Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Hillary Clinton arrives on Twitter, and a 'TBD' leaves followers wondering

The soon-to-activated Hillary Clinton Twitter account has been activated. Clinton made her first tweet on Monday.

It said:
Thanks for the inspiration @ASmith83 & @Sllambe - I'll take it from here... #tweetsfromhillary
For those not in the know, Clinton is talking about the hilarious "Texts from Hillary" meme. The meme was the work of Washington, D.C. communications professionals Stacy Lambe and Adam Smith.

Her profile blurb is interesting, too:
Wife, mom, lawyer, women & kids advocate, FLOAR, FLOTUS, US Senator, SecState, author, dog owner, hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, glass ceiling cracker, TBD...
What exactly could TBD refer to? Most people believe a presidential run in 2016 is in the offing, so that's what TBD probably refers to, although it could refer to her burgeoning speaking career.

For those unaware, FLOAR stands for First Lady of Arkansas (where Clinton was governor). FLOTUS, most are aware, stands for First Lady of the United States (as in current FLOTUS Michelle Obama).

Mo Elleithee, who was a spokesman on Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, welcomed her arrival on Twitter.
I think it’s hilarious. Twitter is not a dry medium; it is not a place to be boring. The fact that she embraced the whole "Texts From Hillary" phenomenon, the fact that she pokes fun at those who poke fun at her in her bio, it shows that she gets this modern era of communications and is going to use that to help say whatever it is that she wants to say.
However, Clinton's debut on Twitter coincided with a new Gallup survey, which found that her favorability rating had dropped to 58 percent, which is its lowest level since 2009. The decline was reportedly largely driven by a shift in support among independent voters.

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