In 1981, Ronald Reagan set a new precedent – an actor became the president of the USA. It truly showed that the USA was a country where anyone could become president and that America was really the country where the sky was the limit. No wonder the national anthem is called “The Star-Sprangled Banner.” Reagan played a crucial role as the president of this nation.
But few can remember this US leader without remembering that he was once an actor, common in Western roles. The Secret Service did not forget this fact as the 40th president of America was given the code name “Rawhide” as a reference to his roles on the silver screen. “Rawhide” was a particular allusion to Ronald Reagan’s performances in Westerns and his passion for ranching.
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.
The last person who would probably tell you their Secret Service code name is Karenna Gore. Karenna Aitcheson Gore is the eldest daughter of former vice president Al Gore and former Second Lady Tipper Gore. In many ways, Gore’s eldest daughter has followed in her father’s footsteps. She is a prominent climate activist who got involved in campaigns against the construction of pipelines for fuel and fracking.
Karenna Gore has her father’s passion for climate activism as she was arrested at an anti-fracking demonstration in 2016. As said, Gore would be the last person to tell you her code name, which is “Smurfette.” That’s probably a good thing because it keeps it secret. The reason for the odd code name was Gore was only 19 when she chose it.
Not to be confused with Barbara Pierce Bush with two same namesakes, but the original Barbara Bush, who was married to George H.W. Bush before her death in 2018, was known to the Secret Service by the code name “Tranquillity.” Out of all the Secret Service codenames, this one is definitely the most complimentary, and the fact that it was assigned to Barbara Bush by the Secret Service must say something about her character.
What is a testament to this fact – her having a tranquil nature – is that she was married to George H. W. Bush for 73 years. After Jimmy and Roselyn Carter’s marriage, they became the second-longest presidential couple to be married. The couple has six children, 14 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren surviving them.