You may not be able to see it by the time this post is up – YouTube has been cracking down on the use of copyrighted music, and it has already been removed once from Pelosi’s official YouTube channel. But it doesn’t matter. The video – which started with a couple of cats frolicking in the Capitol before launching into Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” – has already made a media splash.
Aside from being funny and a good media hook, it shows the Speaker’s office understands the folks who use modern media – Rickrolling is an older prank, but new enough to be relevant (it’s no Dancing Jesus) and wholly unexpected from a federal officeholder. Kudos to Pelosi for running with what was probably the suggestion of a younger staffer.
That said, it’s telling that the Democrats in Congress are harnessing the awesome power of online video to bring us images of kittens and Rick Astley.