Did You Know That Presidents And Candidates Have A Secret Service Code Names? Check Out The Story Behind It

Published on 01/04/2021
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A lengthy list of benefits, including the Secret Service code’s personalized name, comes with being a President or a First Family member. Secrets are out, and the identities of the presidents, candidates, and the first family members of the past and present have been revealed. We’ve got the amazing story behind some of these odd names, from the apt to the completely weird.

Secret Service Code Names Of Presidents And Candidates That You Probably Don't Know...Until Now

Secret Service Code Names Of Presidents And Candidates That You Probably Don’t Know Until Now

Richard Nixon: Searchlight

Choosing presidential code names has several possibilities. White House Communications Agency also selects them for each president, and often presidents will select their own specific communication specialists. No one understands how Nixon got the code name “Searchlight.” A lot of publicity was paid to this satirical code name during the Watergate controversy and the inquiry afterward. There was a searchlight on him as the scandal worked out. In comparison, his mom, Pat, was named Starlight.

Richard Nixon: Searchlight

Richard Nixon: Searchlight

Bill Clinton: Eagle

As former President Bill Clinton is so well recognized, that is the reason the Secret Service was there to defend him. Although Clinton was assigned the codename Eagle for patriotic reasons, there were several interests involved. Clinton is also one of the most controversial leaders of all time. Like his former Boy Scout, Clinton made his way to become an Eagle Scout, a long-held family practice.

Bill Clinton: Eagle

Bill Clinton: Eagle

Jimmy Carter: Deacon

Jimmy Carter, the longest-lived ruler, is also the first to cross the age of 95. He is one of the few leaders to teach Sunday school lessons throughout his childhood routinely. In reality, Carter was able to keep teaching at the Maranatha Baptist Church, even after his presidency. It is no surprise the Secret Service called him Deacon, considering his Baptist roots. His wife was called Performer, while his oldest girl, Amy, was assigned the code name Dynamo.

Jimmy Carter: Deacon

Jimmy Carter: Deacon

Ronald Reagan: Rawhide

As President Reagan, I can see that the West is recognized as the Wild West. Reagan then relocated to California and soon started his career as an actress. He wanted to behave like a Western celebrity after featuring in several films. He named Reagan “made a name for himself” in secret. (The code name is expected to originate from his Western film heritage and Western picture. It has not been confirmed.) He campaigned for the White House.

Ronald Reagan: Rawhide

Ronald Reagan: Rawhide

Hillary Clinton: Evergreen

When a president is assigned a secret service code name, it is a tradition that his (or her) family gets a code name beginning with the same letter. In Hillary Clinton’s situation, her name needed to begin with an E. And her daughter’s name needed to begin with a C. Clinton received codename Evergreen. Indeed, the code name was so evergreen that Hillary Clinton used the same code name for her Presidential bid in 2016. They called their daughter Electricity.

Hillary Clinton: Evergreen

Hillary Clinton: Evergreen

John F. Kennedy: Lancer

One of the most horrific American stories is the murder of John F. Kennedy. And after the former first lady’s heart-wrenching conversation with Life Magazine, she cited her husband’s favorite line from the “Camelot” musical. The newspapers and then the whole country started to equate the Kennedy Administration with Camelot’s magical love legend and the Round Table Knights. Code name of Kennedy was already Lancer.

John F. Kennedy: Lancer

John F. Kennedy: Lancer

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: Lace

Via her fashion, Jacqueline Kennedy has remained one of the most influential personalities in all fashion. Her clothes helped create fashion statements, such as pills and suit coats. This is no mystery that the name was drawn from a fashionable “Jackie O” dress. The Secret Service even provided L-theme to John F. Kennedy Jr.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: Lace

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: Lace

Harry Truman: General

Secret Service officers didn’t really help presidents. It wasn’t until Harry Truman, the 33rd U.S. The Secret Service started to train a President. He was dubbed the “General” and the first President to obtain a Secret Service code name. His name was given by neither mother nor father. He was just a lieutenant in World War I, which made him not a general. The real-life former Army General may have been Walter Mitty, the magazine story-teller.

