9 Of The Most Fascinating Secret Service Code Names For U.S. Presidents

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Did you know that the Secret Service gives code names to the President of the United States and their families? Can you guess what some of the past code names have been?

Read on to find out some of the most clever and iconic code names of past U.S. Presidents.


1. Rawhide

Ronald Reagan
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You might think rawhide is a more suitable nickname for a dog, but this was the Secret Service code name that belonged to Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States. His code name was a result of his love for ranching and his past appearances as an actor in westerns.

2. Providence

Dwight Eisenhower
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This code name was for Dwight Eisenhower. However, when he retired, he was known as Scorecard because he loved golf.


3. Lancer

John F. Kennedy
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Lancer was the Secret Service code name for John F. Kennedy. His administration was often compared to the Arthurian legend of Camelot and he was compared to Lancelot.

4. Deacon

Jimmy Carter
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Deacon belonged to Jimmy Carter because he was very religious and a member of the Baptist church. After he retired, he went on to teach Sunday school.

5. Eagle

Bill Clinton
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Bill Clinton had the code name Eagle. Everyone in his family was given a code name that began with the letter E. Hillary Clinton was given the name Evergreen.

6. Searchlight

Richard Nixon
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This code name belonged to Richard Nixon. He left office after trying to cover up the Watergate Scandal; this behavior put him in the “searchlight” and led to his resignation.

7. Timberwolf

George HW Bush
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This code name was for George H.W. Bush, but no one is sure what it means. His wife Barbara Bush was given the code name Tranquility.

8. Trailblazer

George W. Bush

When George W. Bush entered the White House, he was given the name Trailblazer. His previous code name when he was just the son of a President was Tumbler.


9. Renegade

Barack Obama
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Barack Obama actually chose this code name after he got to choose from a list of names that started with an R. His wife Michelle is Renaissance, and daughters Malia and Sasha are Radiance and Rosebud.

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