Ireland Seeks to Claim Obama, Too

Sen. Barack Obama won wide attention when he visited his father's home country, Kenya. He could do something similar in Ireland. Researchers from Ancestry.com say Obama's American mother had ancestors there. So the man seeking to become the first black U.S. president could also pose as an Irish-American president. It brings to mind the New York mayor who had so many ethnic connections it was said that he was "a balanced ticket all by himself."

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Senator Barack Obama won wide attention when he visited his father's home country, Kenya. He could do something similar in Ireland, apparently. Researchers from ancestry.com say Obama's American mother had ancestors there. So the man seeking to become the first black president could also pose as an Irish-American president. All of which brings to mind the New York mayor who had so many ethnic connections it was said that he was a balanced ticket all by himself.

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