Yes, that's a compilation of politicians quoting the lyrics of Astley's masterpiece for their peers. It was no easy feat to pull off, either -- the culprits had extremely strict rules for their prank. In order to avoid tipping off the State House clerks, they had to spread out the song lyrics evenly amongst the speakers. Each representative also had to make sure to deliver their line during a floor speech so it could be videotaped.
Now, the lyrics to a melodramatic pop song don't exactly weave seamlessly into normal political jargon -- you can really only get away with sneaking three or four words in before someone starts to notice that you're crooning. Consequently, the motley crew of Oregonian Republicans and Democrats in on the prank knew they were in for a long con. They started executing their plan during a special session in February 2010, sneaking in bits and pieces of the song -- including the really difficult-to-disguise lyrics like "ooh" and " hurt you" -- while Smith painstakingly combed through countless hours of footage in order to edit them into a coherent clip. It took them a year and two months to put together the clip you see above, which they eventually released on April Fool's day in 2011, to the delight of 1.6 million YouTube viewers and counting.
Thomas Le Ngo
"Now that Republicans and Democrats are united, we can work together
to autotune the news once and for all!"
Some of Jefferson's colleagues were impressed enough that they've since asked if another secret video could be made, because real political work is too boring to take seriously.