Oct 162007

From Reuters:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – There’s no sign of a family reunion planned, but U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama are distant cousins.

So says the vice president’s wife, Lynne Cheney, who said she discovered that her husband of 43 years is eighth cousins with the senator from Illinois.

The two men could hardly be more different. Cheney is an advocate for pursuing the war in Iraq to try to stabilize the country, while Obama wants to get U.S. troops out of Iraq.

So they have two different opinions about the Iraq war.  How is that such a huge difference?   Sure, it’s a different opinion, but there’s a lot more to being a person than that.  Now if you said, “Cheney is an advocate for the war, hates cauliflower, and has a type A personality while Obama wants to quit the war, loves cauliflower, and takes Reagan-style naps”  you’d be a little further along in showing that they have differences.  But you’d still be a long ways from saying, “the two men could hardly be more different.”   There are a lot more things than that which could distinguish one human being from another.