- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 17, 2009

‘Obama Girl’ gig

Amber Lee Ettinger, the young woman who became an Internet sensation by writhing in her bikini and lip-syncing “I’ve got a crush on Obama” during the 2008 presidential election, has a new gig. And, yes, the bikini is staying.

Miss Ettinger, known as “Obama Girl,” is now appearing in Bikini Zone commercials, a CCA Industries Inc. product designed to eliminate razor burn in the lower bikini area after shaving. The commercial is airing on such cable channels as E! Network.

It was unclear what direction the budding actress’s career might take after the election. Miss Ettinger has continued to make Obama-themed videos for the Web site Barely Political, but the folks at CCA Industries say that has nothing to do with the Bikini Zone commercials.

“We didn’t choose her because she’s ‘Obama Girl,’ ” CCA Industries CEO David Edell said. “She has wonderful Internet following among young girls and we market our product to young girls.”

Schultz’s screed

Liberal talker Ed Schultz, the host of MSNBC’s “Ed Schultz Show” and a radio program of the same name, sure had some harsh words for conservative personality Hugh Hewitt over the fate for the car industry.

Mr. Hewitt, as well as some other right-leaning media figures, has said he was personally boycotting General Motors and Chrysler products “for as long as the U.S. government owns huge blocks of the companies.”

Mr. Schultz often uses his TV and radio programs to support workers protected by labor unions and indicated that Mr. Hewitt’s boycott called for a vile, physical insult.

“I guess Hugh Hewitt has never taken out a loan in his life,” Mr. Schultz said his radio show. “He’s never had to depend on anybody else. He’s probably the worst neighbor in his neighborhood, that’s just a guess. I don’t know that. But, I’d invite him over for a cocktail party. Sure, then I’d urinate on him because that’s all he’s worth. Anybody who talks like that about the American worker is not an American. He’s anti-American and wants to see this country fail.”

Baby hoax

A mommy blogger who went by the name “April’s Mom” admitted she lied about being pregnant with and giving birth to a terminally ill baby, partly because of the outpouring of support she received from the pro-life community.

Becca Beushausen, 26, wrote detailed accounts as a worried, unmarried mother facing the loss of her child drawing more than 1 million hits to her blog and hundreds of supportive comments. Some readers even mailed her small gifts, such as a baby hat and crocheted blanket, to a post office box address she posted to the blog.

After the “birth,” Ms. Beushausen posted a photo of the “baby.” Some readers thought it looked like a recognizable brand of dolls. They called her on it and Ms. Beushausen pulled her blog, Facebook, MySpace and Twitter accounts.

She apologized in a final blog post explaining that she had a baby who died and began writing blog entries as a form of therapy.

“I really never imagined the magnitude of all of this; the lies, the relationships formed, the entire thing,” Ms. Beushausen wrote. “I started writing and people responded. Almost overnight I was receiving e-mails from people who at one point had been pregnant and unmarried, or had suffered loss, or were Christian but believed in the sanctity of life in all circumstances. It was like nothing I had ever experienced in my own life (aside from a few of those very, very close to me), or anything I ever expected. In part, I was just so surprised by the response. It taught me that not all Christian circles are the same and it really gave me a glimpse of something that my eyes had been so closed to. And as my readership grew, I just continued to feed the story.”

Amanda Carpenter can be reached at [email protected]

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