Hillary Clinton's horse-thief ancestor-Fiction!

Hillary Clinton’s Horse-Thief AncestorFiction!

Summary of Erumor:
This email claims that Hillary Clinton is a genealogy enthusiast and discovered an ancestor who was hanged as a horse thief and bank robber in 1889.  It was her great-great uncle Remus Rodham.  The only picture of him was one of him standing on the gallows just before he was hung and had an inscription on the back describing his crimes, capture, and execution.  When the account of great-great Uncle Remus was placed into Hillary’s family history, however, the picture was cropped to just a head shot of Remus along with a sanitized version of his story that was expertly created by Hilllary’s image-makers.

The Truth:

This is not true just like it was not true about Harry Reid, Al Gore or George W. Bush.  The essence of this story is from an old piece of humorous writing that was designed to demonstrate how you can put “spin” on a negative story to make it sound positive.  Someone altered the story to make it seem as though it was talking about an ancestor of Al Gore.  Then another version got started saying it was about an ancestor of Hillary Clinton.  Now there is a version making the rounds saying it is about George W. Bush.

Posted 01/08/09