Barack Obama is the first president-elect to deliver his radio addresses on YouTube. Now Nancy Pelosi has become the first Speaker of the House to launch a YouTube channel for Congress — and advertise it with an online prank.
Here's how it goes. The video (you can watch it here) opens with a Pelosi "cat cam" and then suddenly segues to Rick Astley's 1987 hit "Never Gonna Give You Up." Yup, you've been Rickrolled.
For those not familiar, the online prank has been around for a couple years, and the joke is to trick the viewer into watching the video. (And sorry, if you're about to watch it, you'll probably have the tune in your head for the rest of the day.)
Now, savvy YouTube viewers will get that Pelosi is trying to get jiggy with the Web-crazed kids and show she knows something (or at least her interns do) about Internet culture. But most everyone else will be — at the very least — confused. If comments are any indication, they ran from the bemused ("This is where our tax dollars are going?") to the outright amused ("five stars") to the disgusted ("This comes across as extraordinarily lame.").
It does show Congress has a lighter side. All we ask is that they keep their day jobs.
Remember this crap down the road people.