Stephen Colbert lures Bill Clinton to Twitter

Stephen Colbert lures Bill Clinton to Twitter

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ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 6: Former President Bill Clinton and TV personality Stephen Colbert take questions from the audience during the Clinton Global Initiative University at Washington University on April 6, 2013 in St Louis Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 9 at 10:50 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Bill Clinton is now on Twitter, albeit without a very presidential name.

Stephen Colbert lured the former president to the social networking site on "The Colbert Report" on Monday, signing him up with the handle PrezBillyJeff. Clinton dictated his first message to Colbert, who typed: "Just spent an amazing time with Colbert! Is he sane? He is cool!"

Whether Clinton would continue to use the account is uncertain. Colbert's hand is clearly in the account's bio, too. It reads: "Stephen Colbert is my BFF."

By Tuesday morning, the account had amassed nearly 50,000 followers and was climbing fast.

Colbert interviewed Clinton not in his New York studio, but at the annual Clinton Global Initiative University gathering in St. Louis. The interview had been taped on Saturday.

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Clinton's Twitter account: http://twitter.com/prezbillyjeff

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