Richard Nixon’s friends turned out for his 100th.
Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and former Sens. Fred Thompson and Elizabeth Dole were among the politicos who turned out last night to celebrate Nixon’s centennial.
Hosted by the Richard Nixon Foundation, the cocktail reception and dinner at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington brought out old Nixon hands like Henry Kissinger and Pat Buchanan, who was the only one who uttered the “W” word all night: “Watergate.”
Buchanan, Nixon’s onetime speechwriter and a candidate for president in his own time, said he and other associates have been fielding calls from a Nixon-hostile press about Watergate around this centennial because they have nothing else to talk about.
Thayer Capital chairman Fred Malek, who is helping the foundation and Nixon Library raise its goal of $25 million for its centennial legacy campaign, said that the 37th president would take a very Nixonian approach to the fiscal cliff negotiations.
“He would be knocking heads together. He wouldn’t pussyfoot around.”
The evening ended with guests eating a birthday cake modeled after the house Nixon was born in.
Nixon’s brother Edward, and daughters, Tricia Nixon Cox, and Julie Nixon Eisenhower, were also present.
Stephanie Green writes for Bloomberg Muse.