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Monday, November 10, 2008

Tumbler and Tempo, Meet Renegade and Renaissance

posted by on November 10 at 11:51 AM

New Secret Service code names for the Obamas:

Barack Obama: Renegade
Michelle Obama: Renaissance
Malia Obama: Radiance
Sasha Obama: Rosebud

Joe Biden: Celtic
Jill Biden: Capri

George W. Bush: Tumbler
Laura Bush: Tempo

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Love the Obama ones. Couldn't be more perfect.

I get Celtic and Tumbler, but I don't know the stories behind Capri and Tempo...

Posted by Julie in Chicago | November 10, 2008 11:59 AM

this is old news!

Posted by ian | November 10, 2008 12:00 PM

tumber? is that true? not whiskeyface, or echochamber?

Posted by superyeadon | November 10, 2008 12:04 PM

Why do you have a code name if we all know what it is?

Posted by el | November 10, 2008 12:04 PM

The code names are just a tradition now, they're not important for security anymore. Before their communications were encrypted, it was important, and the names were actually secret.

Posted by Anthony Hecht | November 10, 2008 12:13 PM

If I were Obama I would have asked for 'Maverick' instead.

Posted by John | November 10, 2008 12:21 PM

Also, they work well as unique identifiers to avoid confusion, and also for clarity when communicating over walkie talkies, or cell phones or whatever.

Posted by A | November 10, 2008 12:22 PM

Huh. I always figured it was like the NATO Phonetic Alphabet - terms picked to be easily discerned in a noisy environment.

Unfortunately, these just look like someone was being cute and alliterative.

Posted by opticsdoug | November 10, 2008 12:22 PM

The Obama ones are really charming. :)

Posted by violet_dagrinder | November 10, 2008 12:25 PM

Doesn't Renegade= Maverick?

That must really piss McCain off. HA!

Posted by Mmalicious | November 10, 2008 12:46 PM


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Posted by Original Monique | November 10, 2008 12:47 PM

JFK was called "Lancer", which seems appropriate.

Posted by Mahtli69 | November 10, 2008 1:31 PM

I especially appreciated the last three mentioned in the article ;)

Posted by Clint | November 10, 2008 2:33 PM

Why do they use code names if the code is not kept secret?

All these people already have public names.

Is this just the way Secret Service agents amuse themselves when nobody is trying to pass the motorcade in traffic.

Posted by Rain Monkey | November 10, 2008 2:35 PM

Chelsea Clinton was "Energy", Amy Carter was "Dynamo".

@#14, Rain Monkey,

Because its cool...and Obama's should be Mr. Fantastic or maybe 007.

Posted by yucca flowr | November 10, 2008 4:08 PM

this has been Obama's codename since the primaries.

the long list is pretty entertaining:

(as is the fact that there will be a Rosebud in the White House)

Posted by josh | November 10, 2008 5:10 PM

Was Tumbler named after the pretzel incident?

Posted by Steagle | November 10, 2008 5:18 PM

Not only is W Tumbler, but his brother Jeb is Tripper, from the days when they were part of Timberwolf (GHW Bush)'s First Family.

The Bush Kids: They fell down a lot.

The best, however, are the Palins: Denali and Driller. Stay classy, Secret Service!

Posted by JAltum | November 10, 2008 6:10 PM

Will the Secret Service agents be pronouncing "Celtic" with a hard initial C like "Capri" or with a soft initial C like the Boston NBA team?

Posted by Smarm | November 10, 2008 6:39 PM

I can think of a lot more appropriate names for Bush.

Posted by RainMan | November 10, 2008 7:15 PM

If I was Obama I would use Moron.

Posted by rsg | November 10, 2008 10:34 PM

I will be really pissed off if the Secret Service calls Biden "Seltic" instead of "Celtic." Really. Pissed. Off.

Posted by sarah | November 10, 2008 10:48 PM

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