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'Obama Girl': Crush on President Faded Due to 'Broken Promises'

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The infamous "Obama Girl" whose viral video "Crush on Obama" made her an Internet sensation during the 2008 presidential campaign says she no longer has a passionate crush on President Obama. Known to the world as "Obama Girl," Amber Lee Ettinger said in an interview on Fox News about Obama's first year as president: "Broken promises. People like -- talk is cheap; actions speak louder than words."

Explaining to Fox's Sean Hannity the analogy between her crush on Obama and real life romance, she explained that "even with a relationship, you know, once people - your boyfriend, girlfriend doesn't do what they say they're going to do, you kick them to the curb."

Like most crushes, "Obama Girl" realized that the reality of the man fell short of her fantasy. "I just don't have that big crush like I used to," she said, though conceding she's not given up entirely on her guy, grading him a B minus on a scale of A-F.

During the 2008 presidential campaign, the "Crush on Obama" video -- which was not connected to the candidate or his campaign -- gave a boost to the sexy, youth-oriented allure of Obama. "Obama Girl" became infamous for singing about her crush wearing, alternately, a tight tank top with Obama's face on it, a pink bikini and hot pants with "Obama" printed across the rear. To date, the video on YouTube has over 16 million hits.

The song lyrics include: "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. You can Barack me tonight. I've got a crush on Obama."

"Obama Girl" has learned, real life (or in her case, real/imaginary political life) intruded on the fantasy. "If I had this crush on him the same way as I did in the beginning, I'd be the fool. You know, it's like a relationship. When you get into a relationship with somebody they're all great and perfect, they say all the right things," she said on Fox. "And then once you're in the relationship it's like, OK, they're not that perfect."

But, "Obama Girl" concedes, her infatuation with a presidential candidate and ensuing reality check could have been a lot worse: "Well, at least I wouldn't be the 'Edwards Girl', right?"

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