What is the point of the US president having a code name? I feel as if presidential (and other family/cabinet memebers) are widely reported and known. Is it that once they are accurately reported that the names must change? If not, why have them at all?


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According to Wikipedia;

The use of such names was originally for security purposes and dates to a time when sensitive electronic communications were not routinely encrypted; today, the names simply serve for purposes of brevity, clarity, and tradition.

As @o.m. pointed out in a comment, there can be more than one family member with the same name, as was true for the Bush family. American Presidents also continue to be referred to as Mr President or President Last Name for life as mentioned in this Huffington Post snippet. So even just using the job title could cause confusion in certain circumstances.


Code names help maintain the security and confidentiality of communications, particularly in sensitive or high-risk situations. Also, even if it weren't useful due to technological advancement and whatnot, it has become part of the protocol, even if some parts are no longer necessary, civil servants are used to following the protocol as it is.

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