. Stop acting like Obama is behind this, its absolutely absurd to think like that.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  130. Jason

    1640 was Revolutionary America? Come on CNN, can you please make your writers crack open a history book?

    July 30, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  131. PearlDuncan

    The article says the discovery of America's mixed racial ancestry is becoming more common because of the Internet and DNA comparisons, but I know from having done my family's genealogy in the 1990s that the popularity of TV genealogy shows and discussions of the ancestry of Barack and Michelle Obama encouraged more people to reveal the ancestors they found when they did their genealogy. I met people in the 1990s who found ancestors they kept secret. Sharing information about ancestors helps us discover lost history as I showed in recent articles on Art Daily and NearSay about American Colonial artists. http://​newyork.nearsay.com/nyc/​soho-tribeca/​real-estate-world-trade-cen​ter-18th-century-ship-lead​s-hot-history

    July 30, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  132. Out Of Touch with reality

    oh wait, obama isrelate to irish, is related to amish, is realted to idians, is related to whites, is related to africans and NOW, obama is related to the first slave, oh wow, who really cares, next you will tell us that obama is related to the man in the moon. MORE LIES from the obama administration and more excuses.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • Thor

      No wonder whe can't find his REAL birth certificate! Where would you look?

      July 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  133. George

    Aren't they all related anyway?

    July 30, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  134. Brotha

    YES! Now he's black enough for me! WOOHOO!. He still sucks.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  135. Please make it stop!!!!!!`

    Seriously?????? Give me a break!!!!!

    July 30, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  136. Radar

    Just proves that even slaves are more intelligent than the GOP!

    July 30, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  137. Sarah S.

    Oh please, give me a break! Obama has been hanging out with Elizabeth Warren too long – first stealing her talking points on small business, now fabricating lies about his family history. Enough. Time to throw this lying fraud out of the WH.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  138. Evrgreen

    What a coincidence! I don't believe it.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  139. Nelson Colorado Springs

    Good Job, CNN White House Producer Lesa Jansen

    July 30, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  140. ceg10

    This also shows how we are so intertwined as humans meaning you really can't judge a book by its cover/color. Therefore, race conflicts are so stupid because the result is you might be crapping on a family member/distant relative...

    July 30, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  141. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    A lesson to be learned here is to be careful what you say about a person, that person is probably your next of kin. All there different hues of Black people born in the U.S. certainly didn't come from Africa.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  142. bob

    WHAT A LOAD OF BS

    July 30, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  143. Kool-Aid Police

    That's odd, I always figured Obama was related to Karl Marx.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  144. Sagebrush Shorty

    Since humans first evolved in Africa I guess we are all African- American. Can I get my reparation check and race card now.
    Thank you.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • James Foley

      No of course not. Noone except racist whites are asking for those on behalf of blacks whom they are neither authorized nor qualified to speak for. Here's yer sign.

      July 30, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • myka

      There were no reparations dummy...nice try!

      July 30, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  145. Jay G

    LOL! Yeah, I'm sure they know who the first slave was in America. Because records kept back then all remain intact today. What a joke.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  146. Josh

    "His family tree has been linked to Brad Pitt, Sarah Palin and both Presidents Bush but now President Barack Obama may be related to the first documented African slave in revolutionary America."

    Wow, his grandfathers must have been pretty busy and mighty horny.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  147. jorge washinsen

    People who are falling for all of these DNA things supposedly proving this or that are fools.All of this crap started when someone figured if you could put a family tree search engine up and make a fortune on it we all would find we have ancestors all of the world.We were taught from the beginning we all came from two people.If this is all so good why can the police ever seldom find these petty crooks everyone knows?

    July 30, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  148. Josh

    "His family tree has been linked to Brad Pitt, Sarah Palin and both Presidents Bush but now President Barack Obama may be related to the first documented African slave in revolutionary America."

    Wow, his grandfathers must have been pretty busy.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  149. Josh

    Wow, his grandfathers must have been pretty busy.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • Mr. Hand

      Just like his father!

      July 30, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  150. Mr. Hand

    Obama just got the last 3 black votes he didn't already have.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  151. jorge washinsen

    SaraH Palin? Right.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  152. n8v

    It must be hard..I understand Blacks needing to find their roots, not knowing who your dad is must be tough.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  153. me

    My aunt traced our ancestry back to the mid 1500's, it was great to know we NEVER owned slaves :D This is and will forever be a stain on our history and to act as if it never happened is plain rude. Try putting yourself in their shoes....

    July 30, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  154. daisy311

    LoL I've always heard if you want your family history traced, just run for public office... and this proves it!

    July 30, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  155. jorge washinsen

    You know I was right to start with. Pure crap.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  156. HAXZOR

    now if we could only trace down his owner....

    July 30, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  157. John Smyth

    How convenient.

    I bet that they also manage to concoct some BS about Mitt being related to the first slave owner.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  158. EJ in Metro Houston

    forget about Obama being black, the BIGGER story here is that there might be some black in the Bush family.....and possibly SARAH PALIN's as well??? OMG!!

    July 30, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • Thor

      So... one black in the hand is worth two in the bush?

      July 30, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  159. Spam Eater

    Sounds like the Obama campaign is actually afraid of losing a few black votes. Are they afraid someone will figure out that his highness is not really one of the bro's?

    July 30, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  160. Ed

    This is the fishiest most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. So you are trying to tell me and the rest of America that the FIRST black president is related to the FIRST American Slave!? (documented) BS! If they can find that out than it shouldn't be too hard to find his birth certificate should it?

    July 30, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  161. wbcarrier@verizon.net

    So what....

    July 30, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  162. DRC

    The title is demeaning. The story is interesting. At least some people are able to trace their heritage through that atrocity. We weren't SLAVES. We were ENSLAVED.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  163. terry clark

    I don't know if President Obama is linked to the first black slave in America or not, neither does anyone except those poor unfortunate slaves on that first ship. There was not media, no press on arrival, no records other than how many slaves on the ship and by male, female, child...so to tell the American people that Ancestry .com has now traced our President back to the actual first slave off the boat, I would need to know the ship's name, date of arrival and passenger manifest, then move on to family trees religiously kept each family through all those tortuous years they suffered by this incredible dark history of our nation. Ancestry. com....pure B.S.!!

    July 30, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  164. James Foley

    Oh wow, this is awesome.... the prejudiced whites have discovered that bringing up his half whiteness constantly is a dead give away for their racist views; so, they've decided to just be open about it. Fantastic... now we can ignore you by name. You know, because the story is about him being black rather than connecting his American ancestry. Idiots.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  165. John Fuller

    Not really a way to validate this as a truth. Ancestory.com can easily be manipulated through entries made by anonymous people. Gee, do you think the Obama campaign is above doing this? As we all know, the Internet cannot be considered containing valid information.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  166. nowukno

    another race baiting article...yesterday YAHOO...today CNN....TYPICAL CONSIDERING WHO OWNS THE MEDIA...! WAKE UP TROLLS...stop falling fot the divide and conquer techniques

    July 30, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • Steveo

      Exactly who would that be, those who own the media? You're already out of the racist closet, so be bold about it!!

      July 30, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
      • Susan

        We know who it is, and they are the biggest race baiters ever. They love to hide behind "comedy." But if you say anything about them, including the truth, they have a fit and somebody gets fired.

        July 30, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
  167. NAM VET

    HIS GRANDMOTHER TOLD ME THAT THE CLAIM JUST MADE BY ANCESTORY .COM . HAS NOT MET WITH HER
    RECOLECTION IN FACT. SEEMS THAT NO SLAVES HAD EVER BEEN TAKEN FROM EAST AFRICA PERIOD. AT LEAST
    IN HER FAMILY. SHE HAS SAID THAT SHE IS NO FAN OF O.H.OBAMA AND WANTS NOTHING FROM HIM. SEEMS
    WE HAVE A REAL AMERICAN FAMILY WITH A FICTIONAL PAST. SOUNDS MORE AND MORE LIKE THE KENNEDY
    CLAN.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • chiniquy

      NAM VET, you didn't read the article, did you? What does slaves from East Africa have to do with this subject?

      July 30, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
    • Kelly T. Cochran

      Your caps lock...turn them off.

      July 30, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
    • Samboh

      GET BACK TO WORK!

      July 30, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      If you read the article, it said that the first slave WAS ON OBAMA'S MOTHER'S SIDE. Geesh.

      July 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
      • wondering

        yea i guess there were white slaves to

        July 30, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • solex

      RACIST MORONS WHO TYPE IN ALL CAPS PRETTY MUCH ARE SELF-EXPLANATORY.

      No reasearch. Just biased opinions based on hatred for no reason.

      July 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
  168. George

    I thought that Obama was only 1/2 black...but the left does love to place the RACE CARD don't they..that's cause they are trying to BUY MORE VOTES and have "NOTHING ELSE" to run on of course.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  169. you're kidding?

    This is news? Who cares? I prefer MLKs points: Judge a man not by his color but by his character. But then, I don't think Barak wants to be judged by his character...

    July 30, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  170. Fallen Angel

    oh please give me a break,just like their solid information on Christopher Columbus being the first white man to have discovered the new world.I understand he was the first European to discover land that was not really previously fortified by claim by anyone people,the American Indian's will tell you the land belong's to no one person and that the American Indian's treat the land as sacred holy ground.What I was taught in school was that Christopher Columbus discovered America and that there were only a few small tribe's of Indian's in all of what he thought was India and China.He landed in what we know today as being Cuba,Haiti etc.Central America.Doe's anyone really know who was the first slave" BLACK OR WHITE" you would have to research back thousand's of year's and you would still not find the answer.It is infinite period.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  171. chiniquy

    So, does this means that Morgan Freeman was wrong? President Obama has "black" family roots from the "white" side of his family. Many Caucasian American today have African-American ancestry and they don't know it. A blonde haired blue eyes African American man wrote over 50 years ago: "that every year thousands of Caucasian looking Negroes crossed over and pretended to be Caucasian." Now their descendants have no clue about their ancestry. If you are suspicious about your ancestry take off your clothes and if you see certain parts of your body (especially between your legs) looks darker than other parts; there is a chance you have an ancestor that was of African descent.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  172. south4evr

    Obama is related to Mickey Mouse (who is Black) and Casper the Friendly Ghost (who is White). Barack is the first zebra president!!

