Keith R.A. DeCandido (kradical) wrote,
Keith R.A. DeCandido

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Schott's Miscellany 10 September 2009

The last execution by guillotine took place in Marseilles, France (1977)


The U.S. Secret Service bestowed the code name Renegade on Senator Barack Obama, according to a June 17, 2007, report in The Washington Post. Other code names are:

Hillary Clinton: Evergreen
John Kerry: Minuteman
Al Gore: Sawhorse, then Sundance
George W. Bush: Tumbler
Bill Clinton: Eagle
Jimmy Carter: Deacon
George H.W. Bush: Timberwolf
Ronald Reagan: Rawhide
Dick Cheney: Backseat, then Angler
(Josiah Bartlet: Eagle, then Liberty)
(Zoey Bartlet: Bookbag)
(Claudia Jean "C.J." Cregg: Flamingo)

Predictably, a number of people have attempted to find symbolism in these code names--not least Tumbler for George W. Bush, who, in addition to alcoholism in his past, is known for a somewhat hapless style. However, the Post warned that "according to a Secret Service spokesman, all code names are chosen by military officials, suggesting that they should not be examined too closely for deeper meaning."

There can be no whitewash at the White House.
Richard Nixon (1913-94)

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