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Bush and Clinton: American’s Current Royal Families?

Updated on December 23, 2017
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Lifelong learner, musician, author, world traveler, truth enthusiast, and all around bon vivant.

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Remember the American Revolution? It was in 1776, when the British Colonies declared their “independence” from Great Britain. Funny thing is, almost 240 years later, the USA is still very much tied to the UK. After we stopped fighting against them, we started fighting with them (some might say for them). Ever since then, it has been acceptable to be an anglophile (a person who admires England, her culture, and her people).

If you have any doubts, do you remember the big fuss the American media recently made over the births of Princess Charlotte and Prince George? The very fact that you (probably) recognized these two as the children of Prince William and Kate Middleton is testament to how closely England the USA watch each other, and take cues from one another in the culture department.

Still doubtful? How about one more name: The Beatles. The UK and the USA also have their differences, to be sure. But you only need to scratch the surface to see that we are cut from the same cloth.

It All Started with the Adams Family . . . Really

We made a big show of setting up a democracy when the country was formed. No more kings, and so forth and so on. Our first president, George Washington, came from a wealthy family to be sure, but the Washingtons were only moderately prosperous, and would be considered of “middling rank.” Hardly royalty.

Then came the Adams Family. The Adams family produced two presidents of the United States. Our sixth president, John Quincy Adams, was the son of our second president, John Adams. This was the start of political “connections” in the USA, as I see it. Did you know that Diana, Princess of Wales, and her two sons, Prince William (The Duke of Cambridge) and Prince Harry, are distant relatives of John Adams?

The Adams family is one of four families to have two Presidents of the United States in their ranks. The others are the Harrison family (William Henry and Benjamin), the Roosevelt family (cousins, not father and son), and the Bush family (George and George W.). Now with Hillary running for election, we could have the first husband and wife to become president. There is also the distant possibility of Jeb Bush becoming president, making his the third presidency in the Bush family.

One More Fun Fact

Did you know that Barack H. Obama, our 44th President is George Washington’s great uncle's 11th great nephew! Okay, so that is a stretch. But the fact is, when you study the genealogy of our presidents, you will find many, many more such amazing connections.

If you want all the details, you can find them here:

Back to Bush and Clinton

When I started this article, I was mainly thinking about how we may have a third Bush in the White House, or a second Clinton. The discovery of the presidential bloodlines came as a complete surprise to me. At least initially. But the more I thought about it, the more it makes sense.

Look at all the families out there that follow the same profession. Whether it’s in music, sports, art, authoring, acting, or you name it: like father, like son (like mother, like daughter) is still true. Or just perhaps, like husband, like wife? We will see. Oh, and for the record, lest you think it’s only about the men, Hillary is distantly related to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. But don’t take my word for it. Go do some research. It’s fascinating stuff.

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  • Carolyn M Fields profile imageAUTHOR

    Carolyn Fields 

    2 years ago from South Dakota, USA

    Interesting observation Brad.

  • bradmasterOCcal profile image

    bradmasterOCcal 

    2 years ago from Orange County California

    Carolyn

    I was hoping for more in this hub. FDR and Teddy Roosevelt were related but that is where it ended. Teddy Roosevelt won the last American War in 1898, and was a great president and strong image for the country.

    FDR saddled us with Income Tax and SS, and later that was used to tag on Medicare. All three are taxes. FDR didn't end the depression, it was WWII that took the country out of the depression, and after the war, the only real prosperous era of the US, the 1950s.

    FDR did one good thing, the A bomb as it ended the war with Japan and saved hundreds of thousands of American lives.

    The point is that relatives while sharing blood lines don't mean that they have similar traits or goals.

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    Dora Weithers 

    2 years ago from The Caribbean

    Just as long as nobody inherits the position like they do in England,it might be alright. Interesting read!

  • Carolyn M Fields profile imageAUTHOR

    Carolyn Fields 

    2 years ago from South Dakota, USA

    I really don't care for rap . . . but I have to admit, this is funny. And sad at the same time . . . .

  • tsadjatko profile image

    2 years ago from now on

    Yeah, Bush -Clinton Royalty has taken the whole idea of political dynasty to a new level. When we see a rap video about the Bush and Clinton dynasties you know this is not where we as a country want to be.

    Although this was done in 2008 I think it is an apt finale to your hub page. Does pizza give you heartburn? Well if it doesn't this pizza rap will. :-)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTxY8DU16v8

  • Carolyn M Fields profile imageAUTHOR

    Carolyn Fields 

    2 years ago from South Dakota, USA

    Yes, Larry. My personal opinion is that this is why so many "non-political" candidates are running this time around.

  • Larry Rankin profile image

    Larry Rankin 

    2 years ago from Oklahoma

    Your title indicates a big problem in our country. When we hold up any elected official like royalty it defeats the very core purpose of democracy, yet so many insist on doing it.

    Great hub.

  • tsadjatko profile image

    2 years ago from now on

    Not at all, I got your point exactly and I think it was well made. If anything I was just expounding on it...can't miss an opportunity to expose a "sham," as you put it, which is exactly what her candidacy is, what's more the entire DNC an Democrat leadership is a sham and is why she lands on her feet as you say. Well done Carolyn, don't mind me.

  • Carolyn M Fields profile imageAUTHOR

    Carolyn Fields 

    2 years ago from South Dakota, USA

    Tsad,

    I think you missed my "drift." I am in NO WAY advocating for Hillary. Quite the contrary. I was actually making a "tongue-in-cheek" commentary about how they must view themselves as royalty. I think her candidacy is something of a sham. She didn't get the nomination in 2008, and not somehow she thinks it's her "due" to get it now. No matter how many times she lies, or completely reverses her position, she seems to land on her feet. Since a "direct" attack would get me slammed, I was trying for the indirect approach. Apparently, I was a bit too veiled in my sarcasm.

  • tsadjatko profile image

    2 years ago from now on

    Royal families? Maybe in the past but there is nothing royal about the Bushes and the Clintons except that they are both a ROYAL PAIN. Remember it was the elder George Bush who gave us the Clintons!

    "Now with Hillary running for election, we could have the first husband and wife to become president." Really! More distinctions than that!

    The first rapist husband serial and pathological liar wife to become president! Why not? We already have the first male pathological liar president in BO, why not a female to take up his mantle.

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