It is hard to believe that a president who governed the USA in the late 80s and 90s also served in World War Two. What is more incredible is that that same president also lived 25 years after his last year in office. We are speaking about none other than George H. W. Bush or George Bush Senior. When he was 18 years old, Bush senior enlisted in the US Navy. It was during his military days that Bush earned his nickname “Skin.”
The Secret Service only knew the senior Bush by one name – “Timberwolf.” When Bush was 43 years old, he was elected US Representative for Texas’s 7th District. From there, the senior Bush climbed the political ranks, rising to the roles of vice president and then president.
It is unsurprising that so many Kennedys are on this list, given that so many of them went into politics. Given the prevalence of the Kennedys going into politics and given that there are so many dead Kennedys – the name of a band – perhaps the Secret Service needs to rethink its services.
Edward Moore Kennedy, more popularly known as Ted Kennedy or the Lion of the Senate, also went into politics. Though this Kennedy was called the Lion of the State, he did not meet the same demise as his older brothers, JFK and Robert Kennedy. Though his brothers are very well-known, Ted Kennedy had had a long history in politics, helping to write over 300 bills. His Secret Service code name was “Sunburn.”
Some might remember the Republican candidate who took Barack Obama on in the 2008 elections. While McCain fell short of becoming the 44th US president, the Republican candidate has had a dazzling career in politics. Since 1993, McCain had numerous political offices, including starting out as a US Representative for Arizona’s first district in 1993 to the rank of US Senator for the same state.
Unfortunately, the late US Senator was diagnosed with brain cancer during his time in this position and ultimately succumbed to the disease in 2018. Interestingly, McCain’s nicknames are “Maverick” and “John Wayne” – which are a nod to his days in the military – but the Secret Service gave him the code name “Phoenix.” No surprises there as he was a US Senator for Arizona.
Considering that her father is the legendary – and infamous – Dick Cheney, it is hard not to believe that Elizabeth Cheney would be a firecracker in her own political right. When looking at Elizabeth Cheney’s views and those of her father, it is hard to miss the similarity. And this expression applies to no one better than Elizabeth Cheney, the eldest Cheney daughter.
Elizabeth Cheney studied Law at the University of Chicago Law School, but she also took on studies of Middle Eastern history. Little wonder Cheney became a suitable candidate for the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs and Coordinator for Broader Middle East and North Africa Initiatives. The Secret Service code name for Elizabeth Cheney is “Apollo.”
Queen Elizabeth II
It is only fair to mention the late Queen Elizabeth II on this list. Certainly, she is not a US president or is not connected to any presidential family, but she was the queen of the United Kingdom and a member of the royal family. If anyone needed protection from the Secret Service, it would be the Queen of England. Thus, it only makes sense that Queen Elizabeth II was given the Secret Service code name “Kittyhawk.”
The Kittyhawk or Curtiss P-40 Warhawk (which was its official name) was a fighter airplane that the Royal Australian Airforce used against the Japanese during World War Two. Considering that Queen Elizabeth contributed much to the war effort, it stands to reason that this is the reason she had this code name.