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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176 37
Abraham Lincoln - "Honest ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Abraham Lincoln - "Honest Abe"

2
185 43
Margaret Thatcher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 88 (1925-2013)

3
145 32
Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 91 (1874-1965)

4
157 40
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 81 (1913-1994)

5
163 46
Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

6
126 36
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 79 (1890-1969)

7
154 53
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 46 (1917-1963)

8
126 40
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

9
121 38
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

10
119 37
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

11
106 34
Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 78 (1767-1845)

12
119 43
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 63 (1882-1945)

13
119 44
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

14
100 33
Zachary Taylor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

15
119 46
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 93 (1911-2004)

16
113 47
Ronald Reagan - "The Great... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Ronald Reagan - "The Great Communicator"

17
79 27
William Howard Taft is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 73 (1857-1930)

18
90 35
Calvin Coolidge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 61 (1872-1933)

19
83 32
Tony Blair is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

20
96 43
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 65 (1908-1973)

21
78 31
William Henry Harrison is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 68 (1773-1841)

22
73 28
Benjamin Harrison is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

23
79 33
Ulysses S. Grant is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

24
80 34
Woodrow Wilson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 68 (1856-1924)

25
92 43
John McCain is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

26
83 37
Rutherford B. Hayes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

27
82 37
John Tyler is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 72 (1790-1862)

28
76 35
Anthony D. Weiner is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

29
69 30
Arlen Specter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 82 (1930-2012)

30
65 27
James Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 77 (1791-1868)

31
70 31
Martin Van Buren is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 80 (1782-1862)

32
67 29
Tom DeLay is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

33
69 31
James Madison is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 85 (1751-1836)

34
77 40
Jimmy Carter is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

35
68 33
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

36
64 30
Neville Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 71 (1869-1940)

37
65 31
Rahm Emanuel is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

38
75 40
Margaret Thatcher - "Milk ... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Margaret Thatcher - "Milk Snatcher"

39
75 41
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Died at 61 (1858-1919)

40
57 29
Gordon Brown is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

41
59 31
David Cameron is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

42
82 62
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

43
66 52
Ron Paul is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

44
76 64
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

45
63 52
Sarah Palin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

46
66 55
Mitt Romney is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Political Nicknames

47
69 60
Bill Clinton - "Bubba" is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Political Nicknames
Bill Clinton - "Bubba"

48
61 56
Jerry Brown is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Political Nicknames