La Follette School alum and author Leslie Albrecht Huber comments on the connected ancestry of President Obama and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in a Good Morning America sequence aired October 13.
Obama and Palin are 10th cousins, both related to John Smith who lived in Massachusetts in the 1600s. "Whenever you have people that can trace their family quite early into this country, particularly those people who came in the 1600s to New England, there is a fair likelihood of finding connections," Huber says about 43 seconds into the 1 minute 54 second spot.
Huber, a 2002 grad, published The Journey Takers, a narrative nonfiction book that tells the story of the Western European immigrants through the story of one family — her family.
Obama's Strange Family Ties, October 13, 2010, ABC News
Huber publishes book on immigration experience, September 23, 2010, La Follette School News