Description: Viral text / Joke
Circulating since: Nov. 2004 (including previous variants)
Status: FALSE (see analysis)
As posted on Facebook, July 3, 2013:
President 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 about his plans for increasing every Native American's present standard of living. He referred to his time as a U.S. Senator and how he had voted for every Native American issue that came to the floor of the Senate.
Although President Obama was vague about the details of his plans, he seemed most enthusiastic and spoke eloquently about his ideas for helping his "Red sisters and brothers".
At the conclusion of his speech, the Tribes presented Obama with a plaque inscribed with his new Indian name, "Walking Eagle".
The proud President Obama accepted the plaque and then departed in his motorcade to a fundraiser, waving to the crowds.
A news reporter later asked the group of chiefs how they came to select the new name they had given to the President. They explained that "Walking Eagle" is the name given to a bird so full of shit it can no longer fly.
Forwarded email text contributed by P. Padgett, Aug. 28, 2008:
Senator Barack Obama was invited to adress a major gathering of the American Indian nation two weeks ago in upstate New York. he spoke of his future plans for increasing every native Americans standard of living, should he one day become president. He referred to his positive voting record on Native American issues as a member of the senate. Although the senator was vauge about the details of his plan he seemed very enthusiastic about his future ideas for helping his "red brothers and sisters". At the end of his speech the tribes presented the senator with a plaque inscribed with his new Indian name-" Walking Eagle". The proud senator then departed to his motorcade, smiling and waving to the crowd. After his departure a local news reporter who was interviewing a group of chiefs who represented the Indian nations at the conference asked how they had selected the name they had given the senator, and it's meaning. They explained that "Walking Eagle" is the name given to a bird so full of shit it can no longer fly.
Analysis: This anecdote isn't new, nor is Barack Obama the only U.S. president supposedly dubbed "Walking Eagle" by Native American elders. For the history of this old joke, see my previous article: G.W. Bush Named "Walking Eagle."
Last updated 07/03/13