Hillary Clinton has proved that she can have a little fun while jetting between meetings with important world leaders.
The secretary of state found time to make her own meme from the Time magazine and Reuters photos that went viral on the internet over the past week and inspired the tumblr Texts from Hillary. And there's a photo to prove it.
One photo, originally taken by TIME's Diana Walker, shows a jetsetting Clinton in a beaded necklace and sunglasses using her cell phone while her staff members scurry behind her. Another photo of the same scene by Reuters' Kevin Lamarque was also used in a funny meme that pretended Hillary was texting with big names like Ryan Gosling and Arianna Huffington.
Adam Smith and Stacy Lambe, the two publicists behind the tumblr, said they were ecstatic when a member of Clinton's staff reached out to them Monday afternoon. Her staff also submitted a meme made by Clinton (likely with some help), which was published on the site Tuesday. Smith took a picture of an autographed copy.
Adam - Thanks for the many LOLZ. Hillary 'Hillz' reads Clinton's comment on the pic.
Like the other memes, the picture includes added captions to make it look like Clinton is texting with someone else. ROFL @ ur tumblr! g2g - scrunchie time. Ttyl? it says on the photo.
We didn't even believe it at first, Smith told The Huffington Post. Stacy and I IMed each other at the same time, basically saying, 'Oh my God, this email!
They were invited to the State Department, where Clinton told them she was a big fan of the site.
It was great, Smith told Politico. 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. According to the Huffington Post's Amanda Terkel, her favorite was the Ryan Gosling one.
The photo -- and the meme -- are helping Clinton transform her image of a tough lady in a pantsuit to something more glamorous. Talking Points Memo's Benjy Sarlin puts it best:
What a difference four years makes, Sarlin wrote. When she was running for the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton was parodied as drab and calculated, especially compared with young and vigorous Barack Obama and winking and fresh-faced Sarah Palin. Now, she's fueling Internet jokes on her brand of badass cool.