August 23rd, 2007
04:28 PM ET
16 years ago

'Obama girl' may become Clinton's girl

Will the 'Obama girl' defect to Clinton?

WASHINGTON (CNN) - It's an ongoing political saga: Who will YouTube's wildly popular "Obama Girl" support for president in real life?

Amber Lee Ettinger, the star of the online video that has been viewed well over three million times, has previously given mixed signals as to whether her enthusiastic support for the Illinois Democrat extends into real life.

According to the New York Daily News, however, "Obama Girl" may be leaning towards his chief rival, Hillary Clinton.

"I watched the recent debates and I liked a lot of her answers," the paper quotes Ettinger saying.

Reached by CNN Thursday, Ettinger added, "I’m excited that a woman is running for president… I think she’s doing a really good job."

Turns out Obama himself might not be too keen on Ettinger either. He told the Associated Press earlier this week that his own daughters became upset with the risqué video, saying, "You do wish people would think about what impact their actions have on kids and families."

But Ettinger told the paper she didn't take Obama's criticisms negatively.

"I think he's more concerned over his child's reaction to it. That's good parenting," said Ettinger. She added that, in her opinion, the video "shows him in a positive light."

The 'Obama girl' video and others like it are obviously parodies intended to inject humor into the political process. But they are also a sign of how YouTube users are clearly changing the political landscape- to the chagrin of candidates trying to control their message.

soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. JM, Salt Lake City, UT

    Who cares? Why does CNN think this is newsworthy? It's completely meaningless. C'mon CNN. Enough of these frivolous, ridiculous items. Stick to reporting on relevant issues that actually matter. It's not as if there is a shortage of compelling issues to discuss.

    August 23, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. Chris, Fort Worth, TX

    @IV, Dallas, TX:
    What indicates she's uninformed? She's apparently watching the debates, which is more than I can say for many people. There was certainly some research involved in creating the original "Obama Girl" video. She must have either participated in that research or at least read some of it to create the video. How many people do you know that have done anything similar? Or are you trying to imply all women that wear bikini's are "uninformed"?

    Also, what "talk" do you want to see about Iraq, healthcare, or the rising cost of living? I've monitored this blog, and any story even remotely related to Iraq or healthcare devolves into a Republican-hate-fest by the end of the first comment.

    As for the cost of living, it will always increase. If you have a solution to stop inflation, let's hear it. No solution has been found since the beginning of our nation's capitalist economy over 200 years ago despite academic and philosophical debate. And until inflation is arrested, you can't begin to discuss controls on the cost of living.

    @pl, at the UN:
    "Why would Mr Obama engage the services of a cyberstarlet instead?"
    Obama DID NOT engage the "services of a cyberstarlet". The "Obama Girl" video was created independently of the Obama campaign. In fact, the very comments he makes in this blog entry seem to indicate he was unaware of it–otherwise he would not have said he wished "people" to consider what effect their actions have on families/children.

    As far as I know, Mr. Obama has never hidden the fact that he has an African-American wife. In fact, Mrs. Obama was featured in a blog posting on CNN only a few short days ago for her comments about family.

    August 23, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. Monica, Morton, Illinois

    Obama said, "You do wish people would think about what impact their actions have on kids and families."

    Yeah, and I do wish parents would think about what impact their actions (like watching their kids watch this video) would have on them.....


    August 23, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    CNN- PLEASE! None of us, regardless of our political views, want to see these stupid sub-par stories on the Ticker!
    This whole "_____ – Girl" mentality makes our current state of politics in this country a greater joke than it already is!
    Please, NO MORE!

    August 23, 2007 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  5. Chris, Cincinnati, Oh

    Nevermind Obama is attempting to change the landscape of American politics by restoring American values, morals, and decency to a country and world in dire need of change, good judgment, and new direction. He should just stop, give up and stop campaigning, because 'Obama girl may become Clinton's girl.'

    Wow. Is this what our news has come to? CNN-please print real/unbiased/relevant news!

    August 23, 2007 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. Miss Lady Diva, San Francisco

    Would you uptight people please get a sense of humor? If you are all so depressed by this girl, I'm sure there are some great Goth blogs out there for you to check out. Jeez.

    August 23, 2007 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. Rick, Houston TX

    I think stories like these highlight the disconnect between the priorities of Americans versus the rest of the world. Yes I find it shameful that CNN would post such inconsequental garbage with all thats going on in the world. Even the stories about the candidates and their personal attacks and potentially offensive talk. Get over it!! Lets start talking about the real issues and how we're going to fix this country – and let me tell you there are many. If this is the sort of issue with great significance among a majority of Americans, then I'm sad to say our country is doomed.

    August 23, 2007 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. MediaJunkie, Washington, DC

    People need to pipe down a bit with the criticism of CNN posting certain things on a blog (need I remind you) that they consider non-news items and unimportant. Sometimes lighter stuff is a welcome change. Also, if it is so easy to generate important, original journalistic content, please go into business for yourself and start reporting. Best of luck.

