Earlier today, GQ magazine announced that a Romney/Ryan campaign official had revealed to them Paul Ryan’s Secret Service code name: “Bowhunter”.
Politically inclined outdoorsmen and women who have followed the Republican presidential campaign since Ryan’s appointment as Romney’s running mate should find this as no surprise; the Archery Trade Association (ATA) in particular has released several informational pieces on the politician highlighting his support for the bowhunting tradition and archery in general. ABC News gave Ryan the title of “Master Bowhunter” in their profile of the Wisconsin congressman.
Ryan’s code name appears to be one of the first (known) hunting-related monikers for high-profile politicians. Some presidents’ and candidates’ code names include:
- John F. Kennedy – Lancer
- Richard Nixon – Searchlight
- Ronald Reagan – Rawhide
- George H.W. Bush – Timberwolf
- Bill Clinton – Eagle
- George W. Bush – Tumbler or Trailblazer
- Al Gore – Sundance
- Barack Obama – Renegade
- John McCain – Phoenix
Some readers may be wondering – shouldn’t these Secret Service code names be kept, y’know, secret? Ambinder adds that “the Service has said in the past that the publication of code names does not risk the security of its protectees because all radio communication is now encrypted.” Guess we’ll have to trust them on that – they are the experts, after all!