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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1,119 264
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Died at 93 (1911-2004) - Used throughout his presidency.

2
875 239
Roger Clinton, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 61 - Used throughout his half-brother's presidency.

3
850 236
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Died at 65 (1929-1994) - Used throughout her time as First Lady.

4
670 204
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Died at 46 (1917-1963) - Used throughout his presidency.

5
544 212
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Died at 88 (1884-1972) - Used throughout his presidency.

6
690 291
Nancy Reagan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 96 - Used during her time as First Lady.

7
551 225
Barbara Bush is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 92 - Used during her time as First Lady.

8
567 243
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 93 - Used throughout his presidency.

9
487 229
Dick Cheney is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 77 - Used during his time as President Ford's chief of staff - known as "Angler" during his vice presidency.

10
409 199
Jenna Bush Hager is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 36 - Used throughout her father's presidency.

11
468 236
Bob Dole is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 94 - Used during his 1976 campaign.

12
458 230
Charles, Prince of Wales is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 69 - Also known as "Principal."

13
460 247
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Died at 83 (1915-1998) - Given at the request of Richard Nixon.

14
382 201
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Died at 79 (1890-1969) - Used throughout his presidency.

15
438 241
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 71 - Used during his 2000 campaign - known as "Trailblazer" throughout his presidency.

16
355 203
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Died at 78 (1884-1962) - Used throughout her time as First Lady.

17
413 246
Newt Gingrich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 74 - Used during his 2012 campaign.

18
356 225
Karenna Gore Schiff is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 44 - Used throughout her father's time in office.

19
315 195
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Died at 81 (1913-1994) - Used throughout his presidency.

20
362 242
Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Died at 77 (1932-2009) - Used during his 1980 campaign.

21
268 169
Alexander Haig is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Died at 86 (1924-2010) - Used during his time as Richard Nixon's chief of staff.

22
256 163
Edith Wilson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Died at 89 (1872-1961) - Used during her time as First Lady.

23
264 181
Betty Ford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Died at 93 (1918-2011) - Used during her time as First Lady.

24
242 166
Nelson Rockefeller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Died at 71 (1908-1979) - Used throughout his vice presidency.

25
354 259
Sarah Palin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 54 - Used during her 2008 campaign.

26
531 409
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 56 - Used throughout his presidency.

27
238 170
Happy Rockefeller is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 91 - Used during Nelson Rockefeller's vice presidency - also known as "Stardust."

28
229 164
Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 94 - Used during his time as Richard Nixon's Secretary of State.

29
468 371
Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 71 - Used during his 2016 presidential campaign.

30
244 201
Ben Carson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 66 - Used during his 2016 presidential campaign.

31
242 205
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Died at 65 (1908-1973) - Used throughout his presidency.

32
215 183
Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Died at 93 (1913-2006) - Used throughout his presidency.

33
216 189
Ron Nessen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 83 - Used during his time as Gerald Ford's press secretary.

34
295 269
Joe Biden is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 75 - Used throughout his vice presidency.

35
390 370
Michelle Obama is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 54 - Used during her time as First Lady.

36
175 172
Cindy McCain is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 63 - Used during her husband's 2008 campaign.

37
303 305
Bernie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 76 - Used during his 2016 presidential campaign.

38
242 244
Todd Palin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 53 - Used during his wife's 2008 campaign.

39
212 215
Jimmy Carter is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 93 - Used throughout his presidency - also known as "Deacon."

40
200 207
Meghan McCain is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 33 - Used during her father's 2008 campaign.

41
192 202
Walter Mondale is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 90 - Used throughout his vice presidency - also known as "Cavalier."

42
218 245
Mitt Romney is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 71 - Used during his 2012 campaign.

43
199 231
Paul Ryan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 48 - Used during his 2012 campaign.

44
154 196
Michael Dukakis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 84 - Used during his 1988 campaign.

45
297 377
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 71 - Used throughout his presidency.

46
176 229
Al Gore is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 70 - Used throughout his vice presidency - also known as "Sundance."

47
131 212
Rick Santorum is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 59 - Used during his 2012 campaign.

48
179 302
Jesse Jackson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 76 - Used during his 1984 campaign.

49
237 391
Hillary Clinton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 70 - Used during her time as First Lady and her 2016 and 2008 campaigns.