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October 05, 2009

Nickname the Presidents

Donald Pittenger writes:

Dear Blowhards --

There were Frederick the Great, Ivan the Terrible, Charles the Bald, John Lackland (or Jean Sans-Terre if you are French), Edward the Confessor and a host of other rulers who acquired nicknames that are better known than their formal names.

For some reason, that hasn't been true for U.S. presidents.*

That oversight can be corrected!!

Corrected by none other than the 2Blowhards "community" (assuming we rate such a distinction). Just for fun, if you are feeling creative and clever, post a comment suggesting nicknames for American presidents. For example, "Chester the Replacement" for Chester A. Arthur who became president following the death of James A. Garfield.

I hope you'll come up with better ideas than I just did. But be warned: I won't post vile, dirty, slanderous nicknames. Well, if they are incredibly funny I just might, but don't count on it. It will help if the monikers are historically apt and reflect the appearance, personality and character of the victim -- er, president.

Have at it.



* Though yesterday George Will noted in passing "Honest Abe and "Tricky Dick" with reference to Lincoln and Nixon. There are a few other presidential nicknames lurking here and there (such as "Old Hickory"), but in no instance has the moniker superseded the man's name. I'm not counting those short name replacements headline writers like to use -- Ike, FDR, JFK, LBJ and the like.

posted by Donald at October 5, 2009


Let us not forget the "Silent Cal" and the "Old Kinderhook"!

Posted by: Manolo the Shoeblogger on October 5, 2009 4:11 PM

Manolo -- Just so. But I'm lookin' for fresh material.

Posted by: Donald Pittenger on October 5, 2009 4:44 PM

I have heard Slick Willie for Bill Clinton.

Posted by: Mark on October 5, 2009 6:17 PM

John the Uninhibited.
Jimmy the Unhinged.
Ronald the Inattentive.
William the Unstained.
O the Implausible.

Posted by: dearieme on October 5, 2009 6:40 PM

These are all historic:

"His Accidency" - John Tyler
"Old Rough and Ready" - Zachary Taylor
"Useless" S. Grant
"His Fraudulency" - Rutherford Hayes (also "Rutherfraud")
"Teethadore" - Theodore Roosevelt
"the Gipper" - Ronald Reagan

This one is fairly obvious, and I recall hearing it:
Jimmy "the Peanut" Carter

Some novelties:

William "Double-Wide" Taft

Woodrow "the Perfesser" Wilson (AFAIK, the only President before Obama to have been a university instructor; and later, of course, the president of Princeton)

"the Missouri Compromise" - Harry Truman

"Landslide George" W. Bush (ironic, obviously, and not in his second term)

Posted by: Rich Rostrom on October 5, 2009 11:44 PM

With a nod to J M Keynes, re W Wilson:

Woodrow "Bamboozled" Wilson.

Of course, America is paying to this day for the price of Wilson's bamboozlement...and his imperviousness to being "de-bamboozled".

Lyndon "Guns & Butter" Johnson. Ditto on the paying-to-this-day part.

Posted by: PatrickH on October 6, 2009 12:58 PM

I think I recall people referring to Bill Clinton as 'Slick Willie'; I'm not sure if 'W' is excluded as are FDR, JFK, LBJ, etc. 'Shrub', though, strikes me as valid...

Posted by: Des on October 6, 2009 1:04 PM

Martin Van the Used Up Man
Just John Tyler [get it?]
Baby Daddy Grover
Old Hick

P.S. R. Rostrom: "The Missouri Compromise" for Truman is brilliant. Wish I'd thought of it!

Posted by: PatrickH on October 6, 2009 1:08 PM

Mister Polker Face

Posted by: PatrickH on October 6, 2009 1:09 PM

Martin Van Buren - aka Matty van - aka the wizard

Posted by: Larry on October 6, 2009 9:54 PM

W.C. Fields called FDR "Old gum legs."

Posted by: Peter L. Winkler on October 7, 2009 6:09 PM

How about...?

"Obama, the Traitor"

I can see that one becoming quite popular in the years to come.

The man has a blatant disregard for the Constitution despite having been a professor of Constitutional law. There's a game I found earlier this week by googling "usofearth" that's a satire, but uses a scenario that I don't see being very far out of the realm of possibility in which Obama does away with the Constitution entirely.

He attempts to replace the government of the US with one that would control all of the western hemisphere, on top of attempting to ban the private ownership of all privately owned fire arms.

I thought the news snippets that appear as you play were hilarious. It's called 2011: Obama's Coup Fails

Posted by: Daman on October 7, 2009 6:22 PM

My daughter had a book that showed each president and I'm pretty sure almost all of them had a nickname. I recognize some of them listed in these comments. And another one I remember is Ajax for Andrew Jackson. I think he's still called that today.

Posted by: Marly on November 2, 2009 8:15 PM

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