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Home --> Politics --> Barack Obama --> Walking Eagle

Walking Eagle

Claim:   Native Americans dubbed Barack Obama "Walking Eagle."

Status:   False.

Example:   [Collected via e-mail, June 2008]

Walking Eagle,
Senator BARACK OBAMA, was invited to address a major gathering of the American Indian Nation two weeks ago in upstate New York. HE spoke for almost an hour on HIS future plans for increasing every Native American's present standard of living, should HE one day become the President. HE referred to his career as a Senator, how he had signed 'YES' for every Indian issue that came to his desk for approval. Although the Senator was vague on the details of his plan, he seemed most enthusiastic about his future ideas for helping his 'red sisters and brothers'.

At the conclusion of his speech, the Tribes presented the Senator with a plaque inscribed with his new Indian name - Walking Eagle. The proud Senator then departed in his motorcade, waving to the crowds. A news reporter later inquired to the group of chiefs of how they came to select the new name they had given to the Senator. They explained that Walking Eagle is the name given to a bird so full of shit it can no longer fly.

Origins:   We've been seeing versions of this piece on the Internet since mid-June 2004. In a nutshell, it's an old joke that goes back to at least the 1960s and has been applied in previous election cycles to a number of different candidates from both parties, including John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, and George W. Bush. Our 2004 article on this topic delves into the origins and previous political uses of this joke.

Last updated:   26 August 2008

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  Sources Sources:
    Linthicum, Leslie.   "Candidates Woo Indians."
    Albuquerque Journal.   18 November 2003   (p. A1).

    Healy, Patrick.   "Kerry Vows Funds for Indians' Health."
    The Boston Globe.   9 August 2004   (p. A2).