Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright joined Twitter Monday and had garnered several thousand followers by late morning.
Her first tweet was a picture of herself on a smartphone, sporting a Twitter brooch on her dress. She’s the first of three female secretaries of state but the last to join Twitter, Albright said. Both Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice are active on the social network.
First of 3 female SecState's - last to join Twitter. Better late than never! pic.twitter.com/gDQZUvebnR— Madeleine Albright (@madeleine) September 23, 2013
Her Twitter biography says she’s a “Grateful Czech immigrant, mother & grandmother, former Secretary of State, passionate democrat, author, prof, bizwoman, pin, collector, & occasional drummer.”
The drumming came as a surprise to one of her State Department successors.
Something I didn't know until I read her new bio this AM: Secretary Albright plays the drums. Welcome to Twitter @Madeleine. See you at CGI!— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 23, 2013
She demonstrated her skills in a surprise performance at the Kennedy Center in 2012.
The first few accounts Albright followed include policy organizations, The Aspen Institute and the National Democratic Institute; Hillary Clinton; former President Bill Clinton and their daughter Chelsea. She also followed President Obama and other officials in his administration.
From 1997 until 2001, Albright served as Clinton’s secretary of State. At the time, she was the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. She previously served as the U.S.’s permanent representative to the U.N.
Albright, 76, now teaches diplomacy at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
One of Clinton’s former White House chiefs of staff, John Podesta, welcomed his former colleague to Twitter.
Warmly welcoming my friend @madeleine to Twitter. Naturally she is tweeting more stylishly than the rest, with a brooch for the occasion.— John Podesta (@johnpodesta) September 23, 2013
Obama’s National Security Council did, too.
Welcome to Twitter, @madeleine! We'll be following...
— @NSCPress (@NSCPress) September 23, 2013
This story was updated at 7:57 p.m.