Don't forget to follow @PrezBillyJeff. I believe that as ex-president, everything he tweets carries the weight of law.— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) April 9, 2013
Bill Clinton’s handlers have kept him on short social media leash … until now.
This won’t end well.
On Saturday, Stephen Colbert interviewed the former president at a Clinton Global Initiative meeting. In the segment that aired Monday night, Colbert convinced Clinton to take the Twitter plunge. He dictated his first tweet to Colbert:
While the tweet was authored by Clinton, we’re guessing he didn’t write his Twitter bio, which includes the sentence, “Stephen Colbert is my BFF.”
Clinton was hesitant at first, telling Colbert he was a little “insecure” about the whole Twitter thing.
“President Clinton was taken. William Jefferson Clinton was taken. But PrezBillyJeff was available,” said Colbert. Here’s the exchange that followed:
“Would you like to break into the 21st century right now, and send your first tweet?” Colbert asked, sitting ready with a smart phone in hand. The audience erupted in cheers and applause.
A surprised, though slightly amused, Clinton reluctantly agreed to the pitch.
“You’ll type it?” Clinton asked.
“I’ll type it,” Colbert said. “140 characters or less.”
The unverified Twitter account currently has over 35,000 followers and just one tweet.
Three tweets sent last night and this morning have since been deleted.
Yep, totally #notColbertpretendingtobeme.
Helpful suggestion for Clinton’s staff: If Colbert’s stunt awakened Bubba’s Twitter appetite, do not tell him about direct messages.
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Editor’s note: This post has been updated with video of Colbert introducing Clinton to Twitter.