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Welcome to Twitter, President Clinton

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Get ready, Twittersphere — Bubba now knows how to tweet.

William Jefferson Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States, staked his claim on the microblogging social network on Wednesday evening, officially joining Twitter as @BillClinton.

Aside from some casual Facebook-ing, Clinton hasn’t considered himself much of a techie. (Email, after all, barely existed when he first took office back in the ’90s.) That’s why it took him so long to join Twitter; joking around in an interview with Stephen Colbert earlier this month, Clinton said he was a tad too insecure to hop on Twitter willy-nilly.

“What if you tweet and nobody tweets back?” Clinton said. “There’s nothing worse than a friendless tweeter, right? You’re just wandering around in cyberspace.”

Apparently the former president got over his fear, along with a little help from Colbert and also from his daughter Chelsea (who, he hopes, will give him a few tweeting lessons). Clinton sent his first handful of tweets on Wednesday evening, along with Colbert’s #humblebrag on getting him there, which is below:

Until the new interview with Clinton is up, check out the interview from earlier this month with Colbert, who did first convince Clinton that he should be tweeting. (It’s cute.)


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