Our "Feeling the Love for Obama" post Thursday afternoon was just one of hundreds (perhaps thousands?) instances of blog postings and news-site coverage of the sexy, somewhat risque music video that seems to be capturing a lot of interest and headlines.
Here's the video in case you missed it, and scroll down past the video for more.
The song is sung by Leah Kauffman, and performed (lip sync'ed) in the video by model Amber Lee Ettinger. Kaufman garnered some notoriety back in December, 2006 with her "answer" viral video reply to a NBC Saturday Night video widely circulated on the internet. Ettinger's prior work as a model includes layouts for Maxim and HFM magazine.
The video was first posted on "barelypolitical.com", and in addition to its glowing support of Obama, the video's overt sexuality carries with it an explicitly overt political message as well, one that takes a poke at the history of lies and spin from the right wing:
"Hey B., it's me. If you're there, pick up. I was just watching you on C-Span (sigh). Anyway, call me back ... won't you pick up your phone, 'cause I got a crush on Obama. ...
You're into border security/let's break this border between you and me/universal health care reform/it makes me warm. You tell the truth, unlike the right/You can love but you can fight ... I got a crush on Obama."
ABC News has more:
The song was performed by Leah Kauffman, a 21-year-old undergraduate at Temple University in Philadelphia, who wrote the lyrics with a friend, 32-year-old advertising executive Ben Relles, and the music with her producer, Rick Friedrich.
An actress/model named Amber Lee Ettinger then lip-synched the song for the video, shot by filmmakers found on Craigslist two hours before Relles and Ettinger hit New York City one Friday in May to shoot the video on a DV camera.
"Not including the hours we spent working on it, it probably cost a couple thousand dollars," said Relles, a graduate of the Wharton School of Business, who said he did it for fun, not money, but is also selling "Obamagirl" and "I Got a Crush on Obama" T-shirts.
Relles said the idea for "I Got a Crush on Obama" came after he and Kauffman received some media notice for a previous collaboration that was a female take on a recent "Saturday Night Live" spoof of boy bands. Both fans of Obama, the two thought it would be amusing to capture, in song, their affection for the candidate at the same time the Clinton camp is holding a campaign song contest on her campaign Web site.[...]
Relles said his team had no contact at all with the Obama campaign.
"We hope it helps him, though," he adds.
Here's another tribute to Obama currently circulating on YouTube. Expect many more to follow, as the NY Times is reporting in this follow-on report regarding YouTube and the current campaigns.
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