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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Forget about the wrinkly elbows. Realizing I had missed last week’s hot new Internet meme/website made me feel old and out of touch. The fact that I only learned of it today by reading the quaint paper version of the New York Times pegs me as ancient. (Damn! When have I ever needed to learn about new media from traditional media?) Just when I thought it couldn’t get worse, the meme became so successful that the website creators decided to go out on a high note: They shut down their site before I could even post about it. I’m officially Methuselah!

In case you also missed out, here’s the speed-of-light tale of Texts From Hillary Clinton. Last October, two photographers — Kevin Lamarque of Reuters and Diana Walker of Time — took pictures of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on a plane. Clinton, wearing sunglasses and wielding her BlackBerry, looked tough and chic. A welcome change from the cheap-ass hair clip catastrophe of 2010! Stacy Lambe and Adam Smith, both communications professionals in Washington, D.C., were inspired last Wednesday to create a site that paired the Clinton pictures with pictures of other famous people using their phones. They and other contributors came up with imagined text conversations for each pairing; in each case, too-cool-for-school Clinton provided the zinger. Clinton is seen rejecting Mark Zuckerberg’s friend request, giving a “bitch, please” to Sarah Palin,  and rejecting Jon Stewart’s show in favor of Stephen Colbert’s. One of my favorites was Clinton’s reaction to a missive from disgraced sexting politican Anthony Weiner.

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Yesterday, Lambe and Smith got a submission from Clinton herself, as well as a photo op with her. Calling the response to their creation “overwhelming” and “hilarious,” they said goodbye today:

“As far as memes go – it has gone as far as it can go. Is it really possible to top a submission from the Secretary herself? No. But then when you get to text with her in real life – it’s just over. At least for us. But we have no doubt it will live on with all of you on the Internet.”

“It turns out,” they concluded, “that memes really do come true.” I’m sorry to see them go so soon but I’ll treasure what they did. I’ve defended Clinton’s lack of interest in fashion, and reluctantly drawn the line at her hair-clip disaster. It did give me a thrill to see her looking bad-ass, just as I was happy to see her having a “Wear What You Want” moment in February. I give hot Hillary — and her meme — two snaps up!

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22 Responses to “Stylish Hillary Clinton, Moving at the Speed of Light”

  1. Lara says:

    I only heard about it yesterday so don’t feel bad. I wish they would keep it up. So funny!

  2. Jyoti (Style-Delights)
    Twitter: styledelights
    says:

    These images were HILARIOUS!! These guys really knew whet they are doing!! I’m gonna miss Hillz texts! BTW, did you see Ryan Gosling one? “Hey Girl” “It is Madam Secretary to you!”

  3. I have heart-ed that woman for so many years. The newest iteration, bad-ass Hill, might be the best yet.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    I might be more Methuselah than you–I’ve been underground for almost four weeks, and the only news I’m getting is from NPR while I’m driving. I never heard about this. I heard all about campaigns, senseless shootings in various states (including Florida), rocket launches, obesity + autism, and fish food, but not this.

    I’m so grateful that you print all the news that’s fitting. To put on a blog. Not in print.

  5. I love it. Totally missed this with the Brick Brouhaha :P

  6. Maja H says:

    I practically live on the internet and yet I totally missed this one. So funny, love bad-ass Hilary!

  7. Kristy says:

    hilary is SO badass. I’ll probably be one of those people who will still defend her hair clip disaster. I mean of course for god’s sake get the woman a stylist (if some actresses don’t have time to dress themselves, how should we expect the SECRETARY of STATE to be able to??), she’s clearly have much more important issues than her mind than a bad hair day.

  8. Darlene says:

    I’m always behind the times myself :o) Love Hillary!

    Love Bill too! I have the Lady Gaga video where she sings to Bill on the last page of my former blog and a funny celebrity video about the Clinton Foundation. You can link it from my main page. Good stuff!

    Nice blog! Added you to my reading list. Thanks for the comment. Nice to meet you!

  9. brilliant post. I missed it too. Lovely to catch up with it here. Xxxx

  10. Love, lovelovelove.

  11. Emma Yamada says:

    I am just commenting to say that I received my Teeny Genie necklace yesterday that I ordered and Love it!

  12. Alicia
    Twitter: T
    says:

    two snaps, a twist, and a kiss!

  13. The Style Crone
    Twitter: judithstylecrone.com
    says:

    With you on the snaps up!

  14. joann, sidewalk chic
    Twitter: joannssidewalk
    says:

    I love that she played along! My favorites were the Meryl Streep and Anna Wintour ones.

  15. stacy says:

    brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. i give you two snaps up!!

  16. Susan Tiner says:

    What a funny post about my fashion icon Hillary! Don’t you just love her? Her text cracked me up. And those guys are very good.