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"Texts From Hillary" Internet meme started by two guys in a gay sports bar

Photo: Kevin Lamarque for Reuters

If you have been on Facebook for even a minute this past week, it's been impossible not to see the latest Internet meme -- Texts From Hillary -- a Tumblr filled with imaginary texts from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The site was created by Stacy Lambe and Adam Smith, two gay guys, who had the idea on the rooftop of Nellie's, a popular D.C. gay sports bar.

Clinton loved the site so much that she met with Lambe and Smith yesterday, posing for pictures and supplying her own text caption. From Metro Weekly:

Lambe marvels: "For her to ... walk up to us and know us by name and shake our hands and greet us and everything, it was just absolutely divine."

Smith: "Then, she said, 'I have this idea for a picture I want to do.' Her assistant gave us our phones back because they have to take them when you go into her office. They gave us our phones back and we just took pictures pretending that we were texting."

With her sunglasses on.


Lambe says, "It was a wild moment."

The sunglasses are a big part of the meme, since the meme is based on a photo of Clinton in sunglasses looking fierce. The meme is already played out, with Lambe and Smith posting this today:

After a week that included 32 posts, 83,000 shares on Facebook, 8,400 Twitter followers, over 45K Tumblr followers, news stories around the world, Renee Montagne from Morning Edition saying “ROFL,” a Maureen Dowd column, and a tweet from ?uest Love, we think it’s time to stop while we are ahead.

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.

I just think it's cool this was all cooked up in a gay sports bar.

Lambe and Smith with Clinton