Behind the Scenes With Obama Girl
Amber Lee Ettinger is an American actress and model best known as Obama Girl in her on-line video "I Got a Crush... on Obama" -- referring to 2008 presidential candidate Barack Obama -- which has earned her scores of media appearances, from a part in a "Saturday Night Live" sketch with Fred Armisen as "Obama" to an interview on "At Large with Geraldo Rivera" with 'Geraldo Rivera'. A native of Hazelton, Pennsylvania, Ettinger moved to New York City to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology to study fashion and clothing design, having expressed hopes to create her own clothing line and other business ventures. Early in her career, Ettingter was crowned Miss NYC in the 2003 Miss Hawaiian Tropic pageant, later augmenting that title with a nod as Miss Howard TV in June 2007. She has also appeared in a video for the Onion News Network, as well as the music video for the John Popper song "Lapdance". Amber released a new video called Hillary! Stop the attacks! Love, Obama Girl on March 25th, 2008.
Ettinger: Yeah. It’s a pretty funny story, actually. We all met, again, at a Starbucks, and by we all I meant me and Ben, and that day Ben decided he wasn’t going to shoot it himself on his own handheld. He was going to hire somebody, like, 3 hours before the shoot. So, we actually posted an ad on Craigslist and found our cameraman and our director 3 hours before the shoot. So that’s crazy right there. So then we all met at Starbucks and we shot around the vicinity of Central Park. We hopped on the subway, shot, you know, on 42nd Street, Times Square area and then downtown and then at the studio, and it took about 6 or 7 hours and it was a lot of just, like, yeah, kind of go with the flow. Do this and walk, you know, walk down the street and sing these lyrics and do whatever you want to do. I kind of had a free rein of whatever I felt like doing and they had their idea and they kind of just all meshed together and came out to be this great video. And it’s funny, because it was really hot that day, and I remember, like, after the video came out and started becoming, like, big, I’m like, oh my gosh! I didn’t even brush my hair that day! Like, I never did a makeup touch up. I didn’t have anyone, like, telling me, Amber, you’re hair is, like, a mess. It’s embarrassing now, but, I guess, you know, if I had planned it to try and be too perfect, it wouldn’t have been the same.
Obama Girl tells the story of shooting the world-famous video.
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