Entertainment behind the scenes
Fame, fortune, politics and “Obama Girl”
Who 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)