If you make reference "The Gipper" or "Dubya" most people have no trouble figuring out who you are referring to. Much like many other famous people, the people holding the office of President of the United States of America have had numerous nicknames throughout the years. Sometimes it is in reference to their political campaigns prior to their election, sometimes they created widely influencing policies (good or bad), sometimes it is due to a political scandal, or it may just be a personality or physical trait.

In addition to nicknames given for any of the various reasons above, the US president has other names and titles including:

An interesting fact about presidential nicknames is that Jimmy Carter was the first president to take his oath of office under a nickname (his real name is James).

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Barack H. Obama

  • Barack - while unusual (and possibly disrepectful), I have heard Obama referred to by his first name quite commonly - including in the news. This is likely because it is such an unusual name. You couldn't just say "George" or "Bill" and assume you were talking about a former president, but it you said "Barack", who else would you be talking about?

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