It was recently revealed that 42 U.S. Presidents are descendants of King John of England. Martin Van Buren was the only exception. On that thin basis, I’ve decided that I’m running for President the next time around. After all, I too am a descendant of King John. He happens to be my 24th great grandfather. I guess that means that I too am eligible for the highest office in the land.
Of course, I’m only kidding. Well, not about my ancestry but about running for President based on it. It’s fun to discuss these things, especially if you’re into genealogy but ancestry is not the basis for political power, at least on this side of the Atlantic.
Besides, being a descendant of King John, also known as John Lackland and Bad King John, is not exactly something to crow about. Anyone who is familiar with Robin Hood will remember him as Prince John, the one who tried to steal his brother’s crown and oppressed his people. Read More