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
1,230 278
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Dec. at 93 (1911-2004) - Used throughout his presidency.

2
973 257
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
939 245
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is listed (or ranked) 3 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.

4
727 228
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
592 229
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
611 239
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
638 255
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
746 315
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
540 252
Dick Cheney is listed (or ranked) 9 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.

10
460 212
Jenna Bush Hager is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 37 - Used throughout her father's presidency.

11
503 251
Charles, Prince of Wales is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 70 - Also known as "Principal."

12
507 258
Bob Dole is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 95 - Used during his 1976 campaign.

13
419 220
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Dec. at 79 (1890-1969) - Used throughout his presidency.

14
476 260
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
488 271
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 15 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.

16
394 220
Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 16 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.

17
446 268
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
350 212
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Dec. at 81 (1913-1994) - Used throughout his presidency.

19
393 244
Karenna Gore Schiff is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 45 -

Used throughout her father's time in office.

20
393 262
Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Dec. at 77 (1932-2009) - Used during his 1980 campaign.

21
291 186
Alexander Haig is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Dec. at 86 (1924-2010) - Used during his time as Richard Nixon's chief of staff.

22
281 179
Edith Wilson is listed (or ranked) 22 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.

23
291 195
Betty Ford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
Dec. at 93 (1918-2011) - Used during her time as First Lady.

24
394 279
Sarah Palin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 55 - Used during her 2008 campaign.

25
586 442
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Code Names the Secret Service Has Ever Used
age 57 - Used throughout his presidency.