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]