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TUCSON, Ariz. -- St Patrick's Day is a celebration of Irish culture. There are more than 36 million Irish-Americans in our country. And that includes our President, Barack Obama.
And if you examine his family tree you'll find an 83-year-old Tucson woman who admits she's not his biggest supporter.
It's been a busy day for Dorma Reese.
"I'm plastered all over the Internet," said Reese.
She's been fielding calls all day since an Associated Press article hit the Internet detailing her family relation to our nations' President and her opinion of that fact.
"You know that old saying, 'You can't pick your relatives, but you can pick your friends,'" said Reese laughing.
Dorma has lived in her Tucson home for 35 years, but she was raised in Kansas, the same state as her distant cousin, President Obama's mother.
"When Obama was elected and they said his mother's name was Dunham, we kind of said, 'Hmmm.' Because my mother's name was Dunham before she was married," said Reese.
When a niece started tracing their family tree on Ancestry.com, they found the connection to the President. Dorma says they are third cousins, on Obama's Irish side.
It's a pretty big joke in this family of Republicans.
But Dorma's more polite about it than some of her relatives.
She would offer some advice, however, if their paths ever crossed.
"To pay more attention to what his public told him. To do the things he said he would when he was running for President," said Reese.
Dorma doesn't say anything bad about the President, because she doesn't know him. But what might be a thrill for others, is no big deal for Dorma.
"I'm the same person i was the day before I found out," said Reese. "It doesn't make any difference to me."
Being related to the President may not make a difference to Dorma, but it does make for a busy day on the phone.
According to Ancestry.com, Obama has 28 living relatives who descended from an Irishman who fled the potato famine in the 1850s.