When Barack Obama was named President-Elect Tuesday night, thousands across America celebrated, including one of Obama’s first fans who stripped down and professed her love in the song “I Got a Crush on Obama." The Internet sensation received more than 10 million hits on YouTube.
Amber Ettinger, 26, known as “Obama Girl” screamed and cheered when Obama’s triumph over John McCain was announced on television – a victory she says she had a part in.
“When we started the video, he was polling at about 11 percent so I think we definitely got him a little bit of notoriety early on in the campaign and that’s exactly what he needed,” Amber told OK! at NYC hotspot, restaurant/lounge Haven on Nov. 4 where she hosted an election party. “I don’t want to take any credit where credit’s not due but I think it definitely helped.”
There’s no doubt pop culture and comedy played a large roll in this year’s election, from Tina Fey’s widely celebrated Sarah Palin impersonation on Saturday Night Live to the Daily Show and Colbert Report on Comedy Central, to Obama Girl’s music video where Ettinger danced seductively and lip synced to lyrics: “I cannot wait, ’til 2008/ Baby you’re the best candidate/ Of the new oval office/ You’ll get your head of state/ I can’t leave you alone/ ‘Cause I’ve got a crush on Obama.”
“I just feel like I was a part of this election and that is incredible to me,” Amber said. “It’s like history in the making. I would never want to change it.”
With the elections over, one can’t help but wonder: What will become of Obama Girl? The buxom brunette hasn’t wasted any time capitalizing on her 15 minutes of fame and says she’s currently working on an album and starting a jewelry line with her mom. While she’s grateful for the doors that have been opened, she also wouldn’t mind a little appreciation from the Obama camp.
“I would absolutely love a little, little thank you note from Barack Obama,” she said. "That’s what I’m waiting for.”
Thank you note or not, Amber says she will continue celebrating and says she will always be an Obama Girl.
“I’ve been with him since day one and this is exactly what I hoped for,” she revealed. “I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited in my life.”
By Laura Lane