Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Name Game

According to Yahoo! Buzz, the code names for the new first family have been released. As you may (or may not, I don’t know) The Secret Service uses code names for The President, The First Lady and their children as well as for other other prominent persons and locations. From TV shows and novels, you are probably already familiar with POTUS (President of the United States) and FLOTUS (First Lady of The United States), but each person also gets their own monicker, too.

This time they’ve chosen “Renegade” for President Elect Obama, “Renaissance” for Michele Obama. Daughter Malia will be known as “Radiance” and little Sasha is “Rosebud.” No idea what the future First Puppy will be named or code named, for that matter, but if it were me, I don’t think I could resist getting a pit bull puppy and calling it Lipstick :)

During the election, John McCain was “Phoenix”, well because he’s from AZ and Cindy McCain, “Parasol”. Sarah Palin was called “Denali” after Alaska’s highest mountain peak and Todd Palin was known as “Driller”.

I don’t know why the Secret Service uses code names because they really don’t keep them a secret, but I always think it’s interesting to see what kinds of names they come up with. Just in case you’re interested, here’s a list of some of the code names for Presidents and their families over the years.

Dwight Eisenhower - Scorecard or Providence
John F. Kennedy - Lancer
Jacqueline Kennedy - Lace
Caroline Kennedy - Lyric
Lyndon Johnson - Volunteer
Lady Bird Johnson - Victoria
Richard Nixon - Searchlight
Pat Nixon - Starlight
Gerald Ford - Pass Key
Betty Ford - Pinafore
Jimmy Carter - Lock Master / Deacon
Rosalynn Carter - Dancer
Amy Carter - Dynamo
Chip Carter - Diamond
Jack Carter - Derby
Jeff Carter - Deckhand
Ronald Reagan - Rawhide
Nancy Reagan - Rainbow
Doria Reagan - Radiant
Maureen Reagan - Rhyme, Rosebud
Michael Reagan - Riddler
Patti Davis - Ribbon
Ron Reagan - Reliant
George H. W. Bush - Timberwolf
Barbara Bush - Snowbank or Tranquility
Marvin Bush - Tuner
Neil Bush - Trapline
Jeb Bush - Tripper
Bill Clinton - Eagle
Hillary Clinton - Evergreen
Chelsea Clinton - Energy
George W. Bush - Tumbler
Laura Bush - Tempo
Jenna Bush - Twinkle


JohnH985 said...

You know I find it kind of funny that Sarah Palin's codename is so close to Denial.

Crystal said...


Dustin said...

And here I was thinking it was funny that Palin's codename was also the name of a type of big SUV...the kind a hockey mom might drive? lol

But you're right, Jessica. What's with code names if they don't keep them a secret. Maybe THAT'S the secret...maybe they announce the code names so they can use their real names without fear of people knowing who they're talking about!