    July 30, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  173. werthrough

    CNN is looking more and more like those trash magazines that are always in the rack at the lines in the grocery stores. You know the ones with "Woman has alien baby", etc. Wow, just wow...

    July 30, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  174. Judes

    Is Trump aware of this. Is he still checking into the Birth Papers. Wellllllllllllllllllllllll!

    July 30, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  175. Kelly T. Cochran

    1. Don't call it "revolutionary" Virginia if you're not referring to the period betwee the late 1750's and the mid-1780's. Call it what it is: COLONIAL Virginia, or PRE-revolutionary Virginia.
    2. It would be nearly impossible short of DNA to prove this, and even that would be circumstantial at best. It's like me saying that I may be related to Thomas Jefferson through his nephew Peter (whom he ran off the Monticello, possibly for sleeping with slaves). I can't prove it and I don't bother claimng it.
    3. It's readily apparent that the quality of journalism has declined a lot since my father and uncle were in the profession. This is shoddy reporting at best.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  176. werthrough

    C*N*N is looking more and more like those trash magazines that are always in the rack at the lines in the grocery stores. You know the ones with "Woman has alien baby", etc. Wow, just wow...

    July 30, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  177. ghost2012

    Check yourself now. Remember that it was the Africans that sold us the defeated slaves. So Obama's family must of lost the election over there two before they (shipped him out.) Just to be politically correct. Obama is not black. He's off white and then some.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  178. BillyBob

    Just more BS, trying to make those idiots out there believe that the man with no past is really black-Let us see, he is half white, and the the other half is split between arab and black blood-In fact the great imposter told a large group of muslims that he probably has more arab blood in him than black-–Jessie Jackson made up the term african-american decades and the libs and so called black leaders ran with it-–it is all BS

    July 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      And you always check the box ANGLO-SAXON?? Or, maybe ASIAN-AMERICAN?? OR, NATIVE AMERICAN??

      July 30, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
  179. leizaduckworth

    I have been trying to tell my relatives,"we are related to Obama through our Mothers," and here's the proof! "We are all just one big American Family!"And I'm a proud American,who knows we are doing the right thing to tell it like it is,not like the way some would want to keep it a secret!"Sauce is Sauce!"(It should be free for every bodies consumption!)

    July 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  180. Sagebrush Shorty

    So what?

    July 30, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  181. thoughtful

    I think you guys should start a comedy show.....great material

    July 30, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  182. Steveo

    Hey Steveo, you're using my screen name. Tonight we rumble for ownership.

    July 30, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      The one that can give the lyrics to Barry Manilow's all-time hit WINS!!

      July 31, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
      • Steveo

        Well Thank you Cynthia L!

        August 1, 2012 at 10:10 am |
  183. Sambo

    Maybe he would be better at picking cotton then. After all everybody is good at something he just hasn't found out what yet

    July 30, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  184. California

    This whole thing is extremely laughable in so many ways. Ha ha

    July 30, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • puma girl

      Yes, we laugh but also wonder what CNN wants out of putting this information out...
      My roots are from Genghis Khan or possibly Nero the Great – believe it or not.

      July 30, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  185. bmack

    Nice to see all the hypocritical racist online this morning. I know the names of my father, grandfather, great grandfather and great great grandfather. Hey davey why dont crawl back under that rock where your conceived you from or better yet marry your cousin and join the mormons.

    July 30, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  186. Samboh

    Why that Cottnpicker

    July 30, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  187. NO WAY

    EVERYONE KNOWS HE'S RELATED TO LANCELOT LINK!!!

    July 30, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  188. ProperVillain

    This just in months before an election. Looks like someone is trying to secure a section of the vote. Hmmmmmm...yeah, American politics just continues to get more and more ridiculous and pathetic as time goes on....

    July 30, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  189. Jay

    Amazing how stupid stories like this come out during an election year, guess we know who CNN endorses?

    Thought on this article
    1: Really?!
    2: Who cares?

    July 30, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  190. Super Gus

    This is amazing. CNN can trace Obama's history back to the first slave. But no one has seen Obama's birth certificate, or college transcripts, or his foreign student scholarship application to Occedental College. Can CNN provide documentation?

    July 30, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  191. Come on!

    With those ears he has to be related to OPIE. Well that or CHIM CHIM

    July 30, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      And that big wart on your nose with the three hairs sticking out of it makes you related to....??

      July 31, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
  192. bb

    This is why cnn ratings are down and the big boss is leaving and why cnn wont print this. More lies anything for a vote come on people HIS BOOKS ARE LIES, SOLODYNE A GOOD INVESTMENT, COVERS FOR THAT KILLER HOLDER CALLING THE POLICE STUPID. He has done one thing made this country more sue crazy more than b-4, suing az and other staes if he doesnt get his way, BUT BEST IS SENDING THAT INEPT PASTY ROBERT GIBBS OUT to blow smoke up your putpoot WHAT a wimp he is but then again so is OBLUNDER oh by the way THE PRIVATE SECTOR ISNT FINE how could you say something so stupid

    July 30, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  193. XxMacleodxX

    and the reasons that show CNN is nothing more than a supermarket tabloid keep piling on.....

    July 30, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  194. Robeert

    Never mind the slave. Lets see the passport, scholastic records and real birth certificate.

    July 30, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  195. Alien Life Form

    This Gordon Shumway's "research" sounds shaky. I think he's jumping to conclusions to sell the story in order to continue feeding a bad cat addiction.

    July 30, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  196. aceryder

    I just completed a study indicating that Obama is related to god himself.

    I'll be publishing it shortly.

    July 30, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  197. larry

    One day in the future, Barack Obama has a heart attack and dies.
    He immediately goes to hell, where the devil is waiting for him.

    "I don't know what to do here," says the devil. "You are on my list, but I have no room for you. You definitely have to stay here, so I'll tell you what I'm going to do. I've got a couple of folks here who weren't quite as bad as you. I'll let one of them go, but you have to take their place. I'll even let YOU decide who leaves."

    Obama thought that sounded pretty good, so the devil opened the door to the first room.

    In it was Ted Kennedy and a large pool of water. Ted kept diving in, and surfacing, empty handed. Over, and over, and over he dived in and surfaced with nothing. Such was his fate in hell.

    "No," Obama said. "I don't think so. I'm not a good swimmer, and I don't think I could do that all day long."

    The devil led him to the door of the next room.

    In it was Al Gore with a sledge-hammer and a room full of rocks. All he did was swing that hammer, time after time after time.

    "No, this is no good; I've got this problem with my shoulder. I would be in constant agony if all I could do was break rocks all day," commented Obama.

    The devil opened a third door. Through it, Obama saw Bill Clinton, lying on the bed, his arms tied over his head, and his legs restrained in a spread-eagle pose. Bent over him was Monica Lewinsky, doing what she does best.

    Obama looked at this in shocked disbelief, and finally said, "Yeah man, I can handle this."

    The devil smiled and said..........

    (This is priceless...)

    "OK, Monica, you're free to go."

    July 30, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • bb

      Oh my good one

      July 30, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
    • Thor

      Now THAT is comedy!

      July 30, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
    • lynetteknowsbest

      that, was freaking hilarious

      July 30, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      can't type.... laughing to hard!!!!!!!!!!!

      July 30, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
  198. Ohio Voter

    Unless you believe that the DNC controls Ancestry.com, this sounds more like marketing for Ancestry than political gamesmanship.

    July 30, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  199. Dave Laguna Niguel, CA

    I will bet he is related to the Tooth Fairy as well. Did anyone check his links to Santa Claus?

    July 30, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  200. bb

    SHAME ON YOU CNN FOR REPORTING THIS HAVE TED PULL THE PLUG AND FIRE THIS INEPT OBLAMEO SUCKUP

    July 30, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • myka

      They are suck ups because they posted his background? Or maybe you just hate him!

      July 30, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  201. Impossible!

    SLAVES WORKED!

    July 30, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  202. Frank

    BHO is the distant cousin of Bush and Cheney.

    July 30, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  203. Adam

    Interesting. Not voting for the guy. Next.

    July 30, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  204. Real person

    When are people going to get it through their heads that there is only one race...THE HUMAN RACE...and we are all related. Open your minds and think for yourselves.

    July 30, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  205. Grace

    This is a "Vote for me I am Black" story?

    July 30, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  206. TJ

    Big deal (about HoBama and his slave buddies). My ancestry dates back over a millennium. My wife is a direct descendant of King Harold of Denmark, and a relative of Queen Margarithe (Denmark's current queen). That doesn't make either of better (or lesser) human than those around us. Likewise for HoBama. Whoop dee doo doo, and la dee da!

    July 30, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  207. Kay

    Funny how Mormons own Ancestry.com...I wonder who stands to benefit by pointing out how Obama "may" be related to a slave? CNN is a POS for putting this on their website as if it is fact. Ancestry.com is a POS for doing Romney's dirty work...trying sooooo hard to make Obama seem "otherly." Would Ancestry.com release information on Mitt Romney being related to the country's first polygamist? Race baiters.

    July 30, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  208. Truth

    Actually, during the pre & early Revolutionary War period, Whites and African Americans worked along side each other in indentured servitude. I was reading a fiction book book by a research writer when I discovered this. I was quite dismayed that my history classes never mentioned this, even in college. Racial-based slavery was not always so for the Colonies. It's entirely possible for many White people to have Black ancestors, as they were societal equals during those times. This new discovery has no bearing on my vote, either way. It's rather inconsequential to me.

    July 30, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  209. sdfae

    It does not matter who he is related to. It just makes for good gossip.

    July 30, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  210. Cletus Turbrow

    I wonder if CNN ever reads the stories that its reporters write and is ever ashamed at the unabashed campaigning for all things democrat? I really wonder why any company would ever advertise on CNN. Who watches CNN? no one. Fox News is killing you CNN and everyone knows whats about to happen except for the Libs.

    July 30, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  211. sr

    How come we do not ehar as much about the fact that he was half white?

