Tuesday, September 4, 2012

GOP/Veep Ryan given hunting-related code name

This is re-efiled from Yahoo News and is interesting, especially as Ohioans and archery buffs in other states get ready for their respective deer-hunting seasons:

Paul Ryan’s Secret Service code name: ‘Bowhunter’

By | The Ticket – 5 hrs ago

Paul Ryan, who received Secret Service protection last month after being picked as Mitt Romney's running mate, has his new Secret Service code name to brandish: "Bowhunter."

A campaign official told GQ's Marc Ambinder that Ryan—a skilled archer and deer hunter whose kills are well-documented—chose the code name himself.

Ryan's wife, Janna, is "Buttercup."

Romney, who has had Secret Service protection since January, is known as "Javelin"—a handle that could refer to a vintage muscle car manufactured by American Motors Corp., where Romney's father, George, was once chairman.

President Barack Obama's Secret Service code name, chosen during his 2008 presidential campaign, is "Renegade." Michelle Obama's code name is "Renaissance," while first daughters Malia and Sasha go by 

"Radiance" and "Rosebud," respectively.

Obama's opponent in the 2008 election, Sen. John McCain, was "Phoenix," a nod to his home state. 

McCain's running mate, Sarah Palin, was "Denali."

The code name tradition dates back to when communications between the Secret Service and White House Military Office were not encrypted.

"Given modern capabilities to secure communications through encryption," Ed Donovan, spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service, told GQ in March, "there is no longer any security relevance to protectee call signs."

And related/unrelated to this is what I remember about then-V.P. Dick Chaney whose Secret Service code name was "Angler." Made sense, given Chaney's love of fly-fishing for trout.

That, plus while a code name or "Quail" or "Birdman" might have made equal sense, the Veep's shooting of a friend while on a Texas quail hunt would have given the Secret Service pause.

Oh, and I remember the AMC Javelin, too. A muscle car of sorts back in the day.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn
Twitter: @Fieldkorn

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