From “The Donald” to “Mr. Brexit,” America’s president-elect is a man of a thousand nicknames. After this week’s turmoil on the transition team, the Secret Service might consider calling him “The Indecider.” But Donald Trump is hardly the only world leader with a clever moniker. Here are a few of the world’s best presidential and prime ministerial nicknames.
Nigeria. Americans impatient to learn the names of Trump’s new Cabinet members might take a lesson from Nigeria: it could take a while. President Muhammadu Buhari won himself the name “Baba Go Slow” for taking months to appoint his Cabinet (he did make one quick decision, naming himself oil minister). But Buhari owned it, telling a crowd, “I am going to go slow and steady.” Maybe that will work for Trump.
China. Worried about the appearance of a cult of personality, this spring, Chinese censors moved to ban a popular nickname for the country’s president: “Big Daddy Xi.” Why so? Beijing is in the midst of an extremely sensitive political transition as Xi Jinping remakes the Politburo ahead of his expected second term. Critics suggest he is consolidating power as the new Mao.
North Korea. Also reportedly banned in China this year: “Kim Fatty III,” a popular nickname for the North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. His government apparently complained, resulting in the name being scrubbed from the Chinese internet.