    July 30, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  212. marissa

    Barack Obama is black and if you’re black then you do not even have to think about this..You vote for him based on the fact that he is black..after all didn’t Obama and campaign staff create the “AFRICAN AMERICANS FOR BARACK OBAMA website? You bet he did..Are some of you feeling a bit like something is wrong with this campaign tactic? yeah me too

    July 30, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  213. UmErKayWhat

    sooo.....what I'm getting from this "article" is that Oh 'Joy er Bama is "related" to the slave because his great great great great great great grand pappy was owned by some white people that also lived in South Afrika and had some more relatives that lived here in States?? Last time I checked "owning" property does not make one a "blood" relative....

    July 30, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  214. Cooper

    Where did my comment go? All I said was, The economy is the issue.

    July 30, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  215. Ernie Zippreplat

    Is there anyone this guy isn't related to? We never know since the birth certificate is a forgery!

    July 30, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  216. JNH45

    Didn’t the tribe Obama’s Kenyan father come from participate in the slave business? Didn’t they capture and sell fellow backs to the slave traders? Dig deep folks, there is more below the surface.

    Our ancestral roots should be left to ancestor.com. On both sides of the argument.

    July 30, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  217. Neen

    I am really shocked at the number of people who don't realize that MANY early indentured servants of African ancestry cohabitated with indentured white women and the children born from these relationships were "mulatto" or as we say today "biracial". Due to the fact that slave status was determined by the legal status of the mother during Colonial times, these chldren lived as free coloreds. As you can imagine many of them were quite fair skinned and maintained separate communites from whites and slaves by marrying each other. Those of you questioning ancestry.com's assertion that President Obama's caucasian mother had an African ancestor obviously don't realize that many biracial or mulatto free coloreds "passed" into white society because the fairness of their skin allowed them to undetected. It has been suggested that one or two of Thomas Jefferson's children with Sally Hemmings did the same...some of you always come on these boards spreading your racial hatred, but upon closer inspection, a lot of you don't know s–t about American history, particularly African American history

    July 30, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  218. Tom Tat

    what I do not understand is a black slave married and lived with a white family who owned him is a relative of Mr. B Hussain's NObama's mom. And that makes him related to this first documented slave? Did his great-great-great grandma's mom get pregnant by this big black man? or is owning a slave is now considered being blood related if they live with you? I get it... a black slave with a huge piece of meat is just considered to have had children with the white women of the house. There for a black man did his great-great-grandma, so Nobama is related to the first black slave.

    July 30, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  219. dododog

    "In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the
    University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the
    Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior: "A democracy is always
    Temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent
    Form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until
    The time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous
    Gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority
    Always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from
    The public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally
    Collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a
    Dictatorship."

    "The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the
    Beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200
    Years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

    From bondage to spiritual faith;
    From spiritual faith to great courage;
    From courage to liberty;
    From liberty to abundance;
    From abundance to complacency;
    From complacency to apathy;
    From apathy to dependence;
    From dependence back into bondage."
    The Obituary follows:

    Born 1776, Died 2012
    It doesn't hurt to read this several times.
    Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law in
    St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning
    The last Presidential election:

    Number of States won by: Obama: 19 McCain: 31
    Square miles of land won by: Obama: 580,000 McCain: 2,427,000
    Population of counties won by: Obama: 127 million McCain: 143 million
    Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Obama: 13.2 McCain: 2.1

    Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of the territory
    McCain won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens
    Of the country.

    Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low
    Income tenements and living off various forms of government
    Welfare..."

    Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the
    "complacency and apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of
    Democracy, with some forty percent of the nation's population
    Already having reached the "governmental dependency" phase.

    If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million
    Criminal invaders called illegal's – and they vote – then we can say
    Goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.

    July 30, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  220. Terri

    Welfare was started before Barack was born. The economy was f*ucked up before he got into office. The racist republicans and dumb a**es just wont him to be the scapegoat and everybody knows it but very few people will admit it. Bush and the republicans f*cked up this country ADMIT IT!

    July 30, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  221. WhatNow

    Good grief! I came here to read an interesting article about history and then I made the mistake of reading the posts. Such single minded individuals with no critical thinking skills. Bashing the President seems to be a new hobby. There seems to be a new low in childish comments. If you only want to hear one thing, go to fox or grow up.

    July 30, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
    • Steveo

      You came HERE for history?

      July 30, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
      • Jenna

        LOL

        July 30, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
      • lynetteknowsbest

        history on the president....duh..
        i would like to know, what did YOU come here for?

        July 30, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • bb

      If you believe this , ive got a bridge for sale, as oblunder goes he brings it on himself SOLODYNE, HOLDER, PRIVATE SECTOR IS FINE, YOU DIDNT BUILD IT Dude wake up

      July 30, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
    • Thor

      We aren't bashing the president, per se, we are bashing a deceiver.

      July 30, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
    • anoel2005

      CNN is the culprit here.No integrity when it comes to agenda based LIES .

      July 30, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
      • jean2009

        Suggestion go to Faux....Oh that's right, they won't let you whine.

        July 30, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
    • Steveo

      @lynetteknowsbest

      history on the president....duh..
      i would like to know, what did YOU come here for?
      ----
      The entertainment! btw, you may want to try the History channel of something like that next time! Just sayin'

      July 31, 2012 at 11:53 am |
  222. mkuske

    Sounds like Obama's mother's family was more likely to have OWNED John Punch at some point than to have had any off-spring fathered by him.

    July 30, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  223. dubrats

    last i checked....we are ALL related..........but of course cnn only reports it's own personnal agendas.

    July 30, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  224. odypen14

    Can't even verify where he's born–even Oprah couldn't help him. I hear he went to college. Now we can verify his descendency to...what?

    July 30, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  225. Rich

    How lame is this? Slavery? Really? Can't you just let it go and accept that it was a part of history? Unfortunate, but true. Still going on today in Africa. Why don't you report about that – rather than beat the dead American history horse? Would you consider it full circle that Obama is now President? Drop it..let hate die, won't you?

    July 30, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  226. werthrough

    Will anybody (even the shallow sheep) ever be able to take SEE N N seriously again after this article?!!

    July 30, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  227. Disgusted with Politics

    By the time the election gets here he will be found to be related to all of us. According to the article then Brad Pitt is also related to the first slave in America, as are all the others – right ?

    July 30, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  228. Dave

    Will you go see the new documentary “2016: Obama’s America" when it is widely released next month? If yes or no, did you watch ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ released in 2004? Either way, why would you see one and not the other?

    July 30, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  229. Huh?

    Really? Obama's mama was a white slave?

    July 30, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  230. pachy

    The headline on my CNN home page says:

    "Obama related to 1st American slave"

    Misleading and wrong.

    Prior to the 13th and 14th Amendments, "slaves" were not Americans. After these amendments, there were no "slaves" so it is impossible to be an "American slave."

    In fact, the first "slaves" brought to the Americas were white Irish.

    It escapes me why people refer to "African Americans" Africa is a continent – the most culturally, linguistic, historically, religiously, ethnically diverse place on earth. And yet we lump all Africans together. Check out the current Olympics – do the runners in the 100m look anything like those in the Marathon?

    "Race" is a total political and social artificial construct. Skin color is meaningless. Not all dark skinned people are from Africa and not all people from Africa are dark skinned.

    Case in point – Tiger is less "African American" than he is Thai – except you don't get any marketing $$$ for being Thai.

    And how about Jim Thorpe – "Native American" sure – so where did he get the name "Thorpe"? From his white, Catholic Irish father.

    So let's forget about skin color, "race" and every other false criteria and ask of the black African American Irish Kenyan POTUS – Are we better off?

    July 30, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  231. P. Brown

    Ancestry.com is the best. They did a trace on my family and said I was related to Adam & Eve. Great job donkey party, you never cease to amaze me. Try doing some research on real items such as how our country has been ran in the ground. Oh wait, that is still Bush's fault until 2042.

    July 30, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  232. Peter Nunes

    "Pouring" through documents? Fundamental misspellings of this sort detract significantly from the scholarly tone of articles such as this.

    July 30, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  233. M. I. Happy

    My turds are related to Obama too!

    July 30, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  234. DontPretend

    For all of you "did you drink your kool-aid" clones:

    Do you actually know where that statement came from? Do you know that it was actually Wyler's, and not kool-aid? Could you please think of some other statement to bash into the ground? You people need some creativity.

    July 30, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
    • Kool-Aid Police

      It certainly seems like you drank yours!!

      July 31, 2012 at 8:02 am |
  235. Name*k

    This screams of desperation!!!

    July 30, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  236. jeff tartt

    So his wife's family owned his family?

    July 30, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  237. JD

    By "revolutionary," does she mean, "colonial?"

    July 30, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  238. Name*k

    Get that black vote, Obsma. You go boy!

    July 30, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  239. Gopherit

    Sounds like it could be an attract-more-business ploy for ancestry.com. On the other hand, maybe they can trace my ancestry back to the first German immigrant to the U.S., or the first from Bohemia, or the first from Denmark, or the first from Austria – well, ti really doesn;t matter since this the here and now as opposed to the then and long gone!

    July 30, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  240. Joe

    WOW. Really reaching now to get the black vote. Looks like Obamination is realizes they have screwed up so badly that they really have to rely heavilyon the race card to stay in office.
    It don't matter what color you are, it don't matter what color he is, the issue is he is a terrible prsident. He'd be a terrible president if he were white, brown, yellow or green.

    July 30, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  241. Moe Sizlak

    Why does this non-story have so many "non-racists" up in arms? Your true colors are really shining through.

    July 30, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  242. N&W 1000

    Oh this is RICH....the #1 Brother finally has slave blood!

    Hallelujah! He"s down for the struggle.

