WASHINGTON -- In what may be the first approval of a meme by the State Department, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton took time to throw her endorsement behind the popular “Texts From Hillary” Tumblr account.
Based off of photos of Clinton taken by photographers Diana Walker of Time and Kevin Lamarque of Reuters, showing her aboard a military airplane and peeking at her BlackBerry, the site is based on simply captioning an imagined conversation between Clinton and another prominent figure such as Mitt Romney or Arianna Huffington. Like the many memes that came before, it quickly spread across the Web, but rarely are memes ever traced back to their source, let alone when that source is so high up in the federal government.
On Tuesday, Texts from Hillary received an official submission from the secretary of State herself, seen here, which features the two creators of the meme, Adam Smith and Stacy Lambe. Both Smith and Lambe work in Washington, D.C., and were invited to the State Department by Clinton so she could express her approval for the site.
“It was great. She came out, she was all smiles, told us how much she likes the site and that people have been telling her all about it,” Smith said in an interview with Politico. Clinton also signed a copy of the comic she made, which Smith shared on Twitter.