The secretary of state is firmly embracing an Internet parody that purports to show her texting various politicians and celebrities, shooting them down with snappy retorts. Clinton invited the creators of the "Texts from Hillary" Tumblr website to the State Department on Tuesday and shared a laugh with them. And, she even submitted her own fake exchange.
The site has become an Internet sensation since it was launched last week. It is based on photographs of Clinton, wearing sunglasses, surrounded by briefing papers and staring at her Blackberry, aboard a military transport plane flying to Libya in October.
In it, the captions show her launching imaginary witty ripostes at her husband, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and others who are all depicted in photos looking at smartphones and distracting Clinton from important work at hand.
The series of make-believe images and accompanying messages shows Clinton bluntly rejecting a friend request from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg, turning down "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart by saying she is booked on rival Stephen Colbert's program and responding "drink" to a request for advice from teetotaler GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.
On the site, the serious looking Clinton is harassed by incessant, pointless texts from Obama and Biden who send her the latest Justin Bieber video, ask her what she's up to and try to tell jokes. "Running the world," Clinton replies to a lounging Obama. "Really Joe?" She says to Biden who asks "So you know what the bartender says?"
Clinton aides said she found the site hilarious and wanted to meet the creators, Stacy Lambe and Adam Smith, two Washington-based communications advisers.
At their meeting on Tuesday, Clinton posed with Lambe and Smith and signed a copy of her "Text from Hillary" submission "Thanks for the many LOLZ Hillary 'Hillz."