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
2,387 433
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
2,412 468
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
2,588 516
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
1,627 488
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
1,355 476
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
1,367 508
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
1,417 546
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
1,493 635
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
1,214 523
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
1,221 543
Dick Cheney is listed (or ranked) 10 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.
11
1,032 461
Jenna Bush Hager is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 37
Used throughout her father's presidency.
12
1,758 906
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
1,016 508
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
1,049 528
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
858 457
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
971 542
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
912 540
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
1,340 828
Michelle Obama is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 55
Used during her time as First Lady.
19
767 469
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)
Used throughout his presidency.
20
780 503
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
719 495
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
670 463
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
510 378
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
508 385
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
720 577
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.