The Washington Post

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.

The Freddie Gray case

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!

Campaign 2016 Email Updates

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!

Get Zika news by email

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!
Comments
Show Comments
The Democrats debated Thursday night. Get caught up on the race.
The Post's Chris Cillizza on the Democratic debate...
On Clinton: She poked a series of holes in Sanders's health-care proposal and broadly cast him as someone who talks a big game but simply can't hope to achieve his goals.

On Sanders: If the challenge was to show that he could be a candidate for people other than those who already love him, he didn't make much progress toward that goal. But he did come across as more well-versed on foreign policy than in debates past.
The PBS debate in 3 minutes
Quoted
We are in vigorous agreement here.
Hillary Clinton, during the PBS Democratic debate, a night in which she and Sanders shared many of the same positions on issues
South Carolina polling averages
Donald Trump leads in the polls as he faces rivals Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz heading into the S.C. GOP primary on Feb. 20.
South Carolina polling averages
The S.C. Democratic primary is Feb. 27. Clinton has a significant lead in the state, whose primary falls one week after the party's Nevada caucuses.
62% 18%
Fact Checker
Trump’s claim that his border wall would cost $8 billion
The billionaire's claim is highly dubious. Based on the costs of the Israeli security barrier (which is mostly fence) and the cost of the relatively simple fence already along the U.S.-Mexico border, an $8 billion price tag is simply not credible.
Pinocchio Pinocchio Pinocchio Pinocchio
The complicated upcoming voting schedule
Feb. 20

Democrats caucus in Nevada; Republicans hold a primary in South Carolina.

Feb. 23

Republicans caucus in Nevada.

Feb. 27

Democrats hold a primary in South Carolina.

Upcoming debates
Feb 13: GOP debate

on CBS News, in South Carolina

Feb. 25: GOP debate

on CNN, in Houston, Texas

March 3: GOP debate

on Fox News, in Detroit, Mich.

Campaign 2016
Where the race stands
Most Read

politics

the-fix

Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Close video player
Now Playing

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.