Secret Service Code Names


Brent Cannon:
Brent CannonThe first family is gearing up for life in the White House and all the changes that come with being the nation’s First Family.

Today, we reported on the new “code” names the Secret Service gave each member of the President’s family. Barak Obama is known as “Renegade.” Michelle Obama will be “Renaissance” and their daughters will be “Radiance” and “Rosebud.” The names were actually given a while back. All the candidates had them during the campaigns. Sarah Palin was “Denali.”


Why do we need these code names? I guess so that when the Secret Service is watching out for them at various events they can communicate to each other, and perhaps people who might be able to tap into the communication airwaves won’t know who they are talking about. Except – everybody and their dog knows the code names! Media across the country are talking about it. So why bother. Why not just say, “Unit two, here comes Barak – Unit three, Michelle has gone into the house”?

And who comes up with these names? Does the first family have any say? Notice they all start with “R.” When the Obama’s get that new puppy, his code name can be “Rover.”

Oh, and by the way, the Vice President and his family have names too. Joe Biden’s is “Celtic.”

So, if you are Secretary of State do you feel a little ripped off? Like, you are “in” if you hold a cabinet post – but you are “in in” if you are the Prez or Vice Prez.

Since everybody knows the code names – are they fake code names – and only the Secret Service knows the “real” code names? Are there ‘double top secret’ code names?

According to Internet research I did, the code names began with the Truman administration. President Truman’s name was “General.” Dwight Eisenhower was known as “Providence.” And John F. Kennedy – suggesting a Camelot theme, was “Lancer.”

Brent Cannon
NBC Bay Area Anchor


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