Rejected Secret Service Code Names For The President And First Lady

The agency has settled on “Mogul” for Donald and “Muse” for Melania, but those weren’t the first choices

Allan Ishac
3 min readJan 16, 2017

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In November, the Secret Service asked agents to suggest code names for the new president and first lady. The agency specified that both nicknames had to start with the same letter, as has been the custom for the past twelve presidential couples. They received a record number of submissions.

Some name pairings sounded regal, most were unsuitable and ultimately rejected…but still pretty funny. We’ve posted the rejects here, along with accompanying agent rationales.

FAKENEWS / FAKEBOOBS: “And fake presidency, for a first-ever triple fake!” — Special Agent Corey Buzard

WINDBAG / WINGNUT: “He’s a blabbermouth, she’s a blubber head.” — Carl Lespener, Special Agent in Charge, White House Detail

PUPPET / PAWN: “Mayday, mayday…marionette dangling from White House roof, send scissors!” — Special Officer Amy Spicer

ORANGUTAN / OCELOT: “If it’s going to be a circus for four years, let’s have us some animals.” — Special Agent Melanie Andreas, LA Office

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Allan Ishac

Author of The Mystic In The Mews (themysticinthemews.com). Satirist. Humor writer. Former advertising creative director. Visit me at allanishac.com.