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August 23, 2007
Posted: 04:28 PM ET
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.
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