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!
- 13,092527Used throughout her time as First Lady.
- 23,128551Used throughout his half-brother's presidency.
- 33,206599Used throughout his presidency.
- 42,041621Used throughout his presidency.
- 51,723592Used throughout his presidency.
- 61,747611Used during her time as First Lady.
- 71,773668Used throughout his presidency.
- 81,810757Used during her time as First Lady.
- 91,573653Also known as "Principal."
- 101,339548Used throughout her father's presidency.
- 111,564662Used during his time as President Ford's chief of staff - known as "Angler" during his vice presidency.
- 122,3291,110Used throughout his presidency.
- 131,275620Given at the request of Richard Nixon.
- 141,310645Used during his 2000 campaign - known as "Trailblazer" throughout his presidency.
- 151,091569Used throughout her time as First Lady.
- 161,7771,024Used during her time as First Lady.
- 171,173665Used during his 1976 campaign.
- 181,144654Used during his 2012 campaign.
- 19950564Used throughout his presidency.
Used throughout her father's time in office.
- 21890594Used during his 1980 campaign.
- 22835571Used throughout his presidency.
- 23630470Used during Nelson Rockefeller's vice presidency - also known as "Stardust."
- 24892694Used during her 2008 campaign.
- 25628481Used during her time as First Lady.