WASHINGTON (AP) — Twitter, meet (at)HillaryClinton.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton joined Twitter on Monday, describing herself with a dash of humor as a “pantsuit aficionado” and a “hair icon.”
The former New York senator and first lady sent out her first tweet under the handle (at)HillaryClinton, thanking the creators of the popular online parodies called “Texts from Hillary.” Clinton’s initial tweet thanked Adam Smith and Stacy Lambe for their inspiration and said, “I’ll take it from here,” concluding with a hashtag (hash)tweetsfromhillary.
The potential 2016 presidential candidate’s profile page on the microblogging service shows the memorable photo of a stern-looking Clinton wearing dark sunglasses and reading her Blackberry aboard a military plane while leading the State Department during President Barack Obama’s first term. The photo was made popular by Smith and Lambe’s buzzworthy Tumblr, which won laughs and rave reviews by pairing the photo of the sunglasses-wearing Clinton with other politicians and imaginary text messages between world leaders.
Clinton’s biography section includes light-hearted descriptions such as “hair icon,” ”pantsuit aficionado,” and “glass ceiling cracker.” The bio ends with the letters “TBD,” meaning, “to be determined”_which could be a reference to her potential White House bid.
After only a few hours, Clinton had racked up more than 100,000 followers.
Twitter quickly opened up the cyber welcome mat for Clinton. Former President Bill Clinton, who joined Twitter in April after some nudging from comedian Stephen Colbert, welcomed his wife, asking, “Does (at)Twitter have a family share plan?” Daughter Chelsea Clinton retweeted her mother’s first tweet and added, “Welcome Mom!”
Supporters and opponents alike tweeted out messages to her handle, with some encouraging her to run for president. Well-wishers included several politicians, talk show host Larry King, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, country music star Chely Wright and actor Ben Affleck. Rocker Tommy Lee tweeted, “Welcome to Tweeeeeeeeter Hillary!”
Obama’s Twitter account said the president was “happy” to welcome Clinton to Twitter. “Stay tuned for the real hashtag(hash)TweetsFromHillary,” the president told his 32 million followers.
Twitter could become an effective medium for Clinton, who has kept a relatively low profile since departing the State Department earlier this year. Obama used Twitter throughout his re-election campaign to connect with his millions of followers and urge them to support his campaign.
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