- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 13, 2008

Thank heaven for Secret Service code names. What would late-night comics and joke-seeking politicians do without them?

CAMPAIGN LAUGH LINE, 2008

“Jerk.”

_John McCain, telling Jon Stewart what his Secret Service code name is. (It’s really Phoenix.)

WHAT HAPPENS AT CHIPPENDALES …

First lady Laura Bush, speaking at the White House Correspondents’ Association annual dinner in 2005, said she’d gone out one night with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Bush confidante Karen Hughes and Lynne Cheney, wife of the vice president, to Chippendales, a male revue where women can tuck cash in dancers’ skimpy drawers.

“I won’t tell you what happened, but Lynne’s Secret Service code name is now ‘Dollar Bill.’” Cheney’s real code name is Author.

CUTE COUPLE

“The Bush daughters have joined the campaign to help their father in his election for president and it was announced that their Secret Service code names are Twinkle and Turquoise. Twinkle and Turquoise? To which Kerry and Edwards said: ‘Hey! Those are our code names; that’s what we call each other. Come on!’”

_ Jay Leno on the Democratic ticket of John Kerry and John Edwards in July 2004. Jenna and Barbara Bush were indeed code named Twinkle and Turquoise.

CAMPAIGN LAUGH LINE

Al Gore is so boring, his Secret Service code name is Al Gore.”

_Vice President Al Gore jokes at his own expense in September 1996. In fact, Gore’s code name was Sundance.

CAMPAIGN LAUGH LINE, 2.0

“Bill Bradley is so boring, his Secret Service code name is Al Gore.”

_Leno, in July 1999, on Gore’s rival for the Democratic nomination.

BUTTAFUOCO? NOT.

From Al Gore’s list of the Top 10 Good Things About Being Vice President:

1. Secret Service code name “Buttafuoco.”

_Gore’s list, on David Letterman’s show in September 1993, referred to Joey Buttafuoco, whose 17-year-old lover shot his wife in the face in 1992 and became the punch line of many a joke.

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