Difference between revisions of "Nicknames for the President of the United States"

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(That's not a "nickname," that's a "real name," or a "full name." Would you include "Ronald Wilson Reagan" on the list?)
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Chester Arthur, 21st President of the United States, and called "Walrus" by children who were fascinated by his whiskers
He was born Hyram Ulysses Grant, but a misspelling of his name at West Point gave him the name Ulysses S. Grant; his "government-issued" initials would cause his new friends at the academy to call him "Sam".
Theodore Roosevelt lived in the Badlands of North Dakota when a cattleman made the mistake of calling him "four eyes"; the physically-powerful Roosevelt would immediately teach him not to do it again.
A few years after he graduated from Eureka College, Ronald Reagan would land a role in the film Knute Rockne All American; his portrayal of George Gipp earned him the monicker "Gipper"

Nicknames for Presidents of the United States have been bestowed on these men since George Washington. Some are childhood nicknames - such as "Dutch" for Ronald Reagan - while others are political or military names given prior to reaching the presidency. Others are rather disparaging, and meant to insult the person in some degree by critics and detractors.

Michael Savage created the "Lord of the Fries" moniker for Barack Obama, due to himself and his wife, Michelle partaking of fast food as often as they tell the American people that they must eat healthier meals.
Name Nickname
George Washington The Father of His Country; American Cincinnatus
John Adams Atlas of Independence; The Duke of Braintree; His Rotundity [1]
Thomas Jefferson Sage of Monticello; Mad Tom; The Apostle of Democracy
James Madison Sage of Montpelier
James Monroe The Era of Good Feelings President
John Quincy Adams Old Man Eloquent
Andrew Jackson Old Hickory; King Andrew; The Hero of New Orleans
Martin Van Buren Old Kinderhook; The American Talleyrand; The Careful Dutchman
William Henry Harrison Tippecanoe
John Tyler His Accidency
James Knox Polk Young Hickory; Napoleon of the Stump
Zachary Taylor Old Rough and Ready
Millard Filmore The American Louis Philippe
Franklin Pierce Handsome Frank; Young Hickory of the Granite Hills
James Buchanan The Bachelor President; Old Buck; Ten-Cent Jimmy
Abraham Lincoln The Rail-Splitter; The Great Emancipator; Honest Abe
Andrew Johnson The Tennessee Tailor
Ulysses S. Grant Unconditional Surrender Grant; Hero of Appomattox; Sam
Rutherford B. Hayes Granny Hayes; His Fraudulency; Old 8 to 7
James A. Garfield Boatman Jim
Chester A. Arthur Prince Arthur; Gentleman Boss; Walrus
Grover Cleveland The Beast of Buffalo; His Obstinacy
Benjamin Harrison Kid Gloves Harrison; The Human Iceberg
William McKinley Idol of Ohio; The Major
Theodore Roosevelt The Rough Rider; Trust Buster; The Lion; Old Four Eyes; Teddy; TR
William Taft Big Chief; Old Bill
Woodrow Wilson The Schoolmaster
Warren G. Harding Wobbly Warren
Calvin Coolidge Silent Cal; Sphinx of the Potomac
Herbert Hoover The Chief; The Great Engineer
Franklin Roosevelt The New Dealer; FDR
Harry S. Truman Give 'Em Hell Harry; the haberdasher
Dwight D. Eisenhower Ike
John F. Kennedy Jack; JFK; King of Camelot
Lyndon B. Johnson LBJ; Landslide Lyndon; Uncle Cornpone
Richard Nixon Tricky Dick; Gloomy Gus
Gerald R. Ford Jerry
James E. Carter Jimmy; President Malaise
Ronald Reagan The Gipper; The Great Communicator; Dutch
George H. W. Bush Bush 41; Papa Bush; Poppy; Bush the Elder
Bill Clinton Slick Willie; Bubba; The First Black President; Comeback Kid
George W. Bush Dubya; Bush 43; Bush II
Barack Obama The Affirmative Action President; Narcissist-in-chief[2]; The Food Stamp President[3]; Teleprompter-in-chief and TOTUS (Teleprompter of the United States)[4][5][6]


  1. http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/art/artifact/Sculpture_22_00001.htm
  2. Food Stamp President - Coined by Newt Gingrich. As of June 25, 2012, Google estimates about 350,000 search results for this term
  3. Teleprompter-in-chief
  4. As of June 25, 2012, Google estimates that the Google search Teleprompter in chief and Obama has over 860,000 search results
  5. Google estimates that the search TOTUS and Obama has over 880,000 search results