Colbert Signs Up @PrezBillyJeff on Twitter
Bill Clinton sends first tweet, sort of
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 9, 2013 8:31 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Stephen Colbert dragged Bill Clinton into the social media revolution on last night's special Colbert Report. In an interview that aired last night, Colbert asked the former president if he was on Twitter. No, Clinton confessed, "I think I'm sort of insecure. What if you tweet and no one tweets back? There's nothing worse than a friendless tweeter." That wasn't sufficient for Colbert, who had taken the liberty of creating an account for Clinton—under the handle @PrezBillyJeff. Clinton then dictated to Colbert his first (and so far only) tweet: "Just spent amazing time with Colbert!Is he sane? He is cool! #cgiu"

The exchange came during a live interview Colbert conducted Saturday to close out the annual Clinton Global Initiative University event for college students, CNN explains. Afterward, off-camera, Colbert took the rare step of dropping character for a Q&A, the Washington Examiner reports. Whereas during the show Colbert had jokingly introduced the "Colbert Galactic Initiative" (to one-up Clinton's global one), in the Q&A he said that if he had an initiative "it would be something with child poverty" or global hunger. He was also asked about his recent habit of campaigning for his sister out-of-character, and replied that he was willing to "break the jewel of my own career" to help her.

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Apr 10, 2013 7:47 PM CDT
Three signs you should step back from watching your favorite satirical fake news pundit. 1) He conducts a live interview with Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global initiative closeout university event. Introduces the Colbert Galactic Initiative 2) He sets up a Twitter account (@PrezBillyJeff) for Clinton and dictates the 1st tweet. 3) He admits he will "break the jewel of his career" to help his sister's political career. Only saving grace, this question: "When were these people's age, you were getting into politics, would you advise people this age to get into politics now, or would you advise them to get into NGOs?" NGOs are as ineffective and corrupt as governments/politicians… same agenda: further the interests of the oligarchs and empire.
Apr 10, 2013 12:39 PM CDT
nice to see a couple of intellects discussing things
Apr 9, 2013 4:41 PM CDT
damn this interview almost made me trust Bill Clinton... I understand why Stephen had the mirror handy...