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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
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is listed (or ranked) 1 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.
2
Roger Clinton, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 62
Used throughout his half-brother's presidency.
3
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Dec. at 93 (1911-2004)
Used throughout his 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)
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)
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
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
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
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
Also known as "Principal."
10
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
Dick Cheney is listed (or ranked) 11 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.
12
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 57
Used throughout his 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)
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
Used during his 2000 campaign - known as "Trailblazer" throughout his presidency.
15
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 15 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.
16
Bob Dole is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 95
Used during his 1976 campaign.
17
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
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Dec. at 79 (1890-1969)
Used throughout his presidency.
19
Michelle Obama is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 55
Used during her time as First Lady.
20
Karenna Gore Schiff is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 45

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)
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)
Used throughout his presidency.
23
Happy Rockefeller is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 92
Used during Nelson Rockefeller's vice presidency - also known as "Stardust."
24
Edith Wilson is listed (or ranked) 24 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.
25
Sarah Palin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 55
Used during her 2008 campaign.