'Texts from Hillary' calls it quits
The hit Tumblr got Hillary Clinton to make a submission. But now the site has become too much, and its creators said today that they're pulling the plug on the project.
"Memes really do come true."
For Adam Smith and Stacy Lambe, it's been a week of seriously whirlwind proportions. But after seeing their mega-hit Tumblr blog,, get international attention and even inspire a submission from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton herself, the two Washington, D.C., men are shutting it all down.
If you haven't followed this phenomenon, picture LOLCats crossed with pictures of Hillary Clinton texting. Add tens of thousands of viewers around the world, some hilarious captions, and a surprise invitation by Clinton to Smith and Lambe to meet at the State Department, and you've got the makings for meme history.
But while Smith and Lambe clearly relished the attention -- and the invitation to Foggy Bottom -- it appears that it's all gotten to be too much.
It's been an overwhelming--and hilarious--week for us here at "Texts from Hillary" (TFH). What started as a joke at the bar between two friends turned into a national conversation about Secretary Clinton and went as far as talks about 2016.
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.
What this means is that you'll still be able to go and see submissions featuring, say, Jon Stewart texting "Daily Show this week?" to Hillary and having the former First Lady respond, "Already booked Colbert." But there will never again be a new entry.
Unless, that is, someone else picks up the baton. After all, who says there couldn't be a new site, Texts with Hillary? Or Tweets from Hillary. There's plenty of room to play around with the idea.
Then again, sometimes a shooting star is just that, and peters out before we can really get a clear view of it. If that's the case with this meme, then so be it. Let's just hope that Clinton keeps her sense of humor.