Another "Black Sheep" story. I'm descended from Richard Cheney, who lived in Maryland in the 1600s.Two elections ago, a reporter discovered that Richard Cheney also had two more famous descendants: (https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Cheney-405#Appendix_II:__Famous_Descendants) One was Vice President Dick Cheney (on his mother's side; his own Cheneys were a New England family), the other was candidate Barack Obama. A reporter who discovered this tried to approach Vice President Cheney for a comment; he did get a comment from Mrs. Cheney, who said, well that's interesting, but we're still going to vote for McCain. The reporter was able to get a response from candidate Obama, who, learning that Dick Cheney was his 8th cousin, once removed, quickly smiled and responded, "well, yes, we've always considered him the black sheep of the family."
In these polarized times, descendants of Richard Cheney of the 1600's that I've told this story to have winced a little; some liked being related to President Obama and others liked being related to Vice President Cheney, but almost none wanted to be related to both of their newfound famous cousins. I assure them that family is family, you don't get to choose.