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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1,038 246
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Ronald Reagan - "Rawhide" Died at 93 (1911-2004) - Used throughout his presidency.

2
784 223
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Jacqueline Kennedy - "Lace" Died at 65 (1929-1994) - Used throughout her time as First Lady.

3
800 232
Roger Clinton, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Roger Clinton, Jr. - "Headache" age 61 - Used throughout his half-brother's presidency.

4
618 193
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
John F. Kennedy - "Lancer" Died at 46 (1917-1963) - Used throughout his presidency.

5
499 197
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Harry S. Truman - "General" Died at 88 (1884-1972) - Used throughout his presidency.

6
646 278
Nancy Reagan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Nancy Reagan - "Rainbow" age 96 - Used during her time as First Lady.

7
511 211
Barbara Bush is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Barbara Bush - "Snowbank" age 92 - Used during her time as First Lady.

8
521 230
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
George H. W. Bush - "Timberwolf" age 93 - Used throughout his presidency.

9
451 218
Dick Cheney is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Dick Cheney - "Backseat" age 77 - Used during his time as President Ford's chief of staff - known as "Angler" during his vice presidency.

10
438 221
Bob Dole is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Bob Dole - "Ramrod" age 94 - Used during his 1976 campaign.

11
377 184
Jenna Bush Hager is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Jenna Bush Hager - "Twinkle" age 36 - Used throughout her father's presidency.

12
426 217
Charles, Prince of Wales is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Charles, Prince of Wales - "Unicorn" age 69 - Also known as "Principal."

13
429 234
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Frank Sinatra - "Napoleon" Died at 83 (1915-1998) - Given at the request of Richard Nixon.

14
358 189
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Dwight D. Eisenhower - "Scorecard" Died at 79 (1890-1969) - Used throughout his presidency.

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411 229
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
George W. Bush - "Tumbler" age 71 - Used during his 2000 campaign - known as "Trailblazer" throughout his presidency.

16
388 232
Newt Gingrich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Newt Gingrich - "T-Rex" age 74 - Used during his 2012 campaign.

17
330 191
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Eleanor Roosevelt - "Rover" Died at 78 (1884-1962) - Used throughout her time as First Lady.

18
296 183
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Richard Nixon - "Searchlight" Died at 81 (1913-1994) - Used throughout his presidency.

19
332 213
Karenna Gore Schiff is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Karenna Gore Schiff - "Smurfette" age 44 - Used throughout her father's time in office.

20
337 229
Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Ted Kennedy - "Sunburn" Died at 77 (1932-2009) - Used during his 1980 campaign.

21
247 158
Alexander Haig is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Alexander Haig - "Clawhammer" Died at 86 (1924-2010) - Used during his time as Richard Nixon's chief of staff.

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239 152
Edith Wilson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Edith Wilson - "Grandma" Died at 89 (1872-1961) - Used during her time as First Lady.

23
248 167
Betty Ford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Betty Ford - "Pinafore" Died at 93 (1918-2011) - Used during her time as First Lady.

24
225 155
Nelson Rockefeller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Nelson Rockefeller - "Sandstorm" Died at 71 (1908-1979) - Used throughout his vice presidency.

25
214 152
Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Henry Kissinger - "Woodcutter" age 94 - Used during his time as Richard Nixon's Secretary of State.

26
222 159
Happy Rockefeller is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Happy Rockefeller - "Shooting Star" age 91 - Used during Nelson Rockefeller's vice presidency - also known as "Stardust."

27
322 250
Sarah Palin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Sarah Palin - "Denali" age 54 - Used during her 2008 campaign.

28
481 389
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Barack Obama - "Renegade" age 56 - Used throughout his presidency.

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417 347
Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Donald Trump - "Mogul" age 71 - Used during his 2016 presidential campaign.

30
226 190
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Lyndon B. Johnson - "Volunteer" Died at 65 (1908-1973) - Used throughout his presidency.

31
224 189
Ben Carson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Ben Carson - "Eli" age 66 - Used during his 2016 presidential campaign.

32
203 170
Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Gerald Ford - "Pass Key" Died at 93 (1913-2006) - Used throughout his presidency.

33
203 177
Ron Nessen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Ron Nessen - "Clam Chowder" age 83 - Used during his time as Gerald Ford's press secretary.

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281 252
Joe Biden is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Joe Biden - "Celtic" age 75 - Used throughout his vice presidency.

35
358 349
Michelle Obama is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Michelle Obama - "Renaissance" age 54 - Used during her time as First Lady.

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164 162
Cindy McCain is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Cindy McCain - "Parasol" age 63 - Used during her husband's 2008 campaign.

37
187 189
Meghan McCain is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Meghan McCain - "Peter Sellers" age 33 - Used during her father's 2008 campaign.

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227 232
Todd Palin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Todd Palin - "Driller" age 53 - Used during his wife's 2008 campaign.

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278 286
Bernie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Bernie Sanders - "Intrepid" age 76 - Used during his 2016 presidential campaign.

40
196 202
Jimmy Carter is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Jimmy Carter - "Lock Master" age 93 - Used throughout his presidency - also known as "Deacon."

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180 188
Walter Mondale is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Walter Mondale - "Dragon" age 90 - Used throughout his vice presidency - also known as "Cavalier."

42
187 214
Paul Ryan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Paul Ryan - "Bowhunter" age 48 - Used during his 2012 campaign.

43
202 234
Mitt Romney is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Mitt Romney - "Javelin" age 71 - Used during his 2012 campaign.

44
169 207
Al Gore is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Al Gore - "Sawhorse" age 70 - Used throughout his vice presidency - also known as "Sundance."

45
146 180
Michael Dukakis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Michael Dukakis - "Peso" age 84 - Used during his 1988 campaign.

46
276 355
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Bill Clinton - "Eagle" age 71 - Used throughout his presidency.

47
123 197
Rick Santorum is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Rick Santorum - "Petrus" age 59 - Used during his 2012 campaign.

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226 362
Hillary Clinton is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Hillary Rodham Clinton - "Evergreen" age 70 - Used during her time as First Lady and her 2016 and 2008 campaigns.

49
168 283
Jesse Jackson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Jesse Jackson - "Thunder" age 76 - Used during his 1984 campaign.