Politics The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used  

Mike Rothschild
31.5k votes 2.9k voters 90k views 49 items

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!
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1,194 275
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
947 251
Roger Clinton, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 61 - Used throughout his half-brother's presidency.

3
909 242
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is listed (or ranked) 3 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.

4
717 219
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
577 224
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Dec. at 88 (1884-1972) - Used throughout his presidency.

6
592 235
Barbara Bush is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 92 - Used during her time as First Lady.

7
619 250
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 93 - Used throughout his presidency.

8
726 310
Nancy Reagan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 96 - Used during her time as First Lady.

9
528 241
Dick Cheney is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 77 - Used during his time as President Ford's chief of staff - known as "Angler" during his vice presidency.

10
443 206
Jenna Bush Hager is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 36 - Used throughout her father's presidency.

11
491 243
Charles, Prince of Wales is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 69 - Also known as "Principal."

12
497 250
Bob Dole is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 94 - Used during his 1976 campaign.

13
410 213
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
481 260
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 14 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.

15
465 253
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 71 - Used during his 2000 campaign - known as "Trailblazer" throughout his presidency.

16
381 215
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
437 261
Newt Gingrich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 74 - Used during his 2012 campaign.

18
383 236
Karenna Gore Schiff is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 44 -

Used throughout her father's time in office.

19
336 208
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
285 178
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
382 255
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
273 171
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
281 190
Betty Ford is listed (or ranked) 23 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.

24
381 273
Sarah Palin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 54 - Used during her 2008 campaign.

25
568 430
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 56 - Used throughout his presidency.

26
252 176
Nelson Rockefeller is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Dec. at 71 (1908-1979) - Used throughout his vice presidency.

27
242 171
Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 94 - Used during his time as Richard Nixon's Secretary of State.

28
249 177
Happy Rockefeller is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 91 - Used during Nelson Rockefeller's vice presidency - also known as "Stardust."

29
492 402
Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 71 - Used during his 2016 presidential campaign.

30
257 213
Ben Carson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 66 - Used during his 2016 presidential campaign.

31
230 190
Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Dec. at 93 (1913-2006) - Used throughout his presidency.

32
259 218
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Dec. at 65 (1908-1973) - Used throughout his presidency.

33
318 281
Joe Biden is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 75 - Used throughout his vice presidency.

34
428 391
Michelle Obama is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 54 - Used during her time as First Lady.

35
226 198
Ron Nessen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 83 - Used during his time as Gerald Ford's press secretary.

36
258 256
Todd Palin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 53 - Used during his wife's 2008 campaign.

37
228 227
Jimmy Carter is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 93 - Used throughout his presidency - also known as "Deacon."

38
321 325
Bernie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 76 - Used during his 2016 presidential campaign.

39
185 185
Cindy McCain is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 63 - Used during her husband's 2008 campaign.

40
212 217
Meghan McCain is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 33 - Used during her father's 2008 campaign.

41
201 212
Walter Mondale is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 90 - Used throughout his vice presidency - also known as "Cavalier."

42
229 259
Mitt Romney is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 71 - Used during his 2012 campaign.

43
209 251
Paul Ryan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 48 - Used during his 2012 campaign.

44
163 206
Michael Dukakis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 84 - Used during his 1988 campaign.

45
312 397
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 71 - Used throughout his presidency.

46
184 242
Al Gore is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 70 - Used throughout his vice presidency - also known as "Sundance."

47
134 223
Rick Santorum is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 59 - Used during his 2012 campaign.

48
254 419
Hillary Clinton is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 70 - Used during her time as First Lady and her 2016 and 2008 campaigns.

49
187 324
Jesse Jackson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 76 - Used during his 1984 campaign.