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White House Rickrolls Its 2.3 Million Twitter Followers

photo of Ethan Klapper
July 27, 2011

Who said the White House can't have fun on Twitter?

Toward the end of Wednesday's White House "office hours," in which National Economic Council Deputy Director Brian Deese answered questions via Twitter, David Wiggs of Franklin, Tenn., had a gripe:

This WH correspondence briefing isn't nearly as entertaining as yesterday's. #TCOT #WHchat
 

(#TCOT stands for top conservatives on Twitter—a hashtag that conservatives often include with tweets of a political nature. #WHChat was the hashtag that needed to be tweeted if one wanted to ask the White House a question.)

The White House (it's unclear if Deese sent that particular tweet) responded, with a link:

@wiggsd Sorry to hear that. Fiscal policy is important but can be dry sometimes. Here's something more fun: tinyurl.com/y8ufsnp #WHChat

Clicking the link sent you here:

And with that, the White House rickrolled its Twitter followers.

A rickroll, of course, is when you trick someone into clicking a link to Rick Astley's 1987 song, "Never Gonna Give You Up."

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