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Obamagirl is for Obama

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Amber_lee_tettinger_obamagirl_3Amber Lee Ettinger, right, assured on Saturday that “Obamagirl is for Obama,” despite some speculation this week that she was leaning toward Hillary Clinton.

Ettinger herself is keeping her choice secret, but her alter ego is not.

Ettinger was shooting a new video at a launch event on Saturday for Generation O, the Obama camp’s name for various young professionals orgs across the country that are mobilizing for the Illinois senator’s presidential bid.

The Obamagirl videos have been a curious sidelight, inspiring imitators from enthusiasts from other campaigns as well as a few spoofs. Ettinger has yet to meet the candidate himself, although in comments last week Obama didn’t seem too pleased at having to explain her presence in the campaign to his daughter.

Some 150 people in their 20s and 30s —many in the industry — passed through Falcon Restaurant for the event, with Obama having taped a special DVD greeting (he was not there but in Miami). Los Angeles city councilman Eric Garcetti and actor Hill Harper, who went to Harvard Law School with Obama, addressed the crowd.

Garcetti said that Obama has been polling best in the Democratic field among independents and Republicans “because people are sick of the divisions, yet we are proud progressives in here. We are supporting Obama because he had the judgment to oppose the war before it happened, not to make up for it afterward, because has a resume second to none out there in this campaign.”

Obama’s new state campaign director, Mitchell Schwartz, assured them that although Obama is down 20 to 25 nationally, “those mean absolutely nothing.” He instead said they should focus on early states like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, where polls show a tighter, neck-and-neck race.

Reflecting Obama’s hardened criticism of Clinton, Schwartz also chided their chief opponent for failure to do more about health care and for not reading the National Intelligence Estimate before voting in 2002 to authorize President Bush to use force to remove Saddam Hussein. And he also addressed the experience question — considered Obama’s chief drawback. More here.

Schwartz, who has his own Los Angeles public affairs firm, was Bill Clinton’s New Hampshire state director in 1992. He then went to work in the office of public affairs in the State Department from 1993 to 1995. He’s also worked on campaigns for Barbara Boxer, Gray Davis and Antonio Villaraigosa. More recently, he worked on the campaign for “An Inconvenient Truth” as well as the Save Darfur Campaign.

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