Rick Astley will save the world economy - the White House says so

While the White House engages in a game of brinkmanship with US Republicans over the future of the US – and effectively the world – economy and its ever-growing national debt, they do at least still have time for providing some light relief.

In response to a complaint that its daily briefing was less than enthralling, the White House tweeted through its @whitehouse Twitter feed to say, “Sorry to hear that. Fiscal policy is important, but can be dry sometimes. Here’s something more fun:”  adding this URL, and duly “Rick-rolled” the bored correspondent – with a link to Rick Astley singing Never Gonna Give You Up on YouTube.

For the uninitiated, Rick-rolling is an internet phenomenon where people appear to link to something interesting, useful or pertinent, but instead send them to Rick singing his 1987 UK number one smash hit.

When the world economy goes down the plug-hole as a result of US politicans being unable to agree on a deal to avoid defaulting on their national debt, we can all console ourselves by singing a few verses: “Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye, never gonna tell a lie, or hurt you…”

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