    July 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • haloguy628

      American media created a cult of personality around the man who took on the mantle of the Dear Leader, with official biographers claiming that his birth in 1961 in a humble cabin in the slopes of Mount Kilauea was foretold by an unseasonal swallow and heralded by a double rainbow. Simultaneously, "a bright star lit up the sky," the Workers' Party literature reveals.
      From his earliest days, Barrack was destined to be a genius, with the records showing that he had learned to walk at just 3 weeks and was talking at 8 weeks.
      At junior high school in Jakarta, he corrected and chastised his teachers for incorrectly interpreting history with images of teachers bowed before the future leader of the nation who was already a little light on the facts.
      Moving on to higher education, he found time to write 1,500 books during his three years at Occidental College, from where he graduated in 1983, and penned six full operas in two years – "all of which are better than any in the history of music," his biography gushes.
      Turning his hand to major architectural feats, he designed the Washington Monument, a 170-metre-tall monolith in Washington DC that is topped by a glowing red flame.
      Barrack is also an expert in all aspects of the film industry and his passion for the cinema resulted in improvements of many scripts and corrections of famous directors by sharing Barrack’s vast knowledge of making movies. His favorite films were reportedly "Friday the 13th," "Rambo" and anything starring Elizabeth Taylor.
      Barrack is also a star of the sporting arena. According to his biography, he first picked up a golf club in 1994, at a municipal golf course, and shot a 38-under par round that included no fewer than 11 holes in one. Satisfied with his performance, he immediately declared his retirement from the sport.
      Americans are also convinced that Kim has the ability to alter the weather simply through the power of thought.

      July 30, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  243. Jenna

    I almost burst out laughing at this nonsense...he is related to all the famous people, now the first slave? How in God's name would anyone even be able to trace this? Did they dig the guy up and take his DNA from his bones? WAsn't he supposed to be related to royalty too? My God – talk about desperation and foolishness.

    July 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  244. how is this possible

    How is this possible when Trump and other birther nutcases say he was born in Africa.

    July 30, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  245. CBC

    "revolutionary" Virginia??? The Revoultion started in the 1770's. In 1640, this was "colonial" Virginia.

    July 30, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  246. shock and awe

    What a coincidence Mitt Romney is related to the first slave owner. Ain’t that a surprise?

    July 30, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  247. Really?

    We all are related to Adam and Eve therefore all related to the first American slave.

    July 30, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  248. daveyoung

    Barack WhoseInsane Obama, part leprachaun, part slave, part liar. You Go Barack.

    July 30, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  249. daveyoung

    Lesa wears the Yoke for Obama

    July 30, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  250. DAVID888888

    Wow. This is the HEIGHT of stupidity. I know ratings are down due to your Leftist leanings, but THIS is beyond ridiculous. At least have some self-respect, CNN!!

    July 30, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  251. daveyoung

    Ancestry.com, which bills itself as the world's largest online family history resource, on Monday released research and documents which it says shows the first indentured African American servant is an ancestor of President Obama's mother.

    It seems that somehow, Barack`s mother fell into a vat of Clorox, right after she became Irish.....who knew ?

    July 30, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  252. mr skittles

    george washington chopped down the cherry tree -> a tree is like a bush --> the bush is where obama emerged from -> therefore obama has already served as president and therefore must be removed

    July 30, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  253. Barney Rubble

    They're all related......Who cares ? ?

    July 30, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  254. Barney Rubble

    CNN censored news now........Hey change the name of CNN to " WHITE HOUSE REPORT "

    July 30, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  255. Barney Rubble

    MODERATE THIS ! ! !

    July 30, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  256. snowdogg

    My family can be traced back to mid-11th century Scotland...but I'm sure we are related to Obama. LOL !

    July 30, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  257. haloguy628

    American media created a cult of personality around the man who took on the mantle of the Dear Leader, with official biographers claiming that his birth in 1961 in a humble cabin in the slopes of Mount Kilauea was foretold by an unseasonal swallow and heralded by a double rainbow. Simultaneously, "a bright star lit up the sky," the Workers' Party literature reveals.

    From his earliest days, Barrack was destined to be a genius, with the records showing that he had learned to walk at just 3 weeks and was talking at 8 weeks.
    At junior high school in Jakarta, he corrected and chastised his teachers for incorrectly interpreting history with images of teachers bowed before the future leader of the nation who was already a little light on the facts.

    Moving on to higher education, he found time to write 1,500 books during his three years at Occidental College, from where he graduated in 1983, and penned six full operas in two years – "all of which are better than any in the history of music," his biography gushes.

    Turning his hand to major architectural feats, he designed the Washington Monument, a 170-metre-tall monolith in Washington DC that is topped by a glowing red flame.

    Barrack is also an expert in all aspects of the film industry and his passion for the cinema resulted in improvements of many scripts and corrections of famous directors by sharing Barrack’s vast knowledge of making movies. His favorite films were reportedly "Friday the 13th," "Rambo" and anything starring Elizabeth Taylor.

    Barrack is also a star of the sporting arena. According to his biography, he first picked up a golf club in 1994, at a municipal golf course, and shot a 38-under par round that included no fewer than 11 holes in one. Satisfied with his performance, he immediately declared his retirement from the sport.

    Americans are also convinced that Kim has the ability to alter the weather simply through the power of thought.

    July 30, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  258. tebojockey

    C'mon CNN....you wait until now to dig this factoid out of some manure pile of information and present it to the world? At this critical juncture where Obama really needs the black vote? Give me a break! I don't care if he's related to Hitler somehow. He and Romney will be judged on their efforts and what they produce, not where they came from or who they may be related too down some distant line of DNA.

    July 30, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  259. Bruce

    More crappola from CNN trying to be a Bama Boosters. Now we are trying to get a sympathy vote for Obama?? Look the guy will serve four years and that is it. My White Guilt is now satisfied, and I can now vote for a real President.

    July 30, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  260. Victor Poindexter

    He's not black...he's mocha.

    July 30, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  261. wow wow wub-z

    That's ridiculous....ancestry.com can link anyone to anything...i bet he's related to Mitt Romney.

    July 30, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  262. Thor

    Funny, I thought that the first African American Slave who died as the first American Patriot would be the most significant negro in American history. (That would be Crispus Attucks).

    July 30, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  263. disappointed

    So sad scrolling through these comments. So many stupid, racist people with too much time on their hands. I can only imagine you are retired or unemployed, collecting government checks and sitting around complaining about the government. If only your time was spent on something worthwhile rather than trolling the internet to spew hatred. I'm so thankful for President Obama and so sorry he has to represent you idiots.

    July 30, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  264. Tyler Selph

    Correct me if I'm wrong but aren't all humans related in some way? What a stupid report.

    July 30, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  265. Obamalies

    Last year he went to Ireland to find his roots. Maybe he should do his job instead of tracing his history! Oh wait he just played another round of golf.

    July 30, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  266. cul8rv8

    Joseph Shumway is a professional Geneologist, but hasn't updated his information with the Shumway Family Geneology website? I'm disappointed... Interesting to know a very distant cousin found this information, though. Not sure what it really means to me, but interesting all the same.

    July 30, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  267. Ron Frey

    AND ? SO WHAT ??
    THIS IS NOT NEWS.

    July 30, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  268. joe

    Slaves lie a lot Don't they.....
    .
    Obama Promised In 2008 He Would Not Run Negative Ads

    President Obama has taken heat for the negativity of his 2012 campaign. In an April 2008 speech, Obama promised to not run negative ads saying it “was a different time” that required “a different kind of campaign.” He later ran many negative ads against John McCain. .

    July 30, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  269. joe

    Obama Promised In 2008 He Would Not Run Negative Ads

    President Obama has taken heat for the negativity of his 2012 campaign. In an April 2008 speech, Obama promised to not run negative ads saying it “was a different time” that required “a different kind of campaign.” He later ran many negative ads against John McCain.

    July 30, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  270. Lee

    Since when was 1640 considered "Revolutionary Virginia"? They use that term (revolutionary) six times in the article, all talking about the same general time period – more than a century before the Revolution. How about we let someone who knows something about history write the next article CNN, ok? And let's go ahead and change that to "Colonial" while we're at it.

    July 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  271. Bill S

    I've come to realize America wasn't ready for a Guy like Obama to be president. WHY. All have issues with race and the Progressive/Democratic and Republicans all have issues. At times, When progressives can't defend a position, the race card always comes up, the name call, Coexist? please...that one makes me laugh. One thing, being a Democrat, I'm not a progressive, there is a difference between being a Democrat and a progressive, I still love my country, and beleive in the law, if it needes to be changed, don't by pass the process as set to change it.

    July 30, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  272. jon

    This is nothing to brag about. Tribes in Africa that had undesirables would contact the white slavers and say come get these people so we don't have to put up with them anymore. That is how white people were able to find black people in africa in the first place, and take them from the village without all the other black people raising a hand. It was just the blacks getting rid of people they didn't want. And of course someone is gonna say I'm racist for telling the truth.

    July 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  273. Notarichboy

    Next he will be linked to the first know gay person and then the first known person to be put on food stamps and then the first know person to be on unemployment etc... Talk about someone over reaching to try to connect with people!

    July 30, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  274. dwp19542004

    then the boy should still be one

    July 30, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  275. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    PANDER !!!

    July 30, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
    • solex

      Texas is a state. NOT a republic – Hasn't been in over 150 years.

      July 30, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
  276. Thomas

    That is so awome how a family started out building america and the family contimues too.

    July 30, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  277. Thor

    Wow! Obama knows who his father was! That is incredible!

    July 30, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • wondering

      yea he just forgot where he was born

      July 30, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  278. Riazzo

    OH Geesee CNN. ALL African Americans are related to the first slaves that arrived. DAHHHHH! aint nothing special about obama!

    July 30, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  279. Odrama

    Lets get as many votes as possible!

    July 30, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  280. dentate

    OK, explain then how the son of an African slave just integrated himself right into white English Colonial society in the mid 17th century. Come now. One named Bunch, the other Punch–so they must be related? That's IT? That's your evidence?

    This is obviously timed and carried out to distract from the fact that Obama's white ancestors were actually slave OWNERS. He himself has NO link to African American slavery or the decades of oppression that followed, other than by marriage. He is a BINO.

    July 30, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  281. Sivick

    Once again republicans prove that racism is still alive and well even in the 21st century. How sad.

