pressing the mind grapes: code names
So today I posted an item on Gapers Block about the Obamas’ Secret Service code names. I don’t suppose that POTUS or VPOTUS get to pick the names, so whose job is it to decide? Is it in the job description of one or two very special Secret Service agents to come up with these names.
The Obama names are:
- Renegade (Barack)
- Renaissance (Michelle)
- Radiance (Malia)
- Rosebud (Sasha)
The girls’ names make me go all “Aw!” inside. Totally appropriate and adorable. Renegade and Renaissance could be, like, the coolest G.I. Joe couple ever.
I wonder if extended family get Secret Service code names as well? When Michelle’s mother Marian Robinson is visiting, what is her code name? I have some suggestions:
- Rhumba (woo!)
The Biden names are:
- Celtic (Joe)
- Capri (Jill)
I love the Biden names. Hard C sound for both names, which refer to their ancestry to boot — Irish for Joe, Italian for Jill.
If I had my choice, I’d have to choose Penguin or Puffin, after my favorite birds. But then Holly Madison used to call Hugh Hefner “Puffin” when they dated (as shown on the E! tv show “Girls Next Door”), so I guess that’s been ruined.
Thoughts on your own Secret Service code name, if you had one? Leave it in the comments please.