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
215 53
Margaret Thatcher is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 88 (1925-2013)

2
198 46
Abraham Lincoln - "Honest ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Abraham Lincoln - "Honest Abe"

3
171 35
Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 91 (1874-1965)

4
184 51
Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

5
177 49
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 81 (1913-1994)

6
172 58
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 46 (1917-1963)

7
145 44
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

8
137 42
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 79 (1890-1969)

9
131 44
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

10
131 44
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

11
108 35
Zachary Taylor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

12
114 39
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 78 (1767-1845)

13
134 52
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

14
131 51
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 93 (1911-2004)

15
127 50
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 63 (1882-1945)

16
128 52
Ronald Reagan - "The Great... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Ronald Reagan - "The Great Communicator"

17
84 29
William Howard Taft is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 73 (1857-1930)

18
87 35
Tony Blair is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

19
94 40
Calvin Coolidge is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 61 (1872-1933)

20
102 49
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 65 (1908-1973)

21
99 47
John McCain is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

22
76 31
Benjamin Harrison is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

23
84 37
Anthony D. Weiner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

24
81 35
William Henry Harrison is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 68 (1773-1841)

25
83 37
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Nicknames