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The Bushes As far as American political brands are concerned, no two families could be further apart than the Bushes and Kennedys, in both style and substance. Despite how some feel about George W., the Bush family name still carries tremendous political clout and the family has certainly reached dynastic status. The clan is also large and politically engaged, including former Florida governor Jeb Bush, and his son, telegenic Texan lawyer George Prescott Bush, who has Latino heritage and is touted as showing presidential promise.

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The Clintons The Clintons could very well be the next family name the Democrats hitch their party wagon to. While they lack the one key feature central to most political dynasties - lots and lots of relatives - the Clinton family tree shows promise, largely thanks to Chelsea. She has denied harbouring any political ambitions, but proved herself a natural on her mother's campaign trail and her father has hinted at a political future. Chelsea's boyfriend (and rumoured fiancé) is Marc Mezvinsky, the son of a former Iowa congressman and a former Pennsylvania congresswoman.

The Bidens Theirs is a modest political history (Vice-President Joe Biden's great-grandfather was a Pennsylvania state senator), but Mr. Biden's oldest son, Joseph Robinette (Beau) Biden III, has potential to initiate a political dynasty. Beau is Delaware's attorney-general but is currently serving in Iraq with the National Guard, and widely expected to run for the Senate seat his father once held.

The Obamas For many, the first family represents a promising addition to America's political landscape. On the surface, they already possess many of the ingredients that made John F. Kennedy and his family so appealing to the American public: a young, handsome and eloquent president, a beautiful, stylish first lady, and two poised and beautiful children. "There could be an Obama dynasty in the future, you never know," said Peter Schweizer, author of The Bushes: Portrait of a Dynasty and a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, said. "I do think that if the daughters have a political inclination 20 years down the road, they will certainly have a huge advantage, not only in terms of the brand name but in terms of understanding how the game is played."

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