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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
Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 91 (1874-1965)
2
Margaret Thatcher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 88 (1925-2013)
3
Abraham Lincoln - "Honest ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Abraham Lincoln - "Honest Abe"
4
Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
5
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 81 (1913-1994)
6
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
7
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 46 (1917-1963)
8
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 79 (1890-1969)
9
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
10
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
11
Zachary Taylor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
12
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 78 (1767-1845)
13
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
14
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 63 (1882-1945)
15
William Howard Taft is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 73 (1857-1930)
16
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 93 (1911-2004)
17
Ronald Reagan - "The Great... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Ronald Reagan - "The Great Communicator"
18
Tony Blair is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
19
Calvin Coolidge is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 61 (1872-1933)
20
John McCain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
21
Anthony D. Weiner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
22
Benjamin Harrison is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
23
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
24
William Henry Harrison is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 68 (1773-1841)
25
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Dec. at 65 (1908-1973)