Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Spiro Theodore Agnew (191896)
In the United States today, we have more than our share of the nattering nabobs of negativism. They have formed their own 4H Clubthe hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history.
Vice President SPIRO T. AGNEW, address to the California Republican state convention, San Diego, California, September 11, 1970.Congressional Record, September 16, 1970, vol. 116, p. 32017.
William Safire, then a speechwriter for President Nixon, was the author of nattering nabobs of negativism, according to The Washingtonian, March 1985, p. 11, and The Washington Post, August 27, 1987, p. C4.