Nixon back from the grave … on Twitter
NEW YORK (AP) – If you believe the media reports, Richard Nixon suffered a stroke in 1994 and died days later at age 81. He is buried in his native Yorba Linda, California, silent as the country marks the 40th anniversary of his resignation.
But the many obsessives among the 7,000-plus followers of @Dick-Nixon couldn’t be blamed for sharing the president’s suspicion of reporters. The “Nixon” on this Twitter feed has never been more alive, sounding off on everything from the Russians to the Academy Awards, lashing out at old enemies and sizing up such possible presidential contenders as Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.
“He is a smart fellow. But he should stop swinging at pitches he can’t hit yet,” reads a recent tweet.
The @Dick-Nixon feed is neither tribute nor parody but an uncanny reincarnation that has some Washington insiders and political junkies marveling that someone could so well capture the phrasing, savvy, tenacity, profanity and world view of our 37th president.
“He has his voice and his mentality down cold. And he also makes me laugh,” says Elizabeth Drew, an author and journalist whose Watergate-era book, “Washington Journal,” was reissued in May.
“I never got to meet Nixon, so this is the next best thing for me,” says author and journalist Robert Draper, who has written books about Congress and the George W. Bush administration and is the grandson of Watergate prosecutor Leon Jaworski.
Admirers have speculated that the account manager is a politician, a journalist or even a member of the Nixon family.