Political Animal Totems

Many American Indians (I can’t speak for all) identified animal spirit totems that helped guide the individual in life and defined who they were. Animal spirit totems also helped other individual discern qualities in individuals. Often, spirit totems were animals defined by qualities that the American Indian admired and sought to emulate, such as craftiness (coyote), power and endurance (bear) or wealth and generosity (buffalo).

So, here’s my question: what animal totems would you associate with today’s current crop of politicians?

George W. Bush always reminded me of a hawk. Sarah Palin, married to an American Indian, has openly adopted the Mama Grizzly as her totem. After watching the 2nd of her “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” series (via Comcast), I am very much convinced that President Obama’s totem is a halibut.

Does anyone else want a go?

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  • Bill Smith

    There once was a Fishermen’s Quartet
    First Tuna
    Second Tuna
    Barracuda, and
    Sometimes they sang on porpoise,
    And other times just for the halibut.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    The various Chinese martial arts modeled much of their forms upon animals. The 5 original animal forms were dragon, tiger, leopard, snake, crane.

    I would say Obama is a snake. Bush a crane with grace.
    The crane is known for its longevity. It is believed that the crane lives such a long life because its body contains a large amount of jing, or essential energy. A calm, meditative animal, the crane can stand on one leg for hours, without shifting its weight or growing restless. The crane form helps the practitioner hold his internal energy, which develops strength while building bones and muscles.

    Like the dragon, crane techniques are circular in nature. However, the crane is always soft and relaxed, but strikes with penetrating speed and force. The crane form is known for using the “beak” to strike to targets such as the temple. It is also known for its long, extended strikes that mimic outstretched wings. The crane form allows the practitioner to deliver flowing, relaxed power as well as sudden and focused attacks.
    Palin is either the Leopard or the Dragon.
    The reason why Obama is a snake is because if you look at his hypnotic speeches, it is like a snake’s glare. And when Obama strikes at America, it is quick and devastating (healthcare or take overs). Obama goes for the vitals, what makes America function. He doesn’t damage simply the outer shell and make us look bad, but his poison goes deep to the organs and nerves as well.
    I think of Book as a crane as well.


    Obama is  algae – something to scrape off the bottom of a fisherman’s boat.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Ah, Sadie, but algae actually produces oxygen, most of the Earth’s in fact. Obama doesn’t produce anything nearly as useful as oxygen for humans.
    Sadie, what did you like about the differentiation between verbal violence and physical violence as it pertains to the Left? I would be interested in hearing more.

  • kali

    Is that the halibut before or after it’s been clubbed?

  • Tonestaple

    Chris Christie is an orca:  always ready to chew up a Democrat, periodically breaching the surface and showing up on You-Tube for the sheer joy of it.

    Barack Obama may be a lion.  The male lion is a singularly useless creature who lazes around all day and does nothing but take the main share of the meat brought to him by his pride.  He kills cubs who are not his own offspring when he takes over another pride.  The only things he provides are an empty appearance and sperm.

    Someone is a mongoose:  Ann Coulter, maybe?  Very vicious and fast.

    Rush Limbaugh has to be a bull walrus of some sort – they’re quite aggressive and always ready to defend their turf.

  • kali

    Oh, and Barbara “Call me senator” Boxer is a blowfish, swelling itself all out of proportion.


    Ymarsakar -hyperoxia (oxygen toxicity) which can leave one dizzy. Certainly explains 2008 and the dizzy democrats ;
    To briefly respond to your question:
    Verbal violence, leaves scars internally and leaves room for denial and finger pointing in every direction other than the actual source.  It’s a coward’s sleazy attempt at physical violence. This is not to be confused with verbal sparing, which can be an even match and quite entertaining. Alas, even the physical violence of the left is a ‘hit and run’ and even after an attack, try to place the blame elsewhere. Yeah..the guy backed up into my knife 6 times – I just couldn’t get out of the way fast enough.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Ymarsakar -hyperoxia (oxygen toxicity) which can leave one dizzy. Certainly explains 2008 and the dizzy democrats
    I thought that was due to being weed weeded up?

  • http://pungeon.blogspot.com lordsomber

    Obama is like one of those chameleon octopi — the ‘everyman’ who tries to paint himself as all things to all people, while simultaneously trying to sink his tentacles around everyone.

  • Allen

    Obama’s totem: The turkey, it has magnificent plumage but in the end it still can’t fly. Pelosi’s totem: The desert tortoise, slow, ponderous, and unable to adapt outside it’s habitat. Reid’s totem: The badger, vicious, territorial, and known for eating carrion.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Reid’s totem: The badger, vicious, territorial, and known for eating carrion.

  • Danny Lemieux

    I don’t associate Obama with being vicious in anything but a passive aggressive sort of way. That’s why we are in so much trouble on the international front. He is weak. He’s seen as a patsy by our enemies. Not a badger.
    A wild turkey is extremely smart and able to fly. Is that Obama?
    Kali, I was thinking of a halibut in the process of being clubbed…and not just by Palin. I would like to think the thought of Palin coming at him with a club would be enough to send Obama peddling his bicycle furiously for the hills while screaming like a little girl. But then, I have a very active imagination.

  • kali

    Obama, nothing. Sarah Palin with a club and a still-beating halibut heart would make *Putin* run for the hills, screaming like a little girl.
    And don’t tell me the average Russian wouldn’t like to see that :)


    Took my a few days to remember where I saw this…enjoy!


  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Sadie, I often heard Leftists such as the anti-war freaks and clowns talk about being against war. Then one day you saw a few of these guys go to somebody’s house and attack them because of too much drinking and inflamed passion speeches.
    Well, obviously they were “anti-war”. They are “pro-beatdown” and a beatdown has nothing to do with fighting in a war where you have massive casualties.