It was only yesterday that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton added her two cents to the “Texts With Hillary” meme that took off over the past week. But all good things must come to an end. The Tumblr’s creators, Adam Smith and Stacy Lambe, have announced that they’re getting out while the getting’s good.
“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,” the final TTYL post reads.
But even if the blog is gone, the boost for Madam Secretary will stick around.
In a column from the Times’ Maureen Dowd simply titled “State of Cool,” Dowd discusses the authority that the original black and white image conveys. One woman says the photo sent “chills” down her spine. The photo is very much a stop-and-stare image of a powerful woman.
But also, Dowd talks about the more relaxed relationship Secretary Clinton has with the press nowadays. Dowd isn’t necessarily the arbiter of cool, but she makes a good point. Jumping in on the fun is a nice juxtaposition to what one imagines is happening in the photo. Something very much in the spirit of what President Obama does when one minute he’s making big announcements from behind a podium and the next, he’s playing with children during the White House Easter festivities.
Anyways, today was back to work, as she opened the G8 conference with talk of Iran, Syria, and North Korea. Madam Secretary is doing everything.
[image from Texts From Hillary. Bottom image: Kevin Lemarque, Reuters]