    July 30, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  282. Mona

    I scrolled down & looked at a couple of these comments, ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR FREAKIN MINDS? OMG! An innocent
    article about Pres.Obama's past history & you idiot jerks come out of the woodwork? Go back where you belong, in
    nothingland.....most of you make me ill. Scheesh!

    July 30, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  283. TBerry

    Why is my comment still awaiting moderation almost 3 hours later?

    July 30, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  284. rudyG

    nervous about the Black vote, eh CNN???

    July 30, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
    • anoel2005

      CNN worries that the 23 million people who are looking for work will probably vote for Romney.

      July 30, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
      • Susan

        And then it will be 46 million people looking for work. Romney is a corporate hatchet man who doesn't care about the unemployed.

        July 30, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
  285. Ignore-these-Night-Patrollers

    You mention President Obama & these racist nut-jobs get cranked-up. I find genealogy fascinating and the fact that they could go that far back is no small accomplishment. Kudos to Ancestry.com for the same research they've done on other Presidents of the United States and First Ladies. Like it was news that Barbara Bush is related to former President Franklin Pierce. Now, I couldn't give a flying fig who she's related to but I still read about it . However, I wish I could erase from my memory whose she's currently married to and the retarded spawn that crept out of her womb and by doing so fulfilled the prophecy of the coming of the Anti-Christ. Folks, you need to stop racial hating it's not a good look.

    July 30, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  286. Common Sense

    Aren't we all have roots from sub saharan africa ???

    July 30, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  287. SaveOurCountry

    I'm sure tomorrow headlines will tell us it was actually Obama who first took steps on the Moon! This country deserves better. Thank God (yes God Obama) I didn't drink the Koolaid. Why don't you ask Obama what the capital of Jerusalem is? Cat got your tongue?

    July 30, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  288. Sortakinda

    So is every white American, Eskimo, Asian, Australian Aborigine–through Adam and Eve. And if he wasn't a slave, he would have invented the airplane, ice cream and the internet.

    July 30, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • anoel2005

      now, now, now....you know Al Gore says he invented the internet. LOL.

      July 30, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
  289. MrUniteUs

    Ancestry,com is in Utah.
    Could be this an attempt to dillute the President's maternal anglo saxon and Irish heritage in hopes
    of benefitting Romney. His Grandmother's family came hear in 1850.

    July 30, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  290. Bruce, NJ

    After 300 years, we're all probably *somehow* related to the first slave...

    July 30, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  291. Vad

    Obama is multi racial. Hence that must mean he can be whatever he wants on any given day. If he wants to feel discriminated against he can claim he is black. If he feels like being a rich privlidged 1% er, then he can claim he is white. His skin is such that he could also pass for hispanic, or as CNN would say "white hispanic or he could be Arabic. Maybe he could make up a racial wheel, spin it and be that race for a day. If you think my post is a joke, IT IS!!! Problem is, so is race relations in this country. We are so divided we don't even know what we are anymore. Sad!

    July 30, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  292. Alyarby

    Good grief - how low can CNN sink? Ya think this is pandering a tad, ya think?

    July 30, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  293. Chuy

    CoNN news ONCE AGAIN delivers up the truly DESPERATE and UTTERLY RIDICULOUS fairy tale! The kind of desperation displayed in that article requires the attention of a licensed Psychiatrist.

    July 30, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  294. Paul

    Has anyone bothered to notice that the research was verified by Ancestry.com? The Mormon church is heavily invovled in them

    July 30, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  295. KJ

    "......shows the first indentured African American servant is an ancestor of President Obama's mother." Um........Obamas mother is white....

    July 30, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  296. looking at fools words

    looking at all this racist commentary referring to ones skin tone, just helps re-affirm why we have become the world's police force, everyone hates the police.

    July 30, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  297. CDN

    This is all too funny. Who cares if the pres is black or white. The question is...who is his father? I suggest looking at this , main stream media won't cover it. Frank Marshall Davis is mentioned in his book as a friend of his grandfather, and a known communist who took nude photos of Anne Dunham. Check it out.

    http://www.obamasrealfather.com/

    July 30, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  298. Yawn

    I'm sure they will find that Jesus was also related.

    July 30, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  299. toy machine

    Even more breaking news, besides being related to the first slave in the Americas, Obama is also related to George Washington, Napoleon, Alexander the Great, and wait for it.......... JESUS FEAKIN' CHRIST HIMSELF!!!!!!

    July 30, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  300. Bob

    Obama is a product of "as white as it gets" America. It's a joke. Everything about this guys background is white. His values, the way he was raised, ect....

    July 30, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  301. anoel2005

    the next thing we'll hear about Obama is that he's decendent from an African Jew somewhere on his fathers side. That will help sure up the Jewish vote . LOL

    July 30, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  302. PeterD

    Listen my White Brothers and Sisters, even if 100% Egroes comes out for vote then also let us all make a pledge that we are going to come out in double triple and retake our White House and let us purify our white house from black voodoo magic.

    July 30, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      ....Yawn....

      July 30, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • solex

      Don't you ever get tired of being a stooge for rich people?

      July 30, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        So how rich are Bill and Hilary now? Compared to befpre.... And Barack and Michelle???? Hmmmm

        July 30, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
  303. slim

    and this is news how? The fact the man is 1/2 black does not make him a leader. CNN and these loser continue to make it about his color, when the sad fact is he is a poor excuse for a leader.

    July 30, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
  304. Not my fault

    I had my family tree traced back to Adam and Eve.........................................

    July 30, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  305. Robert

    I can't believe how far Obama will reach in depsaration to get votes. This "Hey, I'm a success story because I'm related to not only a slave, but the first slave" pitch smacks of desparation. If you go back far enough I can say that I'm related to George Washinton, Napeolian, Churchill, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Abraham, Moses, Muhammad, Robert E. Lee, John Wayne, Abe Lincoln, etc, etc, etc... and you know why? because Adam was the common ancestory of all.

    July 30, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  306. puma girl

    Really. This type of crap, we don't need to hear. It stinks of desperation to the lower end un-educated Blacks. Like "We be Brothers".

    The more I hear of this lame "vote for me" because I am one of you, the less I want to vote. I have never seen more reports making Barack seem so desperate and un-Presidential. Geez.. Enough already.

    Why can't the Obama camp talk about issues that we really care about ?

    What difference would it make if Obama claimed he was a descendant of Adam (and Eve). According to him, our success if not ours. So by the same token, he should really credit Adam as his ancestor.

    This really is a bunch of crap news.

    WHERE ARE THE JOBS !!!!! People out there are out of jobs. Their homes are being foreclosed. They have trouble jugglilng their limited pay check. Why doesn't the news media report (or spin as the case most likely will be) how the economy will be turned around? Is Obama going to part the waters again this election ???

    July 30, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  307. Shaman

    Just one more ploy for votes. As far as I'm concerned, all of this is still conjecture.

    July 30, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  308. Gary

    How ironic. President Obama is descended from slave owners. Of course, most of us probably are descended from both slaves and slave owners. If you go back 470+ years, that's 19 generations at 24 years each, which yields over 500,000 ancestors. There's probably a little diversity in all of us.

    July 30, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  309. lauradet

    I guess this shows how much African blood flows through the veins of white America. : )

    July 30, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
    • anoel2005

      sounds as if we could sell you swamp land.

      you're that gullible ??

      July 30, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
      • Susan

        The researchers documented it through records and DNA.

        July 30, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
    • Martha

      This "relative" is from Obama's mother's side of the family. He was white. It may surprise you but most indentured servants in colonial times were also Anglo-Saxon.

      July 30, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
    • jean2009

      Frankly folks, all our ancestors came out of Africa and were black. Hasn't anyone here studied evolution, the effects of sunlight on melanin, or vitamin D and sunlight?

      July 30, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
      • Steveo

        Long time no hear Jean! I hope your well. Yes, Africa was the birth place and No, evolution had NOTHING to do with it!

        July 30, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
      • jean2009

        Steveo...sorry but you are wrong.....suggested reading:

        "Journal of Human Evolution" by Nina Jablonski
        and online you can find -"The Biology of Skin Color, Black & White" "the evolution of race was as simple as the polotics of race is complex." by Gina Kirchweger.

        I will be okay, life has handed me a few curve balls over the period of the last several weeks, but I will survive. Thanks for asking.

        July 30, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
      • jean2009

        sorry "politics".

        July 30, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
      • Steveo

        See Jean? I 'm not ALL bad! We just have simple disagreements about politics, religion, fashion, movies, music, the arts, education, television, history, cars, technology, medicine, geography, numerology, ergonomics, you get my point! :)

        July 31, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
      • Steveo

        Sorry Jean...you're wrong. Suggested reading.... THE BIBLE!

        July 31, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
  310. bribarian

    lol what a joke

    July 30, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  311. Antoni Zukowski

    You know that those 500 hours were well spent when you reach a headline-grabbing conclusion that is merely a wild hypothesis based on the most circumstantial evidence.
    "Shumway found evidence that the family that owned the slave John Punch married and lived for generations with members of the Bunch family" – leads one to conclude that the owners of the said Punch and Bunch family are related. Really?
    CNN and its "journalists" at this point are irrelevant.

    July 30, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  312. Edbees

    "1640 population counts show there were only 150 Africans living in revolutionary Virginia" Breaking news,Virginia in 1640 wasnt "revolutionary Virginia" you twit!!!!!!!!! The American Revolution didnt happen until 1775 thats 135 years in the future. Epic fail CNN.

    July 30, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  313. Tom

    Ha. Trace his ancestry to the first slave? That's nothing. I can trace my ancestry to Adam. Next thing you know, Obama and the media will be claiming he's Adam's fathe......oh, wait.....haven't they already tried that?

    July 30, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  314. dmta

    It's like Saddam Hussein tracing his family tree all the way back to Mohammad! Interesting how like-minded people think!

    July 30, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  315. wondering

    I that why he is trying to make slaves out of the people of the United States?

    July 30, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  316. wondering

    always heard there was one in the wood pile

    July 30, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  317. Stella

    I don't believe this for a minute and who cares?

    July 30, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • puma girl

      I think CNN thinks that they are the elite know all news station and we are all just a bunch of ignorant fools that they can feel free to feed us crap and we will repeat like gospel truth to other lemmings.

