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.


When Stephen Colbert says “jump,” Bill Clinton asks, “How high?”

Here’s how Margaret Thatcher responded when an interviewer asked her to jump.

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with video of Colbert introducing Clinton to Twitter.

  • Maxx

    Billy Jeff doesn’t have time for this s**t. He’s too busy jetting across the country trying to sell this crazy notion that the new fella has a clue.

    It keeps Bubba busy these days.

  • Stone Bryson

    Uh-oh… Willy’s on the loose. Lock up yer daughter’s Twitters – and do it now!

    • Brett McMicken

      billy jeff’s gettin’ out tonight
      billy jeff’s gettin’ out tonight
      he was bad
      hillary got mad
      got some new cigars
      now it’s alright

  • tops116

    And thus, in the days ahead, what Anthony Weiner will suddenly seem very tame.

  • bidentime

    Billy Jeff, or as the people who know him best refer to him @PrezBJ.

  • TocksNedlog

    Just what we need — another idiot whose ramblings will be retweeted as gospel by Cher and Bette Midler.

  • CynicOwl

    @PrezBillyJeff, or B.J. Clinton. ISWYDT!

  • Mead

    Lighten up. Good grief..

  • Tara

    Hide yo’ kids, hide yo’ wife

  • GaryTheBrave

    I woner if the Gore-ical will chastise him for the increased carbon footprint?

  • Roto

    Just found @PrezBillyJeff — How cuuuell!! Is it really u Mr. Prez? Can u believe I’m an intern?!? DM me @ChrissieTheNextBeret … I <3 #CigarPlay

  • $18912735

    Oh come on. This isn’t news. Clinton was twittering long before twitter even existed. He twittered all the time in the oval office, and even got caught once.

  • JustLikeAnimals

    His first tweet apparently went to @Monica.

    This is a Weiner on steroids just waiting to happen. Get the popcorn!

  • Chelsea Green

    This was definitely not your usual political interview, but
    it sure was fun to watch! I was just glad I got a chance to check it out after all,
    despite not making it home from my office at DISH till it was over. Luckily, I
    was able to use that boring bus ride home to watch the whole thing on my phone
    with DISH Anywhere. This app connects my mobile devices to my home DVR’s TV
    content, so it’s never an issue to watch even this major small screen events
    just like I was home.