It was revealed this week that former FBI Director James Comey has taken to Twitter under the handle “FormerBu,” with the name “Reinhold Niebuhr.” The account has been up since 2014, but it was secret that this was Comey’s Twitter until recently.
Comey confirmed this when he tweeted a photo of himself in Iowa.
“Goodbye Iowa,” Comey tweeted on Monday. “On the road home. Gotta get back to writing. Will try to tweet in useful ways.”
There are only five other posts on his account so far – and four of them are also from October of this year. But Comey has already garnered more than 123,000 followers.
His first post to Twitter was in March.
He tweeted a link to the FBI’s jobs board with a meme of Will Ferrell that says: “Actually I’m not even mad. That’s amazing.”
Comey was fired by President Donald Trump in May amid controversy surrounding the U.S. Senate’s investigation into the possible Russian hacking of the 2016 Presidential election.
Comey has since tweeted scenic photos and contemplative musings.
In an Oct. 22 tweet, he posted a photo of pelicans and wrote: “Watching migrating white pelicans in Iowa thinking about Niebuhr’s Serenity Prayer.”
Serenity Prayer was written by American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr – the same name on Comey’s Twitter account.
Reinhold Niebuhr’s famous prayer is: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.” It is used in Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs.
Comey has also tweeted a well-composed picture of himself in a cornfield, with the sun and clouds in the background.
“Good to be back in Iowa,” he wrote on Oct. 20.
The day prior, Comey posted a photo from Little Round Top, Gettysburg.
“Good place to think about leadership and values,” he wrote.
And his first post since the March tweet was on Oct. 18 in New York.
“Beautiful fall day at West Point,” he tweeted. “Lone kayaker on the Hudson.”