Politics The Best Political Nicknames  

Mike Rothschild
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Political nicknames are a tradition that stretches all the way back to the first leaders in human society. Even American presidents get nicknames. But in the last few centuries, nicknames have become almost standard issue, with almost every president, prime minister, and elected leader of any kind given some kind of nickname. Some are affectionate, some are insulting, and some are just variations on the person's name or initials.

Many of the nicknames given to presidents and prime ministers haven't stuck, and are all but forgotten. After all, how many people can say who "The Last Cocked Hat" or "Soapy George Underhen" were (President James Monroe and British Prime Minister George Canning, respectively). But many politician nicknames have become permanent fixtures, and inseparable from the person they were bestowed on. We all know "Honest Abe," "The Iron Lady," and "Slick Willie," and it's likely we always will.

Here are some of the greatest political nicknames in history, from prime ministers to congressmen.
list ordered by

1
194 44
Margaret Thatcher is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 88 (1925-2013)

2
180 40
Abraham Lincoln - "Honest ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Abraham Lincoln - "Honest Abe"

3
150 32
Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 91 (1874-1965)

4
163 42
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 81 (1913-1994)

5
169 46
Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

6
129 37
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 79 (1890-1969)

7
158 54
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 46 (1917-1963)

8
130 41
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

9
124 39
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

10
123 39
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

11
109 34
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 78 (1767-1845)

12
124 45
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

13
122 44
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 63 (1882-1945)

14
102 33
Zachary Taylor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

15
121 47
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 93 (1911-2004)

16
117 50
Ronald Reagan - "The Great... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Ronald Reagan - "The Great Communicator"

17
81 27
William Howard Taft is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 73 (1857-1930)

18
91 36
Calvin Coolidge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 61 (1872-1933)

19
83 33
Tony Blair is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

20
98 44
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 65 (1908-1973)

21
75 28
Benjamin Harrison is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

22
79 32
William Henry Harrison is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 68 (1773-1841)

23
84 37
Rutherford B. Hayes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

24
93 44
John McCain is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

25
79 34
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

26
81 36
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 68 (1856-1924)

27
78 35
Anthony D. Weiner is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

28
82 38
John Tyler is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 72 (1790-1862)

29
71 31
Martin Van Buren is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 80 (1782-1862)

30
68 30
Tom DeLay is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

31
69 31
Arlen Specter is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 82 (1930-2012)

32
65 28
James Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 77 (1791-1868)

33
69 32
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 85 (1751-1836)

34
65 30
Neville Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 71 (1869-1940)

35
79 41
Jimmy Carter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

36
70 34
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

37
66 31
Rahm Emanuel is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

38
75 41
Margaret Thatcher - "Milk ... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Margaret Thatcher - "Milk Snatcher"

39
75 42
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 61 (1858-1919)

40
57 30
Gordon Brown is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

41
59 32
David Cameron is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

42
86 62
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

43
67 53
Ron Paul is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

44
67 55
Mitt Romney is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

45
77 66
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

46
63 54
Sarah Palin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

47
70 62
Bill Clinton - "Bubba" is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Bill Clinton - "Bubba"

48
62 56
Jerry Brown is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Political Nicknames