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

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172 35
Abraham Lincoln - "Honest ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Abraham Lincoln - "Honest Abe"

2
181 41
Margaret Thatcher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 88 (1925-2013)

3
139 32
Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 91 (1874-1965)

4
159 44
Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

5
151 40
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 81 (1913-1994)

6
125 35
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 79 (1890-1969)

7
153 51
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 46 (1917-1963)

8
125 39
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

9
120 37
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

10
117 37
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

11
119 42
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 63 (1882-1945)

12
105 34
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 78 (1767-1845)

13
99 32
Zachary Taylor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

14
117 45
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 93 (1911-2004)

15
115 44
George Bush is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

16
111 47
Ronald Reagan - "The Great... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Ronald Reagan - "The Great Communicator"

17
78 26
William Howard Taft is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 73 (1857-1930)

18
89 34
Calvin Coolidge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 61 (1872-1933)

19
96 42
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 65 (1908-1973)

20
80 32
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 68 (1856-1924)

21
80 32
Tony Blair is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

22
77 30
William Henry Harrison is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 68 (1773-1841)

23
72 27
Benjamin Harrison is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

24
91 41
John McCain is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

25
77 32
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

26
82 36
Rutherford B. Hayes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

27
80 37
John Tyler is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 72 (1790-1862)

28
69 29
Arlen Specter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 82 (1930-2012)

29
64 26
James Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 77 (1791-1868)

30
69 30
Martin Van Buren is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 80 (1782-1862)

31
69 30
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 85 (1751-1836)

32
74 35
Anthony D. Weiner is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

33
66 29
Tom DeLay is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

34
68 32
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

35
76 39
Jimmy Carter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

36
63 29
Neville Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 71 (1869-1940)

37
64 31
Rahm Emanuel is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

38
74 39
Margaret Thatcher - "Milk ... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Margaret Thatcher - "Milk Snatcher"

39
75 40
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 61 (1858-1919)

40
57 28
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
82 60
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

43
66 51
Ron Paul is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

44
63 51
Sarah Palin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

45
66 54
Mitt Romney is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

46
74 63
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

47
67 59
Bill Clinton - "Bubba" is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Bill Clinton - "Bubba"

48
60 54
Jerry Brown is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Political Nicknames