Pet Names for the Prez—A Name Game


No matter how loved or loathed they are, we like to give nicknames to our political leaders. Sometimes they’re compliments, often they’re insults. By doing so, we humanize them; we try to put our own spin on these larger-than-life personalities.

The recently-departed Margaret Thatcher’s strong style of governance gave rise to many nicknames, including  “The Iron Lady.” (Less flattering ones were “Milk Snatcher” and “England’s Best Man”). What “Iron Lady”-like nicknames can you concoct for U.S. President Obama?

Other visitors have contributed:

  • Go-bama!
  • Barry Cool
  • No Drama Obama
  • The Yes-We-Canner
  • The Mysterious
  • Changer-in-Chief
  • CEObama

Visit to vote for your favorites and come up with some of your own.


Do your favorite pet names date from 10, 100, or 1000 years ago?
Who could resist the opportunity to weigh in on a new pasta shape name?