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
176 38
Margaret Thatcher is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 88 (1925-2013)

2
165 34
Abraham Lincoln - "Honest ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Abraham Lincoln - "Honest Abe"

3
132 31
Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 91 (1874-1965)

4
153 42
Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

5
145 38
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 81 (1913-1994)

6
120 33
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 79 (1890-1969)

7
122 35
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

8
145 49
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 46 (1917-1963)

9
116 35
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

10
112 36
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

11
116 40
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 63 (1882-1945)

12
102 33
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 78 (1767-1845)

13
116 43
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 93 (1911-2004)

14
95 32
Zachary Taylor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

15
110 43
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

16
107 47
Ronald Reagan - "The Great... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Ronald Reagan - "The Great Communicator"

17
86 34
Calvin Coolidge is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 61 (1872-1933)

18
74 26
William Howard Taft is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 73 (1857-1930)

19
75 27
William Henry Harrison is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 68 (1773-1841)

20
91 40
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 65 (1908-1973)

21
81 33
Rutherford B. Hayes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

22
78 31
Tony Blair is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

23
89 39
John McCain is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

24
70 26
Benjamin Harrison is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

25
77 31
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 68 (1856-1924)

26
74 31
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

27
79 35
John Tyler is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 72 (1790-1862)

28
68 27
Arlen Specter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 82 (1930-2012)

29
74 32
Anthony D. Weiner is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

30
63 24
James Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 77 (1791-1868)

31
69 29
Martin Van Buren is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 80 (1782-1862)

32
69 29
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 85 (1751-1836)

33
65 29
Tom DeLay is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

34
67 31
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

35
74 37
Margaret Thatcher - "Milk ... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Margaret Thatcher - "Milk Snatcher"

36
62 28
Neville Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 71 (1869-1940)

37
64 30
Rahm Emanuel is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

38
73 38
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 61 (1858-1919)

39
74 39
Jimmy Carter is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

40
57 27
Gordon Brown is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

41
59 30
David Cameron is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

42
81 56
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

43
66 50
Ron Paul is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

44
63 50
Sarah Palin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

45
65 52
Mitt Romney is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

46
66 58
Bill Clinton - "Bubba" is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Bill Clinton - "Bubba"

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

48
57 54
Jerry Brown is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Political Nicknames