Sideshow: Tweets, tassels and teddy bears...oh my!

Time for the Sideshow!

The Twitter community got a new member this week – President Obama!

After nearly seven years in office, the president officially joined the social media giant on Monday under the handle @POTUS. Within hours, the president collected over one million followers including one of his predecessors, former President Bill Clinton, who had a particularly pertinent question about the account:

Not to be outdone, President Obama offered an ingenious response:

I think it’s safe to say he’s getting the hang of this Twitter thing.

Next up, it's graduation season across the country, which means it’s time for high-profile speakers to offer their words of wisdom to the Class of 2015.

Last weekend, Vice President Joe Biden spoke at Yale University and put some of his trademark humor on display.

“Now look — I realize no one ever doubts I mean what I say,” Biden quipped. “The problem occasionally is, I say all that I mean. I have a bad reputation for being straight, sometimes at inappropriate times.”

Nevertheless, the Vice President made sure to offer up heartfelt advice to the graduates, telling them to not “…forget about what doesn’t come from this prestigious diploma — the heart to know what’s meaningful and what’s ephemeral; and the head to know the difference between knowledge and judgment.”


At Wake Forest University, Stephen Colbert followed a similar script, even drawing on a recent social media phenomenon: #TheDress.

“Everyone has a black and gold tassel -- or is it blue and white?” Colbert joked. “Grandparents, just know this was the issue that divided a generation.”

However, the soon-to-be host of "The Late Show" made sure to impart his own wisdom, warning graduates about being told the difference between right and wrong, and instead urging them to “…find the courage to decide for yourself what is right and what is wrong, and then please, expect as much of the world around you.”

Finally, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) may have found a companion for his presidential campaign.

After Sanders announced his run for the Democratic presidential nomination, the Vermont Teddy Bear Company jumped on the opportunity to make their own “furry” version of the Vermont Senator...Bernie Bear.

The bear is now available for pre-order on their website, which leads to the question: what will be the next politician-inspired teddy bear?

The Clinton Cub perhaps?