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Fame, fortune, politics and “Obama Girl”

August 22, 2008

amber2.jpgWho says business and politics don’t mix? Celebrity and politics do, and what would be the value of celebrity without business. The latest example: Amber Lee Ettinger, a.k.a. “Obama Girl.”

Ettinger has released a song, “Second Time,” on iTunes only days ahead of the Democratic National Convention in Denver, where U.S. Senator Barack Obama is expected to be nominated by his party as their presidential candidate.

Last year Ettinger, a former New York City fashion school student, gyrated her way across the Web lip-syncing “I Got a Crush … On Obama,” which heaped praise on the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. It also had tongue-in-cheek lyrics such as “you’re into border security/let’s break this border between you and me.”

The racy video went viral, received more than 9 million hits on YouTube, helped raise Obama’s profile in pop culture and made Ettinger a Web sensation. Cable television network E! put her No. 1 on their list of “Hottest Women on the Web,” and she made an appearance on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” as Obama Girl.

“Most people know me as the Obama Girl, and that’s only part of who I am,” Ettinger said in a statement. “Obama Girl is my character, and it’s both a part and a cause I love dearly, but Amber Lee, the singer, is completely separate,” she said. 

Well, not that completely.

Her song comes out as media coverage of the Aug. 25 opening of the Democratic convention heats up, assuring her some publicity. And Amber is set to release an album, “Queen of the Web,” which her label Silver Curve Records said will drop in November – the month of the presidential election.  

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis) 


Is it just me, or is this troubling to anyone else? Obama is married, she’s trying to get with him in her lyrics? How about some decent respect for his family.

Posted by Rusty | Report as abusive

Well, at least she’s getting him publicity. It’s not the best kind but I don’t think Obama’s family is stupid enough to take her seriously. It’s obvious from her video that its an entertainment thing really. I hope it works out positively for Obama. We want him to win the elections. Vote for OBAMA!! VISIT WHYOBAMA08.ORG!

Posted by G Green | Report as abusive

Is Obama’s wife okay with the “Obama Girl”? I think it’s pretty immoral and sleazy!

The DNC and biased media have always protected their Golden Boy Bama. Had they let us know of his sordid past, before over half of America had voted, Hillary would be the candidate.

I don’t care who Obama selects as VP I will not vote for him.

He met with foreigners but would not do town-hall meetings, in America, and let us ask the questions. He snubbed our troops while he was on his celebrity world tour!

Now I know why Obama would not agree to the ten town-hall meetings with McCain and Americans. He needed 300 advisors and a teleprompter.

My Favorite moment during the Saddleback Forum was the Clarence Thomas moment – simply priceless! And there you go, another one thrown under the wheels of the Obama Nation Tour Bus! At least Grandma and Jeremiah Wright have company!

The Saddleback Forum will go down as a pivotal moment in this election. We got to see how they conducted themselves “Live” — without the aid of TelePrompTers and live feed. This is what we get folks!

An inexperienced Lawyer, whose ‘Nuanced” rhetoric could bore a coma patient with his long winded propaganda. Or an American Patriot whose life, and his family history has been one of honor and service to our nation.

Hands down McCain wins!

Posted by STOP-THE-DRAMA-NO-OBAMA! | Report as abusive

Thanks for writing about Obama Girl. Watch out for our coverage of the DNC–it’s very exciting


Oh boy! Obama Girl is fun! She has a positive message and brings politics down to a contemporary an ironic level. And besides she is better looking than McCain Girl ;)
In short, she makes satire. That means it is not immoral nor bad publicity! What she does is just a game, playing with expectations by using a special mediaformat.

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