Politics The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used  

Mike Rothschild
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While Secret Service code names are a tradition that dates back all the way to the Wilson administration, it's a little known fact that it's not actually the president's protective detail who picks the names. At first, it was the FBI choosing code names for presidents and their family. Then, with President Roosevelt's formation of what became known as the White House Communications Agency, the task fell to them. The Secret Service uses the names as shorthand, but they don't pick them out.

Whoever does pick them out, however, often strikes gold - either because they're so apt, or because they're so insulting and terrible. You get everything from triumphant, heroic names that imply honor and dignity to the daughter of a presidential candidate being named after a British actor, and various officials having their maladies mocked. Sometimes the names are chosen by the figures themselves - leading to an array of names that are both pompous and painfully obvious.

Which American presidents and US political figures throughout history have had the best Secret Service code names? This list features all the funniest and most awesome, so vote up those you think are the best, and if you have your own political aspirations, start thinking of yours today!
list ordered by

1
1,256 281
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Dec. at 93 (1911-2004)
Used throughout his presidency.

2
961 249
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Dec. at 65 (1929-1994)
Used throughout her time as First Lady.

3
994 263
Roger Clinton, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 62
Used throughout his half-brother's presidency.

4
738 236
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Dec. at 46 (1917-1963)
Used throughout his presidency.

5
628 242
Barbara Bush is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 93
Used during her time as First Lady.

6
607 233
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Dec. at 88 (1884-1972)
Used throughout his presidency.

7
653 259
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 94
Used throughout his presidency.

8
756 323
Nancy Reagan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 97
Used during her time as First Lady.

9
553 258
Dick Cheney is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 78
Used during his time as President Ford's chief of staff - known as "Angler" during his vice presidency.

10
473 215
Jenna Bush Hager is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 37
Used throughout her father's presidency.

11
514 257
Charles, Prince of Wales is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 70
Also known as "Principal."

12
518 264
Bob Dole is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 95
Used during his 1976 campaign.

13
428 225
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Dec. at 79 (1890-1969)
Used throughout his presidency.

14
485 269
George Bush is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 72
Used during his 2000 campaign - known as "Trailblazer" throughout his presidency.

15
497 279
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Dec. at 83 (1915-1998)
Given at the request of Richard Nixon.

16
404 224
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Dec. at 78 (1884-1962)
Used throughout her time as First Lady.

17
456 275
Newt Gingrich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 75
Used during his 2012 campaign.

18
401 250
Karenna Gore Schiff is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 45

Used throughout her father's time in office.

19
357 218
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Dec. at 81 (1913-1994)
Used throughout his presidency.

20
298 191
Alexander Haig is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Dec. at 86 (1924-2010)
Used during his time as Richard Nixon's chief of staff.

21
398 271
Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Dec. at 77 (1932-2009)
Used during his 1980 campaign.

22
285 185
Edith Wilson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Dec. at 89 (1872-1961)
Used during her time as First Lady.

23
403 284
Sarah Palin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 55
Used during her 2008 campaign.

24
294 203
Betty Ford is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Dec. at 93 (1918-2011)
Used during her time as First Lady.

25
598 453
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 57
Used throughout his presidency.