Harry Truman: General

Harry Truman: General

Bernie Sanders: Intrepid

There is no need to be named president to have a secret service code name. After the general election, officers are allocated whether a presidential nominee gets high enough, or the audience is large enough to secure the Secret Service. Bernie Sanders missed the primaries. Sanders rejected health care in 2020. However, during the 2016 referendum, Sanders’ Secret Service code word was “Intrepid.” Donald Trump answered, jokingly, “What my own nickname would be is ‘Humble.'”

Bernie Sanders: Intrepid

Bernie Sanders: Intrepid

George H.W. Bush: Timberwolf

The USSS descriptions proceed until the word expires. They are typically designated to defend past presidents after they quit office. The president and his staff have developed a friendship. Agents had a close relationship with the former President. As with Winston, (name of the former president) shaved his head at 89 for a leukemia-diagnosed agent’s 2-year-old baby. He was so revered that the Secret Service tweeted that the details of his service were an achievement.

George H.W. Bush: Timberwolf

George H.W. Bush: Timberwolf

Barbara Bush: Tranquility

The Secret Service could not be noticed or seen. The police try their utmost to keep First Family visitors safe by being as invisible as possible. According to Secret Service agents who have spoken out, she is among the few who regarded them as family. “The United States Secret Service code name for Barbara Bush was Tranquility.”

Barbara Bush: Tranquility

Barbara Bush: Tranquility

Joe Biden: Celtic

Former vice presidents do not offer immunity for the remainder of their life, unlike former presidents. There is no longer any benefit. Former Vice President Joe Biden returned because he decided to run for president in 2020. His return information was likewise sent back to him. Biden used “Celtic” as his presidential campaign code word, the same name as vice president. It is a reference to his Irish-American origins.

Joe Biden: Celtic

Joe Biden: Celtic

Dwight Eisenhower: Providence and Scorecard

The Secret Service requires a code word. President Eisenhower had a different nickname during his career. As he was elected President, Eisenhower was dubbed “Providence.” No one is too sure why this individual doesn’t have Rhode Island as the last name. And Eisenhower was unaware of the nickname either. He modified his name to “Scorecard,” supposedly because of his love for golf in retirement.

Dwight Eisenhower: Providence and Scorecard

Dwight Eisenhower: Providence and Scorecard

Barack Obama: Renegade

Secret Service titles are used rather than allocated to certain previous leaders. But it doesn’t mean a president should pick any term at all. Special agents begin with a pre-selected message, have at least two syllables, and are easy to pinch clearly. He was issued a set of pre-approved names to pick from while former President Barack Obama was planning his security detail. Obama feels stronger branding himself “Renegade.”

Barack Obama: Renegade

Barack Obama: Renegade

Michelle Obama: Renaissance

The presidential practice persists for decades since a president can choose their own Secret Service code name. For each thread, they must pick a nickname beginning from a pre-determined list of letters. There might be several geographical variations in the games or events. Michelle Obama selected the word “Renaissance,” a name that has an influence and imagination. Malia was granted the name “Radiance,” while Sasha was named “Rosebud.”

Michelle Obama: Renaissance

Michelle Obama: Renaissance

George W. Bush: Tumbler and Trailblazer

In his book In the President’s Secret Service, Ronald Kessler claimed that “Tumbler” was the nickname George W. Bush gained as the sitting president’s son because of his cheerleading background, partly to his partying past, and partly to his well-known drinking. This shifted, during Bush’s tenure as president, to “Trailblazer.”

George W. Bush: Tumbler and Trailblazer

George W. Bush: Tumbler and Trailblazer

Mike Pence: Hoosier

He was Indiana’s governor until Mike Pence became U.S. Vice President and thus the nation’s second most influential individual. And Pence frequently alluded to his Indiana origins during the 2016 campaign and vowed to bring Indiana in the White House. And Pence’s Secret Service code word is ‘Hoosier,’ and it is focused on an Indiana person’s name.