      I am getting seriously insulted. They need to pick and choose what crap they put out. Crap like this just makes you want to either laugh or be infuriated at the stupidity and insultt.

      July 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • noteaparty4me

      I am loving reading this story about America;s first black President. And now when I say black, I mean black, through and thrrogh, on both sides. Rush LImbaugh will not sleep tonight. President Obama's mother being white was the only lifeline that helped most racists hold it together these past 4 years. The next 4 years after he is reelected will take them out. I am humming Hail the the Chief as I type! Way ot go O' in 2012.!

      July 30, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
  318. jimzcarz

    Had to go there didn't ya.
    I on the other hand am a Direct descendant of the Wright Brothers. I will be adding a surcharge for all your future flights. Cuz' if it weren't, for my Great,Great Uncle's you'd all still be on the ground..I think I installed enough Greats.They were my Grandma's great Uncles

    July 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  319. wondering

    I suppose if you did far enough he is kin to Adam and Eve

    July 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  320. puma girl

    I think Ancestry.com can now be officially considered a mumbo jumbo crap business.
    They just did themselves a dis-favor by spewing such uncollaborated nonsense.
    Is this their way of getting their website out there ? Business a bit slow ?
    Below is what they said... they cobbled together from "clues". Now they will have a movie about
    Barack Hussein Obama from when he was a little seed in the Sub-Saharan Desert of Africa...
    The little seed grew up to be the faux president.

    "Yet the greatest obstacle was the volume of records that had been lost or destroyed over the last three hundred plus years. The researchers had to use clues to cobble together some of the facts."

    July 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  321. wondering

    I'll bet he invented the internet. lol

    July 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  322. Tom

    Ha. Trace his ancestry to the first slave? That's nothing. I can trace my ancestry to Adam. Next thing you know, Obama and the media will be claiming he's Adam's fath ...... oh, wait ..... haven't they already tried that?

    July 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  323. wondering

    just for the record i don't care who he is related to, i don't like him

    July 30, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  324. wondering

    that's why we have global warming, everyone is showing their love for obama

    July 30, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  325. sommarfarare

    As a Swedish genealogist, this not serious ancestry research. Ancestry.com has just lost all credibility.

    July 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  326. Lorne

    OMG.....next they'll say Romneys ancestors 1st slave owner. Give me a break!

    July 30, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  327. Ramon

    Don't they mean COLONIAL Virginia??? WHat on earth is "revolutionary Virginia" The first African came in 1619... 150 years before anyone talked about "revolution"

    July 30, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  328. Name*k

    Anything for a vote

    July 30, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  329. Scott Williams

    why is this news?

    July 30, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  330. Name*k

    You go boy!!!!

    July 30, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  331. wondering

    Chick-fil-A FOR EVERYONE ON THE CNN STAFF

    July 30, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  332. Grasping at straws, are they?

    "gleaned" every possible clue and came to the conclusion... All of the surviving evidence we studied very strongly points to conclusion John Bunch is the son of John Punch," said Shumway."

    It's still nothing but 350-year-old guesswork.

    July 30, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  333. ManTex

    Pleeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaasssssssssssseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    July 30, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  334. noteaparty4me

    Just the fact that it is on his lily white momma's side has me roflma off at the "not first black" President crew. Morgan Freenan, Rick Santorum, and the like, "holla at me"!

    July 30, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
  335. SugarKube

    Obama keeps millions of poor Americans in slavery with welfare.

    July 30, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
  336. DirtyHeat

    Obama isn't black hes a white african american. Kind of like how George Zimmermann is a white hispanic.

    July 30, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
  337. government cheese

    Kenyans captured and sold slaves. Obama is not down with the brothers.

    July 30, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
  338. YankI95north

    Nothing more than election year politics.Probably good for 500K votes from the nieve in November. Say Goodnight.

    July 30, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
  339. bobntx

    Another propoganda moment brought to you by the mainstream media.....wake up sheeple

    July 30, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
  340. Charlie B

    Who the hell cares, maybe we should ship his slave ass back to Africa. Hey I like that idea wonder if I can get enough people to back it ?

    July 30, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
  341. Dave NY USA

    Who does this idiot think he is fooling?
    He pitches a phuqing fit when asked about a birth record, but without ANY DOUBT, he knows he comes from the first slave here?
    Ancestry.com may be decent, but from personal experience, there is NO WAY they know this, PERIOD.

    July 30, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
    • Cheryl

      Which idiot are you talking about? You mean the one who is trying to get around the censors by spelling the F word with a q?

      Oh wait, that's you. Racist asshole.

      July 30, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • Susan

      Historical records and DNA prove it.

      July 30, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
  342. Liz

    His mother's family is descended from the first slave? Isn't that just too remarkable of a coincidence to be true? If I remember history, anyone with a speck of black blood was considered black. They were totally separated/shunned from white society and married other blacks. Anyone see "Show Boat"? That's exactly how it was. So when did the family make the transition to the white race?

    July 30, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
  343. anoel2005

    CNN news flash : Ancestry.com can successfully trace Obama's roots to anyone's family. LOL

    July 30, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
  344. Elvis

    This is complete rubish. Totally contrived.

    July 30, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
  345. EricMD

    So, we're supposed to feel sorry for him and vote for him? Please. CNN=Obama campaign headquarters.

    July 30, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
  346. luckjoe

    Who cares, he still needs his a$$ kicked out of office.

    July 30, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • Meki60

      100% correct

      July 30, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
  347. Martha

    Ironic that he now treats Americans as his slaves.

    July 30, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
  348. Meki60

    I'm sure Obama was a slave to the first slave since he was muslim

    July 30, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
  349. libertyman

    the lengths this scumbag will go to in the pursuit of the black vote. too bad the blacks have also realized he is a traitor and needs to go.

    July 30, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
  350. Atul Chaudhary

    I am related to Adam.

    July 30, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
    • Kathleen Farrell

      That makes for a simple family tree when his son's mother and grandmother are one in the same.

      July 30, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
  351. Atul Chaudhary

    Now America is his slave.

    July 30, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
    • obamahastogo

      Not

      July 30, 2012 at 9:28 pm |
  352. Richard Bunch

    I am happy to have Mr. Obama as a member of my family. Anyone who has a problem with it needs to get over it.
    Welcome. We are all brothers.

    July 30, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
  353. Cheryl

    What a large bunch of idiots.

    July 30, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
    • Richard Bunch

      Who do you define as "idiots"? I do not want to assume the wrong conclusion. Best regards.

      July 31, 2012 at 8:39 am |
  354. Um

    We all are. Whether you believe the Bible (Adam & Eve the first humans) or Science, or both, we all are related one way or another.

    July 30, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
  355. TJofTampa

    You voted for Obama in 2008 to prove you're not a Racist.

    Now vote against Obama in 2012 to prove you're NOT Stupid.

    July 30, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
  356. sherman the bedouin

    "...cobbling together facts..." hmmm

    July 30, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
  357. Bruning von Stauffen

    So what? Who cares if he's related to the 1st slave or the 1st alien to land at Roswell. What bearing does this have on the job he's supposed to be doing....upholding the laws of this country & the Constitution. Start doing either of those & it'll be newsworthy.

    July 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
  358. justgottalaugh

    What does this have to do with the economy and loss of jobs and taxes? Sounds like another tactic to make people ignore the issues. CNN and the other news agencies should be ashamed that they call this news. Next they are going to report that there is evidence that our President is also a direct discendant of Jesus Christ and can trace his lineage back to Mary. Then it will be Allah. Report what is really news.

    July 30, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
  359. Getthisstraight

    If this ancestor came over as an indentured servant who was sentenced to a life of slavery after an unsuccessful escape attempt; would this not make him a criminal since he tried to weasel out his contract to work off the cost of his passage to the new world? He then would not be the first slave or the the first African-American since he came to the new world and was not born here. This would make him the first African Criminal, would it not? Not born here, not a slave, gee CNN I think more research is required.

    July 30, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
  360. Montello

    That's just about as important as Mark Twain being my 8th cousin, 4 times removed. In other words, so what?

    July 30, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
  361. d

    Puh leeze.

    Now Obama's white ancestors had a black ancestor. He is Penelope from SNL. Always trying to one-up everybody. Lemme try:

    I have four black ancestors sooooooo, and they were slaves before his ancestors sooooooooo, I have more connection to slavery than Obama sooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

    July 30, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
  362. History(in the)Buff

    "For instance, in 1640 population counts show there were only 150 Africans living in revolutionary Virginia"

    Sorry, 1640 is NOT revolutionary Virginia. Missed by more than a century. Doesn't anyone study history anymore/

    July 30, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
  363. sunsudo

    we can trace him back to the first slave but it takes him over two years to find his birth certificate??? Just how desperate are the libtards

    July 30, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
  364. jj

    Ahh...sorry Toby...but Cal usa is right...on both counts. I'm white by the way.

    July 30, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
    • Angus

      Hi jj, You are also CAL USA.

      July 30, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
  365. Mark

    And because of this type of issue the media propelled Obama's non productive political record into stardom!

    July 30, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
  366. Peikovianyii

    When the Dear Leader was born, all the birds sang.

    July 30, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
  367. alan

    The baboon also lives in a tree. Now it all makes perfect sense to me why Michelle looks like a Baboon

    July 30, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
  368. PhillySW

    Funny how all of the people that want to say, don't forget Pres Obama is black, are the same people that never pointed out that the choices America has ever had for electing a president is being white... But that's different though, huh? You guys are the pot calling the kettle black.

    You put certain racial standards in this country that are uneven, and then you have the audacity to act like minorities are playing the race card when it mimics what white people have been doing for centuries in this country, and still do.

    This story is significant, unknowing to some of you, because Pres Obama IS the 1st AA pres., who is related to the 1st generation of african slaves in the US. It is important because it illuminates a dark past, and pres history of the US, which is racial indifference and tolerance in this country, when it comes to fitting in, and progressing socially.

    Yeah, we have a black president, but how long did it take to have another choice instead of the same old rich white guys running? That's the point. Everything at the top of this country, from corporations, to the govt. has always had a white face running. Only recently until now have we started to see some diversity.

