​Secret Service Code Names for White House​​

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September 13, 2021

The United States Secret Service uses code names for U.S. presidents, first ladies, and other prominent persons and locations. They are assigned by the White House Communications Agency. WHCA was originally created as the White House Signal Detachment under Franklin Roosevelt.

This is a list of 10 code names used by the Secret Service.

Renegade - President Barack Obama opted for this moniker after being presented with a list of names beginning with the letter “R.” As custom dictates, the rest of his family’s code names will be alliterative: wife Michelle is known as “Renaissance;” daughters Malia and Sasha are “Radiance” and “Rosebud,” respectively.

Lancer - President John F. Kennedy’s moniker meshed well with the “Camelot” theme of his Administration. It also works as a play on “Lancelot,” King Arthur’s notoriously womanizing knight. Was it a coincidence?

Searchlight - For a chief executive undone by the late-night break-in at the Watergate Hotel, and the subsequent coverup, President Richard Nixon’s Secret Service nickname - a device that reveals all - is deeply ironic.

Deacon - President Jimmy Carter, the former Georgia governor, a devout Baptist, taught Sunday school even while occupying the Oval Office; his code-name was a fitting choice.

Rawhide - For President Ronald Reagan who once starred in Westerns, this moniker was a perfect fit.

Angler - Though Vice-President Dick Cheney’s codename no doubt derived from his love of fishing, it also aptly described the his knack for pressing his agenda behind the scenes. Washington Post reporter Barton Gellman liked the name enough to use it as the title for his book on the Cheney vice presidency.

That’s the 10 list. There are plenty of other tools that the Secret Service uses. It seems that the code names are a great fit.