If Barack Obama becomes President of the U.S., he will head to the White House following in the footsteps of a distant relative, Dick Cheney.

Somehow I missed the stories when they emerged back in October. As Lynne Cheney's research revealed at the time, 'Obama is distantly related to Mareen Duvall, whose son Samuel married the granddaughter of Mr Cheney's ancestor, also called Richard Cheney...'