    The new america some people are afraid to see happen.

    July 30, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
    • JoSchimmel

      I am so impressed that Obama not only is the First African American President but his geneology can be traced back to such an early time in history. What a wonderful story. I guess there are still people who resent an African American becoming "equal" to white people and they just have to sling a little mud to make themselves feel better. If they knew the process for discovering ancestry lineage they probably would still be feeling inadequate and mean spirited. I find everyone of them disgusting in their comments.

      July 31, 2012 at 10:29 pm |
  369. KWS

    OK, so he's REALLY and American, and he's also REALLY black.

    I'm so relieved!

    July 30, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      ...You just wet your pants??

      July 30, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
  370. leftywriteagain

    I cant wait to read the posts,after the elections. Four more years.

    July 30, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
  371. Bill in STL

    Frankly I find this information very interesting.... not to re;evant to what is going on... but very interesting.....

    July 30, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
  372. Dan

    Interesting article. The comments are for the most part, hate-filled, bigotted and ignorant. ( I know: so what else is new.)

    July 30, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • imagine

      I agree-I am waiting for Rush Limbaugh to chime in any second.

      July 31, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
  373. MtotheG

    Hahahahahahahaha. This is absurd.

    The key phrase is in the first sentence: MAY BE RELATED

    He may be related to Evil Kinevil. Lol.

    Nice little press release/PR move from anscestry.com.

    July 30, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
  374. bcinwi

    whats next is he gonna request reparations? We came over gave you safe passage here, gave you jobs, shelter and food but yet were the bad people.

    July 30, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
  375. David Botts

    "For instance, in 1640 population counts show there were only 150 Africans living in revolutionary Virginia."

    Really? In 1640 there was no revolutionary Virginia and when there was a revolutionary Virginia over a century later the black population was in excess of 150. The story is sloppy, and so I suspect the research. No DNA test can substantiate this story nor is there a paper trail that can substantiate this story. Are there "white" families that contain "subSaharan" DNA. Certainly – because the first kid in the cradle of mankind was a subSaharan all "whites" have "subSaharan" DNA . Are there "black" families with "white" DNA. Certainly – because DNA testing is turning up "white" DNA in a majority of "blacks" tested. All this proves is that all of mankind is closely related. But it would be a stretch to say Obama is related as described in this story lacking definitive evidence.

    July 30, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
  376. orlop

    He is white, he is black, he is the ancestors of Jews ( maybe he is related to Moses ), now he is related to the first American slave. I don't care about any of these things ( nor do I believe the ancestry bit ). The only thing I care about is the one thing he is not...an effective president that brings about positive results and enforces the rule of law as congress has written them.

    July 30, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
  377. blah

    really? was this neccessary? he already has the black vote no matter what, did he really need to throw this out there.

    July 30, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
  378. Wraycyst Uhmerikwan

    CNN counts on the gullability of the vast majority of morons who make up the population of the late great US of A nowadays when they run articles like this one which is probably based on nothing more than wishful thinking and conjecture.

    July 30, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
  379. dscon

    wow the great token is now part slave.
    better really watch you step there causians.
    keep pulling the short straw MSM.

    July 30, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
  380. BillZ

    Nothing else out of the Obama camp has been true. Why are we to believe this meaningless trivia is true. Maybe it was Obama's imaginary friend that can trace his lineage back that far.

    July 30, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
  381. MCFx

    Some of you are ALL upset that there is Anti-Obama sentiment here on such a simple article. What your not seeing is the bigger picture. There's outrage that President Obama is argueably the worst president in history (Economy, healthcare law, no budget, record deficit, record unemployment, ZERO leadership, Gitmo still open, two wars still going, broken promises, record high division) and here CNN does articles in lineage. Do a quick search on CNN's front page. "Obama" two hits: Both Positive: 1) about historical tie to 1st African slave. 2) Ehud Barak sings praises of O. Admin. "Romney" 5 hits: 3 negative 2 neutral: 1) Called a "racist"...but from the Palestinians??? who cares!!! 2) "Palestinians blast Romney"...again...who cares about those terrorists? 3) "shrugs off 'wimp' question...who cares what the Liberal British papers say about a candidate. They invented the Enquirer style headlines. Where are the articles on the Economy the war in Afghanistan, Gitmo????

    July 30, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
  382. Al

    That's called inbreeding.

    July 30, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
  383. James Krowe

    I would have believed this if they had claimed a connection to Ateles Fusciceps instead of the slave B S.

    July 30, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
  384. Steveo

    Stop tracing me back to my wallet!!!

    July 30, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
  385. john f clinton

    next he will be related to martin luther king and give a freedom to work and steall money speech make it a tax say the cracker man didn't give him enough table scraps after his cotton adventure and blame it all on his kukukran book.

    July 30, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
  386. Libs are hilarious

    This article is quite interesting. How can CNN back up this claim that the Teleprompter in chief is related to the first documented slave in America. How can this be? Obama has never shown documentation that he is an American. A certificate of live birth IS NOT the same as a birth certificate. He has neither shown his college transcripts nor his foreign student scholarship application to Occidental College where he listed Kenya as his birth place. This article provides nothing but evidence that CNN is less credible than the National Enquirer.

    July 30, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
  387. James

    I cannot believe CNN still prints this continued perpetuation of racism but sadly this is how they keep all the sheep occupied and distracted. There is still slavery today anyway, maybe not by exact definition here in our counrty but just ask the rich celebrities that live in SoCal., and there definitly is slavery in other countries by definition. We still continue to let ourselves be seperated by color, black and white, which does not even describe anyone's skin color truley, I am kind of pinkish, olive and sometimes depending on the time of year very light brown but I still have to check the white box. As long as everyone keeps buying into this propaganda, this nation will go nowhere which we are cruising down that road as I write this.

    July 30, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
  388. tn5rr2012

    I help people start their family trees which has always been a hobby of mine. Most people cannot afford to hire a genealogist such as our president. For $5 I will go back 4 generations from your grandparents. Come on over check my gig out, see my 100% feedback and drop me a message if you have questions. http://fiverr.com/tn5rr2012

    July 30, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
  389. orlop

    What a dumb article. " President Barack Obama may be related to the first documented African slave in revolutionary America." John Punch was in Jamestown in 1619 not during the revolution.

    July 30, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
  390. john f clinton

    yay

    July 30, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
  391. Frank Marshall Davis

    How much stimulus money did Ancestry.com get?

    July 30, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
  392. fofa

    CNN forgot to mention that the owner of Ancestry.com is a Mormon....they did say it on TV but I guess not important here.

    July 30, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
  393. Steveo

    @tinisha,
    Anybody here can tell you that I often spell pretty badly at times. You know what I found out?

    THIS IS NOT AN SAT TEST!

    July 30, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
    • tinisha

      Im just saying if people want to act like they are better than others because they are republican, liberal or whatever they need to make a statement that others can actually comprehend. I try to make sure that if I am trying to make a point that I make is in a way that is readable and easily understandable. No its not a SAT test, but it annoys me when some trys to be holy than though and they cannot even construct a readable sentence.

      July 30, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
      • Steveo

        Is it acting better or just sharing differing political thought!? You're telling me YOU did not understand the post you responded to?

        July 30, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
  394. tinisha

    People think about it. If your family originated in America back when Columbus stole this land from the Indians I would find it hard to believe that a large portion of this country is purley white or any other race. The races have been mixing for years. Yes a person that thinks that they are purely white can have african blood running through their veins, or any other race for that matter. All of this is silly bickering that is going on is irrelevant. We are all related in some way or another and we all need to come together as a country and work for the betterment of us all not matter if your black, white, green or purple.

    July 30, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
  395. CDN

    This is a joke. Obama's real father is Frank Marshall Davis. Look it up.

    July 30, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
  396. MattyBoy

    Adam and Eve is a fairy tale. So is trickle down economics. So is liberal media.
    Some of you should grow a pair, get some self esteem and then try to show how mature you can be as opposed to mindless sheep who believe a giant in the sky chose white people and hates the poor. I doubt very much you lead fulfilling lives.

    July 30, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
    • Frank Marshall Davis

      You mean like you follow the myth that Obama is the flawless messiah?

      July 31, 2012 at 5:51 am |
  397. dontbow

    His family tree is also tied to the biggest mistake in American history> his presidency.

    July 30, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
  398. if it looks like a Zombie ...then chances are ....it is.

    I can hear the Tea-conservatives say that proves he (and his kind) was not born in america. Morgan Freeman said he still isn't the first black president since one of his parents wasn't.

    July 30, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
  399. if it looks like a Zombie ...then chances are ....it is.

    I know he and I share the same pain of being treated like slaves at the hands of a republican congress! bunch of silly clown-children who I plan to vote out!

    July 30, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
  400. Jim

    Interesting that Ancestry.com is affiliated with the Mormon Church. Also interesting is the fact that it would be virtually impossible to determine who, exactly, the first slave actually was since back then slaves were listed as property and not as persons.

    July 30, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
  401. obamahastogo

    I'm sure the cnn sheep are eating this bs up.

    July 30, 2012 at 9:26 pm |
  402. woody

    Y is this news? CNN must be hurting for news.

    July 30, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
  403. mark b

    Did the documents turn up like his birth certificate did? The same place make them? were they dated correctly? Really?

    Give Me A Break......

    July 30, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
  404. ERAN EATON

    why is everybody so concern about the president,who is in his family,who he is related to,instead of talking about importance of the world,(GOD MADE ALL OF US)IS IT THE COLOR OF HIS SKIN,EVERYBODY KNOW WHATS GOING ON,

    July 30, 2012 at 10:53 pm |
  405. Marquise

    It is amazing that those who read the article overlooked the fact that the first slaves were both Black and White. Many poor Whites were enslaved by the Capitalists (job creators) that many worship today. During slavery every Black and poor White had a job with no wages. Wake up!

    July 30, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
  406. kb

    I'm directly kin to the bunches and is my direct grandfathers. I'm white and obama's mom is white. Bunches didn't come from Africa. They need to get their facts straight.

