@BillClinton Not Following @BarackObama — Nothing Personal

Photograph by Jin Lee/Bloomberg

U.S. President Barack Obama, front, and former U.S. President Bill Clinton embrace after speaking on stage during the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in New York on Sept. 25, 2012.

The Clintons, it appears, are leaders, not followers.

Bill Clinton, former president, has a following of 838,006 at Twitter, where he often holds forth on matters ranging from the Supreme Court’s rulings this week to President Barack Obama’s global warming initiatives.

But his inbox is pretty light: Following just 10 interests on Twitter, including his wife @HillaryClinton, his daughter @ChelseaClinton, his library, his foundation, his global initiative — and comedian @StephenColbert.

Hillary Clinton, former first lady, senator from New York and secretary of state, current “author, dog owner, hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, glass ceiling cracker” — and potential presidential candidate in 2016 (“TBD”) @HillaryClinton — has gained an instant following of 567,431 in the few weeks her personal account has been open.

She’s only following six: including @BillClinton and Chelsea, and the foundation @ClintonFdn that is now named for the three of them.

Neither the former first lady nor former president is following the current first lady @FLOTUS or sitting president @BarackObama. For that matter, @FLOTUS is not following @BarackObama, which just goes to show that no one should take any of this tweetery personally. The president has 33.3 million followers of his own, the first lady 410,216 — and one heck of a photographer with 72,000 followers of his own who loves to tweet:


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