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Stephen Colbert starts Twitter account for Bill Clinton (VIDEO)

Bill Clinton has sent his first tweet, with a little help from Stephen Colbert.

The Comedy Central host devoted his entire Monday night show to an interview he taped with the former president over the weekend at the annual Clinton Global Initiative University meeting. The former president told Colbert he uses the social networking site Facebook but doesn't use Twitter.

"I think I'm so, sort of insecure. What if you tweet and nobody tweets back?" Clinton asked to laughter from the audience, adding: "There's nothing worse than a friendless tweeter, right?"

Colbert responded: "Well sir, I took the liberty of opening you a Twitter account." The name of the handle: @PrezBillyJeff

Clinton then dictated his first tweet to Colbert:

The account has tweeted three more times since, all apparently sarcastic messages consistent with the "Colbert Report" sense of humor. It's not clear whether Colbert sent the dispatches or someone else did. Each tweet includes the hashtag #notColbertpretendingtobeme.

"I am President William Jefferson Billy Jeff Rodham Clinton. Stephen Colbert is my BFF," reads the description of the account. As of Tuesday morning it had picked up about 34,000 followers.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.



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