Sunday, December 03, 2006

Baker's Cousin

One can expect James A. Baker III to be all over the news this week as co-chair of the Iraq Study Group. His African-American relatives will no doubt be watching with great interest.

His family got bigger a couple of years ago, when Baker discovered a whole new branch of the Baker family tree — an African-American branch, living in Huntsville.

Baker was in that town just north of Houston for the dedication of his great-grandfather's grave when a man walked up to him and identified himself as James Baker, his cousin.

"Boy, was I surprised," he said.

Although he later had the lineage researched, Baker took the man's word for it, and even introduced him and others in his family as long-lost relatives at several public appearances he made that day. [Link]

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