US House speaker uses Taylor Swift for Obama swipe17 january 2015, 11:06
US House Speaker John Boehner has gone all Taylor Swift on America, and the verdict is still out whether haters gonna hate hate hate on his latest anti-Obama messaging -- or shake it off, AFP reports.
Digital directors for the most powerful congressional Republican in years released "12 Taylor Swift GIFs for you" Friday on Boehner's official website -- a sign that either Swift has just achieved world domination, or Boehner is trying to reach a younger audience in 2015.
The post's 12 GIFs -- a low-resolution film clip format -- show the Grammy-award-winning singer-songwriter dancing, rolling her eyes, scratching her chin and generally acting like the superstar that she is.
But there is a political message attached -- "exposing the truth" about President Barack Obama's "free" college plan, according to the text.
The White House last week announced an Obama proposal that would make community college free for many students, but it was vague on the funding details.
"Free?! Is he using magic money?" the Boehner post read above a GIF of a frizzy-haired Swift dressed as a schoolgirl.
"Turns out... when President Obama said 'free' what he meant was '$60 billion over 10 years.' Not even all the Taylor Swift album sales in the world would cover that bill."
The 25-year-old's latest album, "1989," is currently number one on the pop charts, racking up sales of nearly four million copies, according to Billboard.
"Still, $60 billion is a lot of money... you can't just shake it off," Boehner's team adds, above a GIF of Swift swinging her hips in her smash video "Shake It Off."
Swift reportedly performed at the Republican National Convention in 2008.
The speaker's office confirmed that the website post -- which landed in the inboxes of many a puzzled reporter early Friday -- was genuine.
"We are always looking for fun, effective ways to communicate with the American people about President Obama's failed policies, and our better solutions," Boehner spokesman Michael Steel told AFP.
"As Speaker Boehner says, 'you have to reach people where they are.'"