Never gonna give you up
White House "Rickrolls" grumpy Twitter follower
Well, it's better late than never.
Three years after it was cool, the White House pulled off a "Rickroll."
During a recent White House "Office Hours" held by National Economic Council Deputy Director Brian Deese, a grumpy man from Franklin, Tenn., decided that the conversation just was not intellectually stimulating enough for him.
Upon tweeting that "This WH correspondence briefing isn't nearly as entertaining as yesterday's," Deese (or whichever intern was manning the account at that moment) shot back with quite the repartee.
The responding tweet was sympathetic in nature, offering a sweet apology and concurring that "fiscal policy is important, but can be boring." The extended olive branch of choice? A link that might be found "more fun" — a video of Astley singing the song he is most known for.
Rickrolling, a phenomenon introduced in 2008, involves stealth insertion of Rick Astley's video for "Never Gonna Give You Up" into an otherwise unrelated situation. The most famous of all rickrolls took place on Thanksgiving Day 2008, when the man himself emerged from the inside of a Macy's Parade float to serenade the crowd and TV watchers nation-wide.