Bill Clinton Sends His First Tweet, With Some Help From Stephen Colbert

By An Phung
|  Tuesday, Apr 9, 2013  |  Updated 12:47 PM EDT
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Bill Clinton Sends His First Tweet

AP

Former President Bill Clinton's new Twitter handle is @PrezBillyJeff.

Former President Bill Clinton sent out his first tweet over the weekend with a little help from Stephen Colbert.

The talk show host helped Clinton set up his Twitter account on Monday's "Colbert Report" after he revealed that the former president has never sent a tweet.

Colbert set up the handle @PrezBillyJeff, since @PresidentClinton was already taken, and helped Clinton type his first tweet:

Colbert also helped the ex-president set up his account profile, which reads "I am President William Jefferson Billy Jeff Rodham Clinton. Stephen Colbert is my BFF."

Monday's show was a special broadcast of the annual Clinton Global Initiative University meeting that was held over the weekend. The two talked mostly about Clinton's political career, but when they discussed social media, the ex-president admitted that he was a little insecure about Twitter.

"What if you tweet and nobody tweets back?" Clinton asked. "There is nothing worse than a friendless tweeter, right?"

But he may not have to worry about that. As of Tuesday afternoon, @PrezBillyJeff has over 55,000 followers and his first tweet was retweeted over 3,500 times.

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