US President elect Joe Biden’s code name, along with that of incoming Vice-President Kamala Harris, have been confirmed.
Biden defeated incumbent US President Donald Trump on Saturday (local time) and will take office in January.
As with all presidents, they are given code names which the Secret Service uses.
Barack Obama’s was Renegade while Trump’s was Mogul.
According to CNN, Biden will keep the same code name he had when he was Vice-President under Obama.
Biden’s code name is Celtic. Harris’s code name is Pioneer.
US President code names over the years
Ronald Reagan - Rawhide
Richard Nixon - Searchlight
John F Kennedy - Lancer
Bill Clinton - Eagle
Candidates get to choose theirs from a list produced by The White House Communications Agency.
In this case, Biden chose Celtic because he is of Irish descent. Harris chose hers because she’s not only the first female Vice-President but also the first woman of colour in the White House.
While code names these days might seem kind of pointless since anyone with an internet connection can simply Google them, the Secret Service still uses the titles out of tradition and because they are brief and concise.
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