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!
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1,021 241
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Ronald Reagan - "Rawhide" Died at 93 (1911-2004) - Used throughout his presidency.

2
768 219
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Jacqueline Kennedy - "Lace" Died at 65 (1929-1994) - Used throughout her time as First Lady.

3
784 232
Roger Clinton, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Roger Clinton, Jr. - "Headache" age 61 - Used throughout his half-brother's presidency.

4
611 189
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
John F. Kennedy - "Lancer" Died at 46 (1917-1963) - Used throughout his presidency.

5
495 192
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Harry S. Truman - "General" Died at 88 (1884-1972) - Used throughout his presidency.

6
639 274
Nancy Reagan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Nancy Reagan - "Rainbow" age 96 - Used during her time as First Lady.

7
501 207
Barbara Bush is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Barbara Bush - "Snowbank" age 92 - Used during her time as First Lady.

8
515 222
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
George H. W. Bush - "Timberwolf" age 93 - Used throughout his presidency.

9
439 216
Dick Cheney is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Dick Cheney - "Backseat" age 77 - Used during his time as President Ford's chief of staff - known as "Angler" during his vice presidency.

10
431 216
Bob Dole is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Bob Dole - "Ramrod" age 94 - Used during his 1976 campaign.

11
372 179
Jenna Bush Hager is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Jenna Bush Hager - "Twinkle" age 36 - Used throughout her father's presidency.

12
419 213
Charles, Prince of Wales is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Charles, Prince of Wales - "Unicorn" age 69 - Also known as "Principal."

13
354 183
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Dwight D. Eisenhower - "Scorecard" Died at 79 (1890-1969) - Used throughout his presidency.

14
422 231
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Frank Sinatra - "Napoleon" Died at 83 (1915-1998) - Given at the request of Richard Nixon.

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406 223
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
George W. Bush - "Tumbler" age 71 - Used during his 2000 campaign - known as "Trailblazer" throughout his presidency.

16
384 227
Newt Gingrich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Newt Gingrich - "T-Rex" age 74 - Used during his 2012 campaign.

17
323 186
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Eleanor Roosevelt - "Rover" Died at 78 (1884-1962) - Used throughout her time as First Lady.

18
288 178
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Richard Nixon - "Searchlight" Died at 81 (1913-1994) - Used throughout his presidency.

19
326 208
Karenna Gore Schiff is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Karenna Gore Schiff - "Smurfette" age 44 - Used throughout her father's time in office.

20
242 154
Alexander Haig is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Alexander Haig - "Clawhammer" Died at 86 (1924-2010) - Used during his time as Richard Nixon's chief of staff.

21
233 148
Edith Wilson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Edith Wilson - "Grandma" Died at 89 (1872-1961) - Used during her time as First Lady.

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331 226
Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Ted Kennedy - "Sunburn" Died at 77 (1932-2009) - Used during his 1980 campaign.

23
244 163
Betty Ford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Betty Ford - "Pinafore" Died at 93 (1918-2011) - Used during her time as First Lady.

24
221 151
Nelson Rockefeller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Nelson Rockefeller - "Sandstorm" Died at 71 (1908-1979) - Used throughout his vice presidency.

25
211 146
Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Henry Kissinger - "Woodcutter" age 94 - Used during his time as Richard Nixon's Secretary of State.

26
218 155
Happy Rockefeller is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Happy Rockefeller - "Shooting Star" age 91 - Used during Nelson Rockefeller's vice presidency - also known as "Stardust."

27
467 379
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Barack Obama - "Renegade" age 56 - Used throughout his presidency.

28
314 246
Sarah Palin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Sarah Palin - "Denali" age 54 - Used during her 2008 campaign.

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412 333
Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Donald Trump - "Mogul" age 71 - Used during his 2016 presidential campaign.

30
222 183
Ben Carson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Ben Carson - "Eli" age 66 - Used during his 2016 presidential campaign.

31
222 187
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Lyndon B. Johnson - "Volunteer" Died at 65 (1908-1973) - Used throughout his presidency.

32
199 166
Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Gerald Ford - "Pass Key" Died at 93 (1913-2006) - Used throughout his presidency.

33
277 245
Joe Biden is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Joe Biden - "Celtic" age 75 - Used throughout his vice presidency.

34
199 175
Ron Nessen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Ron Nessen - "Clam Chowder" age 83 - Used during his time as Gerald Ford's press secretary.

35
350 341
Michelle Obama is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Michelle Obama - "Renaissance" age 54 - Used during her time as First Lady.

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162 159
Cindy McCain is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Cindy McCain - "Parasol" age 63 - Used during her husband's 2008 campaign.

37
183 185
Meghan McCain is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Meghan McCain - "Peter Sellers" age 33 - Used during her father's 2008 campaign.

38
224 229
Todd Palin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Todd Palin - "Driller" age 53 - Used during his wife's 2008 campaign.

39
272 281
Bernie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Bernie Sanders - "Intrepid" age 76 - Used during his 2016 presidential campaign.

40
193 200
Jimmy Carter is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Jimmy Carter - "Lock Master" age 93 - Used throughout his presidency - also known as "Deacon."

41
178 186
Walter Mondale is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Walter Mondale - "Dragon" age 90 - Used throughout his vice presidency - also known as "Cavalier."

42
185 209
Paul Ryan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Paul Ryan - "Bowhunter" age 48 - Used during his 2012 campaign.

43
200 231
Mitt Romney is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Mitt Romney - "Javelin" age 71 - Used during his 2012 campaign.

44
167 204
Al Gore is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Al Gore - "Sawhorse" age 70 - Used throughout his vice presidency - also known as "Sundance."

45
143 178
Michael Dukakis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Michael Dukakis - "Peso" age 84 - Used during his 1988 campaign.

46
270 351
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Bill Clinton - "Eagle" age 71 - Used throughout his presidency.

47
122 193
Rick Santorum is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Rick Santorum - "Petrus" age 59 - Used during his 2012 campaign.

48
223 355
Hillary Clinton is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Hillary Rodham Clinton - "Evergreen" age 70 - Used during her time as First Lady and her 2016 and 2008 campaigns.

49
164 279
Jesse Jackson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Jesse Jackson - "Thunder" age 76 - Used during his 1984 campaign.