Obama Girl Could Take the White House


When Ben Relles created Barely Political and hired Amber Lee Ettinger to play the role of Obama Girl, it was little more than a fun little one-off that no one thought would rise to the level of popularity it did. Month after month, Obama Girl videos appeared and month after month, Obama, himself, kept winning primaries moving closer and closer to a potential seat in the White House as out next President.

No, it's not a done deal yet. There's VPs to choose, platforms to stump a not so insignificant election in November to get through before this road has been traveled. Could Ben Relles' Obama Girl have anything at all to do with the rise of Barack Obama?

I spoke to Relles who told me, "Dick Morris, who used to advise Bill Clinton, said our video (which cost $2K had no media budget) had more influence than any of Senator Obama's own TV ads. I've read that a couple other places too."

In an Air America interview with Amber and Ben, it was said the videos may have positively effected the closeness of the Obama/Clinton race.

While it may never be completely clear the influence Obama Girl had on the outcome of the primaries or the influence she may have on the November elections, Relles does ponder the possibilities, saying, "If that's even partially true its a pretty graphic example of how individuals can affect this election in ways we couldn't in 2004. And ironically this YouTube video that was created in 3 days, in a lot of ways may be the most influential project I've worked on."

So while added research may be needed to confirm whether or not Obama Girl, indeed, had any influence at all, it is somewhat amazing that what started out as a hot girl figuratively lusting after a presidential candidate (an underdog at that point, no less) turned into a national phenomenon that may continue right up until the inauguration in January.

Will there be a Cabinet position for our friend Amber Lee?

by Steve Hall    Jun-10-08   Click to Comment   
Topic: Opinion, Political, Social, Trends and Culture   

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What would Amber's portolio be I wonder?

Posted by: mark on June 10, 2008 12:03 PM

I believe Amber has a much stronger and more credible message than any candidiate...including Obama.

Posted by: John Gillett on June 10, 2008 2:12 PM

I hope Obama bangs Amber to thank her.

Posted by: Paul Wesley on July 9, 2008 9:05 PM

She had some influence on the primaries since as soon as i saw the video i re-registered Democrat so i could vote for Obama. Of course, he did lose Cali.

Posted by: Page Schorer on July 16, 2008 4:03 PM

@v@ cleavage means tons of views on youtube. no surprise... the viewers are pre-voting age,so this campaign is for President Obama's second term focus on voter base building.

Fluff only rivaled by The Onion'sTime mag puff piece where the writers purportedly struggled ceaselessly to elicit Sen.B.Obama's favorite ice cream.

Posted by: Arthur on July 17, 2008 12:43 PM

Isn't it kind of pathetic that "probably the most influential election campaign" is actually just a good-looking girl with a big bust and shapely butt, flirting with the camera?

Posted by: Paul on July 17, 2008 7:18 PM