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!
- 1Dec. at 65 (1929-1994)Used throughout her time as First Lady.
- 2Used throughout his half-brother's presidency.
- 3Dec. at 93 (1911-2004)Used throughout his presidency.
- 4Dec. at 46 (1917-1963)Used throughout his presidency.
- 5Dec. at 88 (1884-1972)Used throughout his presidency.
- 6Age: 95Used during her time as First Lady.
- 7Used throughout his presidency.
- 8Age: 99Used during her time as First Lady.
- 9Also known as "Principal."
- 10Age: 38Used throughout her father's presidency.
- 11Age: 79Used during his time as President Ford's chief of staff - known as "Angler" during his vice presidency.
- 12Age: 59Used throughout his presidency.
- 13Dec. at 83 (1915-1998)Given at the request of Richard Nixon.
- 14Age: 74Used during his 2000 campaign - known as "Trailblazer" throughout his presidency.
- 15Dec. at 78 (1884-1962)Used throughout her time as First Lady.
- 16Used during her time as First Lady.
- 17Age: 97Used during his 1976 campaign.
- 18Age: 77Used during his 2012 campaign.
- 19Dec. at 79 (1890-1969)Used throughout his presidency.
Used throughout her father's time in office.
- 21Dec. at 77 (1932-2009)Used during his 1980 campaign.
- 22Dec. at 81 (1913-1994)Used throughout his presidency.
- 23Used during Nelson Rockefeller's vice presidency - also known as "Stardust."
- 24Age: 56Used during her 2008 campaign.
- 25Dec. at 89 (1872-1961)Used during her time as First Lady.