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    Tuesday, November 02, 2004

    Shaking the family (bush) tree 

    Jeanny House, President Bush's second cousin, is busy working the polls in her home town in Wisconsin today. She wants her cousin out of the White House.

    She appears to have company. House and seven other second cousins have a Web site - - touting their opposition to a Bush second term. They are all descendants of George W.'s great aunt, Mary Bush, who is the sister of Prescott Bush, who is the father of former President George Herbert Walker Bush.

    Here's House's story, as told to me in an e-mail:

    "Toward the end of last May, I went to see John Kerry at a rally in Green Bay, Wis. I was able to get quite close to the front, even though there were 2,000-3,000 people. When Kerry finished speaking, he worked the barricade line, shaking hands. When he came near me, I said, "Senator Kerry, there's something I want to tell you. George Bush is my second cousin, and I'm behind you all the way." He stopped, did a double take, and asked what the relationship was. I said that our grandparents were siblings. He said, "Wow, that's close." I said that many of my cousins felt the same way. He jokingly said, "Maybe we should start a 'Bush Relatives for Kerry' group." I gave him a card with my name and address, which he handed to an aide, and he moved on. I heard nothing from the Kerry campaign after that.

    "I told the story to my cousin, Sheila House. She told her sister, Hilary. Hilary loved it and immediately checked to see if the domain was available. It was. She asked us for testimonials and, a few weeks ago, the site went up."

    posted by Jim Kuhnhenn at 5:21 PM

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