WASHINGTON (CAP) - In what political analysts are calling the first direct cross-party head-to-head attack of the two candidates most likely to be squaring off in November's presidential election, Sen. John McCain has apparently "rickrolled" Sen. Barack Obama.
Obama's camp is crying foul, and calling for McCain to remove himself from the race for the Oval Office on the grounds of "conduct unbecoming a potential president."
"Barack has definitely been rickrolled," said Obama campaign staffer Nonny Odenkirk. "And it was definitely that old bastard McCain who did it. He sent us an email with a link to a video that he described as a groundbreaking report on global warming, but when Sen. Obama clicked on the link, it opened up to that Rick Astley video.
"I tell you this much," added Odenkirk, "McCain better watch his back, because if he ever crosses paths with me, I will pepper sauce that guy."
Rickrolling is a popular internet prank that involves sending a link to someone under the guise that it contains "something amazing" that they "need to check out right away." That link then directs the person to a video of Rick Astley's 1988 hit song, Never Gonna Give You Up.
"It is an amazingly creative use of time spent online," noted sociologist and internet commentator Mitchell Cumsteen. "The victims' responses range from confusion to fury, and the sender is left with a good chuckle and a sense of accomplishment that they were able to pull off such a clever prank.
"I'm certain that Sen. McCain had a hearty laugh sitting around with his good friends Hugh Hefner, Wilfred Brimley, and Bob Barker," added Cumsteen.
Sen. Hillary Clinton called rickrolling "childish," adding that she "was always more of a Richard Marx fan anyway."
Obama has vowed revenge on McCain, which could mean anything from ordering 50 pizzas to be delivered to McCain's home to signing him up for the Terrence Trent d'Arby fan club. He has also vowed to outlaw rickrolling if he is elected president, making it a felony punishable by a $50,000 fine or no less than eight years in prison.
- CAP News Staff