    August 23, 2007 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. mtx wisconsin

    nothing but corporate propaganda to distract from the fact that the only 2 real americans and non-cfr candidates are paul and kucinich.

    August 23, 2007 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. Maria, Houston

    hahaha.... CNN,if I remember correctly the other day you also had a headline about someone fishing a wedding ring from the toilet... it must be a slooooow week, because this is pretty much on the same level... seriously, can anyone tell me how this process works, who is selecting what should make news? In past there used to be a name of the actual person who wrote the article (and the name of the editor)...why not take pride for job well done? 🙂

    August 23, 2007 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. Chip Celina OH

    Slow 'NEWS' day, huh?

    August 23, 2007 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. Jeff, Los Angeles, California

    There is already a Clinton Girl–she did a Hot4Hill Video.

    August 23, 2007 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. Lisa Tampa, FL

    Enough! Get her off of here!

    August 23, 2007 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. Shawn, Baltimore, MD

    YOU... Stupid uptight nerds need to get a life. Its just a video, and I found it very entertaining. It was funny to watch it didn't change my opinion one way or the other. And you must remember she is just the girl in the video, someone had to produce it so dont get mad at her. For her shooting the video was probably just another job. This is America she has the right to state her opinion just like you do. So give it a much needed REST.... And if Obama is worried about a girl in a video saying that she is in love with him, I sure do hate to see if he become president, he will be the butt of many jokes as all the presidents that came before him.... I wonder how will he respond to Jay Leno and friends...... Give me a break.....

    August 23, 2007 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  15. Miguel, Miami, FL

    Children get upset by everything. Why should the world be held hostage by a child's whim?

    August 23, 2007 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. Doro, Portland, Oregon

    Dear CNN – "the best political news team on television,"

    Is this your best " political news?" Have you exhaustively covered political/policy issues of: current food & environmental safety, especially imported foods & vitamins from China, climate change, jobs/income distribution, education, health care, housing, aging & crumbling infrastructure, declining value of the American dollar, national debt, health care for veterans of the war in Iraq & Afganistan, and so on.

    Thank you.

    August 23, 2007 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  17. ericwillyb

    OBAMA will always be the best !
    you can write what you want !!!
    Obama girl, who is she that she even deserve an article of CNN, has CNN turn to Salad?

    August 23, 2007 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  18. Myron, Honolulu, HI

    Bush like Bush lite same lies as Bush...Obama is attempting to change the landscape of American politics by restoring American values, morals, and decency to a country and world...what a joke sounds just like the vast Right Wing Conspiracy. I am a uniter not a divider.

    August 23, 2007 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. Adam, Seattle WA

    You idiots, those of you who are posting this "Political Ticker" content on the CNN main page, are sickening me. Stop feeding political pornography and dismiss this bull with the complete lack of attention it deserves. What, is CNN trying to outfox FOX? Gimme a break.

    August 23, 2007 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  20. James, San Antonio, TX

    Good parenting would have not allowed a 6 year old access to YouTube. Are you kidding me? We want this guy to run our country? He can't even keep his six year old from surfing the net and watching adult themed videos. Nice.

    August 23, 2007 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. Beau

    Hahahaha Silly Liberals

    August 23, 2007 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  22. James, Hull, IA

    no, he couldn't stop her from seeing cable and network news, which was running that inane, unfunny and barely musical video for weeks as if it were comic gold. That's where his six year old saw the clip. Go back and read the original story. Get your facts straight before you post your opinion.

    August 23, 2007 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  23. Dan Mayberry Breckenridge,Co

    This is not news people! Who cares who this lady will vote for. It's not like the person who the American people want to be in office will actually win this so called free election. Let try to stay focused on the real issues. You know the issues that effect the American people: Health care, the American people being represented by their so called leader, and the use of renewable energy. Doesn't anyone care about anything but these so called celebrities?

    August 23, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  24. Chris

    @James, San Antonio, TX
    Where did you get your information that Obama's six-year-old girl watched the video on YouTube? Personally, the first time I saw the video, it was being played on television–on a news station (whether it was CNN's Jeanne Moos, FoxNews, Headline News, or any of the others).

    If you have reliable information that she saw it on YouTube, please share it, because all this blog says is that the video is on YouTube. It does not say access to the video is only through YouTube.

    I certainly can't fault Obama's parenting skills if his daughter saw it like I did: watching a news channel. In fact I would applaud him for allowing his child to become aware of the world around her.

    August 23, 2007 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  25. David, Salinas, CA

    I think much of the problem here is that CNN sees the Ticker as a traditional top-down news/entertainment source rather than a modern interactive blogspace. We’re allowed to comment, but I’m not convinced that anyone at CNN reads those comments. Certainly they remain unresponsive to accusations of bias, and their readers near-uniform condemnation of fluff pieces like this one. However, on the off-chance that anyone in a position of power at CNN is reading this, I’ll add my voice to those above: Please CNN, get this crap off the Ticker. You’re better than this... or at the very least, you should be.

    August 23, 2007 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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