historical rhyme
 n.— «Take George Bush. By whom I mean George Bush (1796-1859), first cousin of the president’s great-great-great-grandfather. It would be hard to find a more unlikely forebear.…He published his first book, “The Life of Mohammed.” It was the first American biography of Islam’s founder.…“The Life of Mohammed” went out of print a century ago, and there it was expected to remain, in perpetuity. But in the early 21st century, it was reissued by a tiny publisher simply because of the historical rhyme that a man with the same name occupied the White House. The first George Bush never witnessed the Second Coming, but now his book was enjoying an unexpected afterlife.» —“George Bush I” by Ted Widmer New York Times July 22, 2007. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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