Mike Pence: Hoosier

Mike Pence: Hoosier

Melania Trump: Muse

I think it’s safe to say that Melania Trump is the unique First Lady ever to set foot on the White House. She is the first not to have English as a first language in her role and is the first naturalized citizen to be the First Lady. The First Lady was born in Slovenia, moved first to Milan and Paris, and later in New York City. She had a long career as a model. So when a list of code names to choose from was given to the Trump family that began with the letter M, it’s no wonder that she chose to be referred to as Muse.

Melania Trump: Muse

Melania Trump: Muse

Donald Trump: Mogul

When he campaigned for the presidency, President Donald Trump used the Secret Service code name “Humble.” But although he might have come from these “humble” origins, the name shifted quickly when he took office. Provided his corporate background, he chose the new name “Mogul” in an unsurprising mood. The majority of the family often chose identical M titles, both under their hobbies.

Donald Trump: Mogul

Donald Trump: Mogul

Sarah Palin: Denali

Former Vice President and Governor Sarah Palin once joked that she might see Russia from her Alaska house. But while it may not be entirely accurate, when it came to choosing a name for Palin, the Secret Service was motivated by something literally in the politician’s backyard. Palin was assigned a name that fit her home state after Alaska’s National Park and was renamed “Denali.”

Sarah Palin: Denali

Sarah Palin: Denali

Mitt Romney: Javelin

When Secret Service offers a set of code names for presidential candidates, they are not completely arbitrary. The list is generally tailored to relate to particular items in the nominee’s history, or political brand, beyond fulfilling criteria. And this definitely applies to former candidate Mitt Romney, who goes by the name of the code Javelin. The link to the javelin from Romney is twofold.

Mitt Romney: Javelin

Mitt Romney: Javelin

Paul Ryan: Bowhunter

Any code names in the Secret Service code require some amount of clarity to grasp. The name of the Secret Service code of former Vice-Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan is definitely not one. Everyone who really thinks about the former House Speaker knows precisely why he chooses the code name Bowhunter. Bowhunting is Ryan’s favorite sport, so the name is apt.

Paul Ryan: Bowhunter

Paul Ryan: Bowhunter

Eleanor Roosevelt: Rover

The first to obtain the name of the Secret Service code was former President Harry Truman. But it turned out that she was not the first member of the First Family Secret Nickname. This recognizes First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt instead. During the 1942 World War II travel to England, Roosevelt was assigned her code name, “Rover.” She was in official state business, meeting American servants, according to the National Park Service.

Eleanor Roosevelt: Rover

Eleanor Roosevelt: Rover

Dick Cheney: Angler

Some also reportedly have been increasingly tongue-in-cheek as the code names of the Secret Service have grown. “They have a wry sense of humor about the way they give code names,” clarified Barton Gellman, the author of the biography of Dick Cheney named Angler after the code name of the former VP. “Cheney is an avid fisherman, obviously,” said Geller. “I thought it was a metaphor for the way he works.”

Dick Cheney: Angler

Dick Cheney: Angler

Roger Clinton: Headache

We realize that Roger Clinton was never a president, vice president, or first lady, but we do not skip a chance to share the Secret Service’s code name. It turns out that during the Clinton administration, the younger half-brother of the former president, Roger Clinton, was assigned the code name ‘Headache.’ Owing to his antics, the New York Times mentioned getting the less-than-flattering code name that

Roger Clinton: Headache

Roger Clinton: Headache

Kamala Harris: Pioneer

In August 2020, Senator Harris was named the Democratic ticket vice-presidential candidate. And with that tremendous influence comes great accountability, the Secret Service’s great code word. Her “Pioneer.” moniker was revealed shortly after she debuted with presidential hopeful Joe Biden, and the name appears to suit perfectly with her groundbreaking appointment. Harris is the first Black woman to enter the president’s nickname.

