The Note: Hillary Clinton Is Doing Things Her Way


--I'LL DO IT MY WAY: Clinton opened her remarks in Iowa yesterday by explaining why she is doing these small, intimate gatherings. She didn't mention the press specifically, but it almost seemed like her way of telling people to stop nagging: "Somebody asked me the other day, 'well you're going to these events where you're taking time to actually talk and listen to people, is that really what you're going to do?' And I said, 'well yes it is.' Not only do I learn a lot but I also feel like it's the best way to make those connections that will not only give me a firm foundation here in Iowa or primary in New Hampshire. It really is about people to people connections."

--TODAY COULD BE DAY 28: This morning Clinton will continue with her swing through Iowa. She's set to visit a bike shop where she will "participate in a discussion with members of the small business and lending communities," according to a campaign aide. But no word yet if she'll talk to the press.



POTUS VERIFIED: PRESIDENT OBAMA FINALLY GETS HIS OWN TWITTER ACCOUNT: Say goodbye to those White House tweets signed - "BO." From now on, whenever President Obama personally tweets, it will be from his newly launched @POTUS account. Only the President, himself, will tweet from this account, the White House advises, making all the tweets from @POTUS directly attributed to the President; More from ABC's JORDYN PHELPS:

MEET TWITTER'S ORIGINAL POTUS (HINT: IT'S NOT PRESIDENT OBAMA). When Steve D'Alimonte first claimed the Twitter handle @POTUS in 2008, he was just a "West Wing" fan testing out on a new social media platform that he heard about from a tech-savvy friend. But this week, he achieved Twitter stardom, ABC's JORDYN PHELPS notes. "I had the handle until 2011 when I moved to the U.S.," D'Alimonte, a Canadian citizen who currently lives in Toronto but spent several years living in California, told ABC News. "Because I was looking for jobs at the time ... I thought it was probably time to choose a handle that better reflected me and not the President of the United States, which I definitely am not." After initially changing the handle to his own name in 2011, D'Almonte decided he should not entirely let go of the @POTUS handle on the off-chance that someone might be interested in claiming it down the road. It turns out D'Alimonte was correct, with President Obama himself taking over the handle and putting it to use on Monday.

MITCH MCCONNELL OUTLINES BUSY SENATE TO-DO LIST AHEAD OF RECESS. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell outlined a jam-packed agenda for the Senate in the final days before a week-long Memorial Day recess, ABC's ARLETTE SAENZ notes. McConnell said the Senate must complete its work on three measures -- TPA, FISA, and highway funding -- before leaving for Memorial Day. He warned senators against making travel plans before a path forward in each measure is revealed. "The Senate will finish its work on trade this week and we will remain in session as long as it takes to do so," McConnell said yesterday.

SCOTT WALKER HAS A QUESTION FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HILLARY CLINTON ON IRAQ. "What would either of them say to the families of American service members, particularly those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, that today many of them feel like that sacrifice was made in vain?" Walker asked Sean Hannity -- rhetorically -- in a radio interview Monday, ABC's JORDYN PHELPS notes. "How do we clean up the mess that's been created by President Obama and Hillary Clinton?" Walker added, defending President Bush's actions in the country and blaming the Obama administration for the current state of affairs in the war-torn country. Walker said the destabilization in the Middle East is only going to snowball further with the president's tentative agreement with Iran, which he predicted will open the door to nuclear proliferation in the region. "It's like putting a genie in a bottle," Walker said of the consequences of making a bad deal with Iran.


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