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Budget Wonks Dance the 'Harlem Shake' — the Latest Web Trend

Former Comptroller General David Walker and former Office of Management and Budget Director Alice Rivlin dance to the latest Internet meme, the "Harlem Shake." (YouTube/TheCanKicksBack)

photo of Niraj Chokshi
February 15, 2013

If anyone had any doubts that the latest Internet sensation--“Harlem Shake”--has run its course, this might settle it: Former officials Alice Rivlin and David Walker have just posted their own rendition.

Former Comptroller General Walker and former Office of Management and Budget Director Rivlin dance it out in a video produced by The Can Kicks Back, a nonpartisan group aimed at organizing millennials to pressure lawmakers to address the nation’s growing debt. The group, aligned with the high-profile Fix the Debt campaign, posted a similar video last year of former Sen. Alan Simpson dancing to the South Korean sensation “Gangnam Style.”

The elements of the “Harlem Shake” viral video meme, which reached fever pitch this week, are simple. First, record someone wearing wacky headgear shimmying to the song "Harlem Shake," by Baauer, surrounded by people oblivious to their out-of-place gyrations. Then, when the beat drops, cut to a scene in which everyone in the room is suddenly, animatedly dancing—the more wackily dressed, the better.

 

Some say it's already dead, but this will no doubt seal the deal for many of the remaining holdouts. Here’s the video of Rivlin and Walker, followed by some other examples:

 

Here’s one from the University of Georgia men's swimming and diving team:

 

Another from the students at Iowa’s Drake University:

 

And some firefighters:

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