July 23rd, 2007
10:34 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama Girl not ready to commit

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (CNN) - Sens. Joe Biden and Chris Dodd are here. So's Rep. Dennis Kucinich and former Senator Mike Gravel. There are dozens of top campaign surrogates milling about, but the person who may be most in demand for interviews right now is the so-called Obama Girl. You remember her from the video "I've got a crush on Obama" that was a smashing success on YouTube.

Well, Amber Lee Ettinger is here, making the rounds in the spin room, and from the look of it, she's grabbing the attention of a lot of the media and bloggers. And right now, she's acting like one of us. She's interviewing Dennis Kucinich. And with her two-inch plus heels, she's just about eye to eye with the congressman from Cleveland.

I just spent a few minutes chatting with Ettinger, who was invited to the debate by YouTube. She says that we'll be seeing a lot of her on the campaign trail over the next few months. And she says stay tuned for another political music video on YouTube.

As for who she's backing, no change in her stance. While she may have a crush on Obama, she's not ready to commit. She told me that while she really likes the Senator from Illinois, she's not endorsing him or any of the other presidential hopefuls just yet.

Stay tuned. I sure will.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser


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  1. Steve, Bakersfield, CA

    What makes her endorsement important–romping around in a bikini????

    July 23, 2007 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  2. Ezekiel, Charlton, SC

    Actually that is incorrect.

    Obama Girl was intervewed on CNN Headline Prime and she said "I'm definitely going to vote for Senator Obama."

    She added "I wasn't sure but you know, I've done my research. So..."

    July 24, 2007 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  3. Anonymous

    Yeah why the heck should I care about some two bit floozy in a bikini? She does some stupid video on the net for Obama and then she doesn't even support him. Sounds to me like she is just looking for celebrity status, and has no interest in politics.

    July 24, 2007 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  4. D., Los Angeles, CA

    I know he has nothing to do with this, I actually like Obama (as a vp for Hillary). But this shows how little self respect some women have.

    Another reason to vote for Hillary, why be the cheerleader when you can play.

    July 24, 2007 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  5. Jeff, Surrey, BC

    Could CNN please ignore non-news stories such as the Obama Girl?

    Honestly, the US electoral process becomes more and more like American Idol each year.

    July 24, 2007 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  6. Coleslaw, Charlotte, NC

    Bikini's capture attention. I can guarantee you that 2 out of 5 people learned who Obama is by watching that video.

    July 24, 2007 08:06 am at 8:06 am |