Long-time Twitter holdout former president Bill Clinton is now on Twitter thanks to a little help — some would say coercion — from Stephen Colbert.
The two discussed social media and reaching out to youth before Colbert announced his surprise for the former president.
“Well, sir, I took the liberty of opening you a Twitter account,” Colbert said.
Clinton is a little late to the game, so the handles @PresidentClinton and @WilliamJeffersonClinton were already taken, but @PrezBillyJeff was wide open and available. A Twitter account was born, with the description: “I am President William Jefferson Billy Jeff Rodham Clinton. Stephen Colbert is my BFF.”
So far, Clinton has racked up nearly 35,000 followers by sending out only one tweet. He even got the hashtag for the Clinton Global Initiative University correct.
Just spent amazing time with Colbert!Is he sane? He is cool! #cgiu
— Billy Jeff Clinton (@PrezBillyJeff) April 6, 2013