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White House Twitter Account Attempts to Enlist Help of '#WHYouth,' Intense Mockery Ensues


"I love this idea that there’s nothing inherently funny about #WHYouth or holiday healthcare talks, and only a 'hack' would think there is."

The Obama administration announced Monday that it would hold a special “youth summit social” on Dec. 4 for the “people who engage” the White House on social media.

The White House also requested that participants “spread the word” by using the Twitter hashtag “#WHYouth,” prompting intense mockery and snickering from certain corners of the Internet.

Apparently, some social media users felt that the White House's "youth” tag was just a tad – creepy:

[blackbirdpie url="https://twitter.com/JimmyPrinceton/status/407626413399764992"]

[blackbirdpie url="https://twitter.com/yesnicksearcy/status/407625081959878656"]

[blackbirdpie url="https://twitter.com/benshapiro/status/407623742307581952"]

[blackbirdpie url="https://twitter.com/rumpfshaker/status/407622304810557440"]

[blackbirdpie url="https://twitter.com/anthropocon/status/407622253678186496"]

The summit aims to educate young voters on the supposed benefits of enrolling in the Affordable Care Act.

“White House Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Google+ followers ages 18-35 are eligible to apply to attend this White House event on December 4,” the White House said in a blog post. “After you sign up, spread the word! Let your followers know that you applied to attend the #WHYouth social.”

[blackbirdpie url="https://twitter.com/jamestaranto/status/407625716977528833"]

[blackbirdpie url="https://twitter.com/charlescwcooke/status/407624058230956032"]

[blackbirdpie url="https://twitter.com/charlescwcooke/status/407620942609657856"]

[blackbirdpie url="https://twitter.com/BenHowe/status/407621376107769856"]

Between people mocking the “#WHYouth” hashtag and the intense criticism the GOP Twitter account received for praising Rosa Parks Sunday for “ending racism,” it looks like social media strategists on both sides of the aisle should take a break.


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Featured image via whitehouse.gov


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