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The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used 

Mike Rothschild
Updated October 25, 2019 72.8k votes 7.3k voters 190.5k 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
Jacqueline Kennedy Onass... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Dec. at 65 (1929-1994) from Southampton, New York, United States of America
Used throughout her time as First Lady.
2
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Dec. at 93 (1911-2004) from Tampico, Illinois, United States of America
Used throughout his presidency.
3
Roger Clinton, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Age 62 from Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States of America
Used throughout his half-brother's presidency.
4
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) from USA, Massachussetts, Brookline
Used throughout his presidency.
5
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) from Lamar, Missouri, United States of America
Used throughout his presidency.
6
Barbara Bush is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Age 93 from Flushing, New York City, New York, United States of America
Used during her time as First Lady.
7
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Age 94 from Milton, Massachusetts, United States of America
Used throughout his presidency.
8
Nancy Reagan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Age 97 from Flushing, New York City, New York, United States of America
Used during her time as First Lady.
9
Charles, Prince of Wales... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Age 70 from Buckingham Palace, London, England
Also known as "Principal."
10
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Age 57 from Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America
Used throughout his presidency.
11
Dick Cheney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Age 78 from Lincoln, Nebraska, United States of America
Used during his time as President Ford's chief of staff - known as "Angler" during his vice presidency.
12
Jenna Bush Hager is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Age 37 from Dallas, Texas, United States of America
Used throughout her father's presidency.
13
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Dec. at 83 (1915-1998) from Hoboken, USA, New Jersey
Given at the request of Richard Nixon.
14
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Age 72 from New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America
Used during his 2000 campaign - known as "Trailblazer" throughout his presidency.
15
Michelle Obama is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Age 55 from Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Used during her time as First Lady.
16
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) from New York City, New York, United States of America
Used throughout her time as First Lady.
17
Bob Dole is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Age 95 from Russell, Kansas, United States of America
Used during his 1976 campaign.
18
Newt Gingrich is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Age 75 from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Used during his 2012 campaign.
19
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Dec. at 79 (1890-1969) from Denison, Texas, United States of America
Used throughout his presidency.
20
Karenna Gore Schiff is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Age 45 from Nashville, Tennessee

Used throughout her father's time in office.

21
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) from Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
Used during his 1980 campaign.
22
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Dec. at 81 (1913-1994) from Yorba Linda, California, United States of America
Used throughout his presidency.
23
Sarah Palin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Age 55 from Sandpoint, Idaho, United States of America
Used during her 2008 campaign.
24
Happy Rockefeller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Age 92 from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Used during Nelson Rockefeller's vice presidency - also known as "Stardust."
25
Edith Wilson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Dec. at 89 (1872-1961) from Wytheville, Virginia, United States of America
Used during her time as First Lady.