Renegade is on the move

Barack Obama's Secret Service name is somewhat apt.

By Thomas Schaller
Published November 11, 2008 7:15PM (UTC)
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The Chicago Trib reports that Barack Obama's Secret Service code name is "Renegade." (Question: A code name is not necessarily like a password, but shouldn't it be kept secret?)

Meanwhile, Michelle Obama is Renaissance, Malia is Radiance and Sasha is Rosebud. I’m told there is a pattern, here but I cannot seem to figure it out -- even with the help of the decoder ring I got from my box of Super Sugar Crisp.


Is "renegade" a fitting noun for Obama? I suppose. Still, my choice would have been "Hopemonger."

Thomas Schaller

Thomas F. Schaller is professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the author of "Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South." Follow him @schaller67.

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