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Posted at 05:17 PM ET, 07/27/2011

White House ‘Rickrolls’ Twitter followers?

When one of its Twitter followers sounded off on the relative boredom of Wednesday’s press briefing, the White House’s official Twitter account took the unusual step of responding with one of the most famous music videos on the Internet.

David Wiggs, who goes by the handle @wiggsd, tweeted that “This WH correspondence briefing isn’t nearly as entertaining as yesterday’s,” which the White House promptly retweeted.

This WH correspondence briefing isn't nearly as entertaining as yesterday's. #TCOT #WHchatless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

The Obama administration’s Twitter account then followed up by noting that “fiscal policy is important, but can be dry” and offered a “more fun” link to Rick Astley’s “Never gonna give you up” video. Astley was made famous in recent years by the Internet meme of “Rickrolling,” in which someone deceptively suggests a link, often by claiming it will lead to an incredible, but fictitious, story. The mark then clicks the link, only to find Astley’s campy ‘80s music video.

@wiggsd Sorry to hear that. Fiscal policy is important, but can be dry sometimes. Here's something more fun: http://t.co/ca31My7 #WHChatless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Internet enthusiasts will observe that the White House tweet lacks the key bait-and-switch element, and therefore does not constitute a true “Rickroll.”

Watch the video:

By  |  05:17 PM ET, 07/27/2011

 
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