Meet 'Renegade,' 'Rosebud,' 'Radiance,' 'Renaissance'

Secret Service will use 'R' names for First Family
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2008 9:08 AM CST
President Bush walks with President-elect Barack Obama down the Colonnade of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 10, 2008, to the Oval Office.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – John McCain called himself a “maverick,” but the Secret Service has dubbed Barack Obama the real “Renegade," according to the Chicago Tribune. In keeping with tradition that’s been around since Harry Truman (“General”), the agency has given the president-elect’s family corresponding alliterative code names: “Renaissance” (Michelle), “Radiance” (Malia) and “Rosebud” (Sasha).

Other code names:

  • “Celtic”—Vice President-elect Joe Biden
  • "Capri"—Jill Biden
  • “Denali”—Sarah Palin
  • "Tumbler"—President Bush
  • "Eagle"—President Clinton
  • "Evergreen"—Sen. Hillary Clinton