Kamala Harris: Pioneer

Kamala Harris: Pioneer

Jill Biden: Capri

As presidential or vice-presidential candidates select a code name, it is common for the future first or second lady to choose their own name for the same first word. So Jill selected “Capri” while Joe Biden chose “Celtic.” So why did the former Second Lady choose that name exactly? Though we’re not entirely sure, we’ll say it has little to do with her preference for capri pants.

Jill Biden: Capri

Jill Biden: Capri

Ben Carson: Eli

Remember when, for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, Ben Carson has deemed a front runner in a short period? Besides Donald Trump, Carson was the only other GOP nominee to obtain Secret Service protection. And of course, a code name came with that safety. Carson chose the name of Eli’s code, and a name said to have two forms. First, it was a reference to his college days.

Ben Carson: Eli

Ben Carson: Eli

Ted Kennedy: Sunburn

Voters often choose secret Service nicknames. On other occasions, a sequence of accidental incidents winds up landing less than pleasing anyone with a Secret Service code name. His fair face, bare all day in the heat, gave a fairly awful red complexion and a hilarious code name to Senator Ted Kennedy. Yeah, it was rumored that the Secret Service started naming Kennedy after a couple of unpleasant burns.

Ted Kennedy: Sunburn

Ted Kennedy: Sunburn

Karen Pence: Hummingbird

When Second Lady Karen Pence was told she would have to pick a Secret Service code name that began with the letter H, there was no doubt what she would choose for herself. A massive nature enthusiast, Pence allegedly selected the name ‘Hummingbird’ after her all-time favorite bird. And her appreciation of the smaller animals of nature is expressed not just in her Secret Service code name.

Karen Pence: Hummingbird

Karen Pence: Hummingbird

Al Gore: Sawhorse and Sundance

On the 2000 campaign trail, Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore made cracks to his own detriment. He would comment to a laughing audience, “Al Gore is so boring; his Secret Service code name is Al Gore.” But apparently, it wasn’t true……we believe. Al Gore’s Secret Service’s acronym was ‘Sawhorse’ when he was vice president and ‘Sundance’ when he campaigned for the presidential seat, reported at the presidential seat.

Al Gore: Sawhorse and Sundance

Al Gore: Sawhorse and Sundance

John McCain: Phoenix

John McCain is regarded as an inspirational army hero and a lover and fierce representative of his home state. So it makes sense that his secret service code name is Phoenix. The name was a reference to Arizona’s nickname. It is a second acknowledgment of McCain’s combat background, and that he can rise from the ashes of battle. After McCain expired, the Secret Service posted that “Phoenix- May You Rest in Peace.”

John McCain: Phoenix

John McCain: Phoenix

Lyndon Johnson: Volunteer

LBJ was dubbed “LBJ” by his Secret Service officers because he liked to hire volunteers to perform work he didn’t want to do. Nothing is clear on whether Johnson was assigned the secret service code name. Johnson took over for President Kennedy until he was assassinated. Some reflected on how the name seemed strangely fitting for anyone that accidentally became President.

Lyndon Johnson: Volunteer

Lyndon Johnson: Volunteer

Tim Kaine: Daredevil

Any Congressmen, including Senator Tim Kaine. Ok, a guy who’s ever met Kaine isn’t the most political person of all. When the list of USSS participants was revealed, a few smirks were heard from the audience. The real code name is Daredevil, not common. In comparison, the nickname that the Daily Caller selected was so ill-fitting that it came off as a deliberate self-parody. Instead, they chose the nickname “generic.”

Tim Kaine: Daredevil

Tim Kaine: Daredevil

Gerald Ford: Passkey

Although nothing is known about Ford’s personal life, there are a few other secrets about him, such as his initials, that the Secret Service spilled. Ford was a bad tipper. Ford took fewer resources with him, adding to a poor name. Ford also had just $1 in his wallet, which didn’t go too far on golf courses. Now and then, the president called for spare change from his security guards.

Gerald Ford: Passkey

Gerald Ford: Passkey

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