On Monday, the Obama Administration launched a new initiative aimed at engaging our nation’s youth. The ‘Youth Social Summit’ will take place Wednesday, December 4 and will offer “young people from around the country an opportunity to discuss the Affordable Care Act and other issues with senior White House officials.” Anyone between the ages of 18 and 35 who follows any of the White House's social media accounts is eligible to apply for a chance to attend the summit.
While most people wouldn’t object to the idea of a president setting up an event geared at the youth, the Youth Social Summit has come under fire because of an unusual request from the Obama Administration. The White House asked participants to “spread the word” by using the Twitter hashtag #WHYouth. Needless to say, the ‘White House Youth’ moniker prompted intense mockery from many.
“You know what’s not creepy at all. It’s not the least bit creepy – this 'White House Youth' program,” Pat joked on radio this morning. “I'm not calling it that, they are. #WHYouth.”
While there is obviously a chance no one in White House realized the similarities between its hashtag and the infamous ‘Hitler Youth’, it’s hard to imagine not a single person voiced concern over the name.
“Is this just an attempt to draw us in, [and] distract us from Healthcare.gov,” Stu asked. “Why use that name… It is very creepy.”
TheBlaze has compiled some of the funniest tweets sent out about the White House Youth tag and below are a few of the highlights:
Perhaps #WHYouth should use as its slogan "Forward!" No other nefarious youth organization has ever used that slogan. Oh, wait.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) December 2, 2013
They didn’t seriously call it #WHYouth did they? Is this some perverted form of Godwin’s law where they do it for us?— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) December 2, 2013
“The Hitler Youth doesn't have enough meaning that you wouldn't change it,” Pat asked. “So they are not using Hitler's name, so I guess they did…. It's crazy. Just crazy.”
“That's the biggest alteration: Let’s not use ‘Hitler,’” Stu joked. “You can have programs reaching out to the youth. Everybody is fine with that, I think. But to call it ‘White House Youth’ is incredibly crazy.”