April 9th, 2013
07:56 AM ET
2 years ago

Clinton gets Twitter help from Colbert

(CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton has finally joined Twitter. His name?

@PrezBillyJeff. True story.

He was Twitter ambushed, so to speak. Appearing in an interview with Stephen Colbert, the satirist and comedy show host urged the former president to hop on the Twitter bandwagon.

In fact, to make it easy on him, Colbert took the liberty of creating an account for Clinton.

"Now, (the Twitter name) President Clinton was taken. William Jefferson Clinton was taken. But PrezBillyJeff was available," he said in the interview that aired Monday night on his program on Comedy Central.

Their exchange came during Saturday's annual meeting for college students involved with the Clinton Global Initiative. Colbert interviewed Clinton on stage as a final segment for the conference.

"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."

Pondering for a second, the former president decided on his first tweet.

"Just spent amazing time with Colbert," Clinton said, sitting back in his chair with his face resting on his hand, seeming somewhat reticent.

As of Tuesday morning around 8 a.m., the account had more than 32,000 followers. The one person he's following is–surprise, surprise–Stephen Colbert.

"I am President William Jefferson Billy Jeff Rodham Clinton. Stephen Colbert is my BFF," read the biographical description on his Twitter page.

His handle lacks the famous blue check mark sign, denoting the account as officially belonging to its namesake.

Since the airing of Monday night's show, the account has posted three more tweets. Whether or not they came from the 42nd president is unclear, but it's highly doubtful given the nature of the messages.

@PrezBillyJeff: I'm Bill Clinton and I approve this tweet, because I wrote it, because, like I said, I'm Bill Clinton. #notColbertpretendingtobeme

@PrezBillyJeff: Now that I'm no longer president I have been downgraded to Air Force Seven. #notColbertpretendingtobeme

@PrezBillyJeff: Just picked up Ayn Rand. Mind = blown. Get to work, you moochers! #notColbertpretendingtobeme

Updated 11:23 a.m. ET - The three tweets after the initial tweet have since been deleted, leaving only the first message on the Twitter feed.


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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Wake up People!

    Lord knows I love President Clinton, he is my 2nd favorite POTUS of all time but...... Is this REALLY news? I checked through the last few pages of stories, searching for at least one story about the oil sludge piling up on the banks of the Detroit River. The oil sludge owned by the Koch Brothers. Imagine my surprise when I saw absolutely nothing.

    Walter Cronkite would be so proud........ Wouldn't he?

    April 9, 2013 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  2. AC

    Bill has been in such a good mood lately. He can hardly contain himself. Because he knows Hillary is running for 2016.

    Go Hillary!!!!!

    April 9, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    That simply furthers the subversives in the Democratic party, in their effort to take total control of America, and turn it into a socialist dictatorship under the total control of the Democratic Party.

    The subversives are absolutely bent on taking over America.

    April 9, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  4. Tim

    I would have guessed "SuperTwit", but I think Obama has that one already.

    April 9, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  5. Jeb2016- We owe the Bushes another shot at bringing the country down!

    "Rick McDaniel
    That simply furthers the subversives in the Democratic party, in their effort to take total control of America, and turn it into a socialist dictatorship under the total control of the Democratic Party.

    The subversives are absolutely bent on taking over America."

    Pure projection. It's the Republicans who are trying to make it harder for people to vote, since they found to their surprise, that the majority of Americans do not support the GOP.

    Seriously, they want to raise taxes on the parents of college kids who register to vote in the town they live in 8 months of the year (or more)?

    April 9, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  6. Reagan was a puppet

    Rick McDaniel –
    Wow....I am forever amazed at the ponderings of conservies.....Socialist America....wow.....continually duped by the people they so blindly follow like sheep....keep looking over your shoulder....of course it's what Jesus would do....

    April 9, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  7. freedom

    Clinton better be careful what he posts on twitter – based on his track record – he could get exposed....

    April 9, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. Homer Simpson

    Hillary will be gone ALL the time... where do i sign, and .. run baby run

    April 9, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. Homer Simpson

    The koch brother inflicting paiin on the working class, due to irresponsible, but somehow legal.practices is nothing new, but sure would like people to hear about it, i live an hour way, haliburton fraking in our county, evil corporation if ever their was one

    April 9, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. Andrew

    It sounds like they were having a good time. This is fun.

    April 9, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. amysname

    Of course Colbert was kissing up to help get his sister elected. This guy has been a shrill for the Democrats from the get go! Young people that think he is cool didn't know about his political aspirations they've been brainwashed by Colbert and his buddies!

    April 9, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  12. Chris Honry

    He got the Ayn Rand part correct, get to work, LOSERS!

    April 9, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. spockmckoy

    the Twit deserves and account.........

    April 9, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. Bill Richardson

    Why not? he's been a twit for years.

    April 9, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  15. v_mag

    Rick McDaniel said: "That simply furthers the subversives in the Democratic party, in their effort to take total control of America, and turn it into a socialist dictatorship under the total control of the Democratic Party."
    -----–
    If you don't have anything to contribute but warmed over Rush Limbaugh hyperbole, why do you even bother to post?

    You can do something to combat socialism, you know. Don't ever take a Social Security payment. Don't ever get on Medicare or apply for unemployment benefits. Refuse socialistic military, police, and fire protection. Don't drive on highways funded through socialism. (Just use privatized toll roads only.) In short, don't patronize any government funded facility that benefits all the people, because, brother, that's what socialism is.

    April 9, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. v_mag

    Chris Honry: "He got the Ayn Rand part correct, get to work, LOSERS!"
    ------–
    Republicans sent our jobs to China, then they called us lazy for being unemployed. When we applied for unemployment benefits that we'd paid for, they called us moochers. They sent all the wealth they stole from us to the 1%ers, and still half of the country continues to vote for them. Those people are the ones I call LOSERS.

    April 9, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  17. proskater

    dems are not taking over America...we're taking it back!! :)

    April 9, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  18. GemmaG

    amysname

    "Of course Colbert was kissing up to help get his sister elected. This guy has been a shrill for the Democrats from the get go! Young people that think he is cool didn't know about his political aspirations they've been brainwashed by Colbert and his buddies!"
    What is a shrill???????????

    April 9, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  19. localhost

    I've been brainwashed by Colbert!

    April 9, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  20. Lord Toronaga

    Hillary better keep an eye on Slick Dick Willy. Monica is floating around out there.

    April 9, 2013 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  21. bononista

    I love you PrezBillyJeff and Stephen!!

    April 9, 2013 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |