Last night I watched Mitt Romney’s speech from Bucks County, Pennsylvania and noticed something I hope you’ve picked up on: his Secret Service detail is treating Mitt Romney like a President…and not just like a candidate.
What I mean is that the looks on the agents faces, and the way they aggressively keep turning their heads and watching out for Romney, is the same thing they do for the actual President…but it’s not the same level of intensity these guys provide for a mere candidates for office, former presidents, First Ladies, etc. While the Secret Service always strives to do its job well and protect all its charges…the PRESIDENT is where they put their most energy…and I think mentally the agency has moved ahead and realizes that Mitt Romney will become the President-Elect tomorrow.
I never saw them treat John McCain this way. And they never treated Hillary Clinton this way, either. But they did treat Barack Obama this way very early on…way back to December 2007 or early January 2008, whenever he got a full Secret Service detail. They always treated him like he’d be the next president, not just a candidate.
But that’s how they are treating Mitt Romney right now…making it clear to me that the Powers That Be know that Bathhouse Barry is one and done.
Have you noticed this?
PS: Has anyone picked up on the Romney family’s Secret Service code names?
The Clintons, for instance, were assigned “E” words…and are Eagle (Bill), Evergreen (Hillary), and Energy (Chelsea).
The Obamas are “R” words…Renegade (Obama), Renaissance (Michelle), Radiance (one of the daughters), and Respect (I think…for the other daughter…the one who looks a little like Aretha Franklin when she was young, so I think it’s an in-joke). Update: the other Obama daughter is called “Rosebud”, not “Respect.
I don’t remember McCain’s code name but I know that the Palins had “D” words…Denali (Sarah Palin), Driller (Todd), etc.
I’d love to know what letter the Romneys were assigned and what their word choices were. I don’t think the candidates have any choice in the matter, but the agency won’t pick anything embarrassing to them. The words chosen are ones that are rare to hear in a conversation…so that over their earpieces they will know to go running if someone would just shout EVERGREEN or RADIANCE or whatever.
UPDATE: I forgot about this, but there is a fun Wiki page that has all these names listed: Secret Service Code Names
The Romney family was assigned “J” and the Ryans are “B”, so:
Mitt Romney = Javelin
Anne Romney = ?
Paul Ryan = Bowhunter
Jana Ryan = Buttercup
Additionally, all the Romney and Ryan children will have code names that begin with “J” and “B” respectively, but details on those aren’t on the Wiki page. I wonder what Anne’s code name is. Does anyone know? I’d assign her Juno if I was picking because I like to use the mythology-based names. Juno fits with “Javelin” because it has a classic feel to it.
Other code names from history:
John McCain = Phoenix
Cindy McCain = Parasol
Meghan McCain = Peter Sellers (weird!)
Rick Santorum = Petrus (does that mean he’s related to the McCains somehow?)
Ted Kennedy = Murdering Drunk (I’m guessing on that one)
Jesse Jackson = Thunder
Joe Biden = Celtic
Jill Biden = Capri
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