"The Football"
November 16th, 2010
08:17 AM ET

"The Football"

“The Football” is a black leather bound briefcase carried by the President’s Military Aide.  The briefcase contains the authorization codes for the President to launch a nuclear attack from anywhere in the world. Also referred to as President's Emergency Satchel, the "football” travels with the President at all times.  Unlike depictions in the movies, this briefcase is never handcuffed to the Military Aide.


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