    July 31, 2012 at 12:40 am |
    • Richard Bunch

      Ms Elsie, "Grandmother" would roll over in her grave but the excerise would probably do her good. By the way, which one of the little bigots are you?

      July 31, 2012 at 8:09 am |
  407. LtBonzai

    Why would they go to so much trouble with research when they could have just asked John McCain?

    July 31, 2012 at 1:49 am |
  408. bymagick@sbcglobal.net

    Whatever twit wrote this piece. AHEM, an indentured servant is NOT a slave. Indentured servants could buy themselves out of the job. Slaves never had that option. If you're gonna publish "historical" pieces at least have them written by some one who understands history not some educated twit.

    July 31, 2012 at 1:52 am |
    • lesajansen

      thank you for writing. I believe John Punch was characterized as "an indentured servant who was sentenced to slavery for life after an unsucccessful escape attempt in pre-revolutionary Virginia. "

      July 31, 2012 at 7:41 am |
    • Montykoolaid

      Ouch.

      July 31, 2012 at 8:39 am |
  409. LaTisha

    Wow. What a sad attempt to relate to African Americans. Barack Obama, you are disconnected and out of touch, and CNN... why you would report a story like this (border line nonsense) is beyond me. Who cares about Obama's family tree? CNN. You're reporting this in an attempt to help solidity Obama's standing in the black community. It's obvious, it's blatant, it is pathetic. How about some real news?

    July 31, 2012 at 4:24 am |
  410. shameless

    Wow–not just descended from slaves–but "The First Slave"–you must be kidding–whats next his Grandmother is a direct descendant of who?–Abraham, Mohammed, Buddha, Jesus?

    July 31, 2012 at 7:47 am |
  411. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    Obama's family tree connected to first African-American slave

    So...
    1st slave to President...

    ONLY IN AMERICA

    So...
    Can we now abolish The Congressional BLACK Caucus

    July 31, 2012 at 7:56 am |
  412. David Dore

    If this is the best that Ancestry.com has, they are in sore need of recontruction. This Hack tied the Bunch Clan of Scotland (of the McIntyre’s) to a light skinned slave with the name Bonce. My genetic study says they are WRONG. The first Bunch arrived in Virgina in 1656 as Indentured Servant. He never owned Slaves or Indentured Servants! There is no record of the BUNCH family (of which my wife has cataloged over 9000 persons) ever having Slaves. My wife has been accumulating records over the last 10 years.
    For the record the ‘Bonces’ are part of the ‘Bruce’ family of Scotland.

    July 31, 2012 at 8:23 am |
  413. Montykoolaid

    I watched Fox News enlarge Obamas birth certificate to the size of a toddler and then spend hours pointing at it with a laser pointer.

    July 31, 2012 at 8:37 am |
  414. Military vet

    The article is simply about history, has nothing to do with the Presidents election team. As a Christian nation we screwed up in the beginning and allowed slavery. Between 620,000 and 750,000 died during the Civil War to end that mistake. Still took another 100 years to recognize the civil rights of people of color. But by the looks of some of the comments here, we still have people who are racist. God must be slapping his forehead and wondering what other message he can send to get people to act like Christians and stop acting like idiots.

    July 31, 2012 at 8:43 am |
  415. Hamlet

    The other side of his family tree relates him to Colonel Sanders

    July 31, 2012 at 9:28 am |
  416. judy

    artical tells me that our president can trace his ansestory back farther than most of us and is a true American. His ancestors have been on American soil longer than some. Whats wrong with you guys? He is black and white Irish and African so what? He is also smart articulate and cares about the average person. Thats why I voted for him Plus he is a good dad and husband, Values we need to see more of. Oh and he is a christian too born in the USA. Forward.

    July 31, 2012 at 10:28 am |
    • Steveo

      Christians DO NOT there are many paths to heaven. Obama stated he believes they are many paths, Oprah said the same, even GW Bush stated likewise. THIS is what Christians believe:

      John 14:6
      Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

      July 31, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
      • Steveo

        **DO NOT BELIEVE***

        July 31, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
      • Frank Marshall Davis

        judy only believes anything positive about Obama, if anything even remotely negative is reported she blocks that out and considers it heresy. In her mind it is impossible to even question anything regarding Obama, he's absolutely flawless and that's that. Obama is her religion and cannot be questioned. A brick wall is more open to logic and reason than she is. Save your breath Steveo.

        July 31, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
      • Steveo

        @Frank MD,

        Understood Frank but, you never know which word, sentence or paragraph wakes her up!

        July 31, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
  417. Fred

    Doesn't Obama's lineage go back to Jesus? Or was it Adam?

    July 31, 2012 at 11:17 am |
  418. Ed R

    This Kook-aid is really poisoned. Basing their conclusions on far too many suppositions and assumptions (the name sounds similar) is irresponsible genealogy. I'm ashamed of Ancestry.com (I am a share-holder) for fostering this kind of baloney. While white male/black female couplings occurred frequently in colonial America (usually overseers and indentured males deprived of white female opportunities, as opposed to owners, couplings of black males with white females were rare and no way to hide the offspring in white households. Far too fanciful to credit this connection. As Mark Twain once said about an associates writings, "It should not be lightly tossed aside. It should be thrown forcibly."

    July 31, 2012 at 11:25 am |
  419. Steve Lyons

    When Obama proudly proclaimed "you didn't build that" he was projecting the reality that he himself could not be where he is today without the conspiracy of others to put him there.

    He certainly didn't get where he is on merit.

    The post turtle of the US.

    July 31, 2012 at 11:27 am |
  420. child of midian

    So they say they worked to find an African root in his Caucasian ancestry and decided this was close enough. If you read it closely, it's all circumstantial evidence, and poor at that. It's all, "well it could be this, that would lead to that which is likely this and then, BOOM, yep it's nearly, almost certain that we can possibly draw that conclusion."

    July 31, 2012 at 11:50 am |
  421. Steveo

    Knock, knock
    Who's there?
    The economy!
    The economy who?
    Exactly!

    July 31, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
  422. Erica Jambon

    "Joseph Shumway, an Ancestry.com genealogist, . . . was part of a team of four genealogists who say they worked more than 500 hours to establish the connection between Obama's family and that of John Punch, an indentured servant who was sentenced to a life of slavery after an unsuccessful escape attempt in colonial Virginia."

    Something is wrong with this story. An indentured servant is not a slave. There were indentured servants on the Mayflower – someone paid their passage to the new world and they were indentured to that person until the debt was paid off. So is that the case here, or does the writer not know the difference between slavery and indentured servitude? And if the story is correct, it just goes to show that Zero's family hasn't gotten any brighter with the passage of time.

    July 31, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
  423. John

    Get it? Harvard educated Obama was a SLAVE. We OWE him a second term.

    July 31, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  424. TrueGrissel

    Grasping for straws Obama, Ancestry.com has just proven it's a snake oil salesmen.

    OBAMA you've just proven to me your a stupid hambone, but better than Romney.

    July 31, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  425. TDiddy

    this is all so very racist!

    July 31, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
  426. jerry

    Oh...all I know is his father (I guess) was a Kenyan drunk who died in a drunken car crash....but with no real birth cert who really knows... how did they get a gene sample from obama? And, yes this first slave connection is not proven...like obama's birth place and father...oh my the hsam continues.

    July 31, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
    • CDN

      His father wasn't Kenyan. Look at the pictures. He looks nothing like him. http://www.obamasrealfather.com/

      August 1, 2012 at 12:57 am |
  427. UNIQUE

    All you idiots need to stop your crazy comments. Like it or not Blacks, white or whatever else you may want to refer to yourselves as, we are all one- one human race created in the image of the Almighty God.Guess what He will have the final say about everything. Give thanks to be apart of creation and stop hating each other, we cannot do anything about ourself. Can you give life? No, well allow the other man to live!

    July 31, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
  428. vowelmovement

    this article is pure hocum

    Indentured servitude refers to the historical practice of contracting to work for a fixed period of time, typically three to seven years, in exchange for transportation, food, clothing, lodging and other necessities during the term of indenture. Usually the father made the arrangements and signed the paperwork.[1] They included men and women; most were under the age of 21, and most became helpers on farms or house servants. They were not paid cash. It was a system that provided jobs and—most important—transportation for poor young people from the overcrowded labor markets (such as Europe) who wanted to come to labor-short areas (at first, principally America, later, other colonies), but had no money to pay for it. The great majority became farmers and farm wives.[

    July 31, 2012 at 9:25 pm |
  429. Don

    This is deeper than most folks think... and this new fact may really have a deep impact on our President. His outlook may be broadened even further than he may have imagined. Think about this:

    The man credited as our First Black President is actually a descendent of that nation's first Black slave – ON HIS white Mother's side. This is more deep than trivial.

    What would have an even deeper impact would be if M!tt R0mney is descended from the slave-owner who enslaved that first Black slave... that would actually be too much!

    August 1, 2012 at 11:37 am |
    • Steveo

      How is this anywhere close to being deep?

      August 1, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
  430. James B

    He has now been link to the first water scum to sprout arms and legs and walk out of the water.

    August 1, 2012 at 11:43 pm |
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  432. Quentin G

    Why does everything has to be about "race". I read the post after Gabby won the Olympics "Race"....The Dream Team wins "Race"...Obama is related to the 1st black slave "Race"....being a young African-American I read these racist posts and never knew how bad the "Race" issue was in America.

    August 3, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  433. Harold

    Personally, I think this research is rather spurious. Obama’s tree, via his mother, traces back to a Nathaniel Bunch (1793-1859). Nathaniel’s father was Charles Bunch (1765-1792). My own research indicates His ancestors were:

    Samuel Bunch (1726-1782), born in Virginia, married Mary Hudson
    John Bunch Jr (1690-1742) born in Virginia, married Rebecca Harrison
    John Bunch (1662-1729), born in Virginia, married Temperance Bates
    Thomas Bunce (1612-1682), born in England and died in CT, married Sarah Bull
    I haven’t found any supposed John Punch, who was an African slave anywhere in the mix.

    August 6, 2012 at 11:04 am |
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  436. Ex-Democrat

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