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Hillary Clinton’s Twitter Debut: A Cut Chat

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Today, at 12:44 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Hillary Clinton finally joined Twitter. The news that “hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, glass ceiling cracker” Hillary had joined Twitter drove the Cut’s internal chat room into a frenzy. How does her first tweet rate? What’s up with that bio? What does Huma Abedin think? Come, join us in wild speculation.

Benina Sax, social media manager: Just a heads up — Hilary Clinton is now verified and officially on Twitter.

Charlotte Cowles, writer: AHHH, I love it.

Maureen O’Connor, writer: I wonder if Huma was consulted on this decision.

Kat Stoeffel, writer: She’s so good at it already, perfect first tweet: 

Charlotte: The Texts From Hillary guy she tweeted at is freaking out.

Kurt Soller, features editor: AMAZING. But let’s talk about Hillary’s Twitter bio: “Wife, mom, lawyer, women & kids advocate, FLOAR, FLOTUS, US Senator, SecState, author, dog owner, hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, glass ceiling cracker, TBD … “

Maureen: “Cracker” kind of distracting me.

Stella Bugbee, editorial director: “TBD” is my favorite, but “Wife, Mom” is such an interesting and calculated little piece of text. Of all those things, WIFE made it first?

Maureen: Seems like chronological order, maybe? Surprising because people used to be suspicious about the origin of her career, how she “politicized” the office of First Lady. Also, everyone knows résumés are supposed to be reverse-chron.

Charlotte: I bet it’s a “softening” thing.

Kurt: She also turned her pantsuits and hair into a joke, but I thought we weren’t supposed to talk about those things. Can we now? 

Kat: By embracing her memes, she’s saying yes. What a 21st-century form of self-actualization.

Benina: Speaking of WIFE, Bill Clinton has weighed in:

Kat: Hahaha, Bill’s bio. “Founder, the Clinton Foundation.” It should be “father, philanderer, vegan.”

Maureen: When did Twitter bios become epitaphs, anyway? The listing of relationship identities — wife, mom — is straight out of an obituary. “Here lies Maureen O’Connor, daughter, sister, ironic use of the #TweetYourWeight hashtag.”

Kat: “Katherine Stoeffel, followed her mom.”

Maureen: There is something almost too easy about famous people culling favor by sweetly buying into the memes other people create about them.

Stella: Yeah, but genius too.

Charlotte: When it’s handed to you on a silver platter, it’d be silly not to.

Maureen: I know. Just that I’ll be more impressed when someone like Romney, whose memes all made fun of him, finds a way to turn that momentum around and harness it, jujitsu-style. We already know what Hillary is going to do on Twitter. Same stuff Obama does. I would be more excited if Huma Abedin joined Twitter. Or if Huma Abedin commented on Hillary joining Twitter. Everyone just scream “TWITTER” every time Huma Abedin walks by, is what I’m saying.

Charlotte: Yeah, but if Huma is BEHIND Hillary’s Twitter? And what if Hillary tweets dog pictures??

Maureen: Dog pictures have potential.

Charlotte: See, that’s where I think the “wife, mother” thing comes in. She’s going to use Twitter to endear people to her with cute pictures and other Internet fodder.

Maureen: I love Hillary, but I’m not following her until Bill tweets a crotch shot. That is when it gets interesting.

Hillary Clinton’s Twitter Debut: A Cut Chat