Whitmer uses Taylor Swift-themed post to promote State of the State address, drawing mixed reviews

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) shared a Taylor Swift-themed social media post to promote her sixth State of the State address on Wednesday, and both praise and disdain poured in to react to the message.

“Are you ready for it? Join me live tonight at 7pm for Michigan’s 2024 State of the State address,” the governor posted on social media with an image of “1989” artwork listing similar songs to Swift’s bestselling 1989 album.

Whitmer revised the original Swift songs with Michigan themes and listed them as “Gretchen’s Version.” The song “Welcome to Michigan” was a play on Swift’s “Welcome to New York.” “Gretchen’s Version” is a nod to when Swift released rerecordings of her discography last October and named them “Taylor’s Version” to reflect updated vocals and music arrangements of her top hits.

Another fake track on Whitmer’s post was “Out of the Woods
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