Amber Lee Ettinger, better known as Obama Girl from YouTube's "I Got a Crush ... on Obama," did not vote for Barack Obama yesterday. Or anybody. "I didn't get a chance to vote because I'm not registered to vote in New York," Amber Lee Ettinger told the New York Times. So why didn't vote in New Jersey, where she is registered? "I was in Arizona for the Super Bowl -- every time I get in the airplane I get sick," Ettinger told Times reporter Jennifer 8. Lee -- as they spoke at the Svedka Fembot election returns party in Chinatown Tuesday night.
UPDATE: I totally agree with Christian's assessment in the comments section that the Obama Girl's failure to "Buh-rock" her own vote is symptomatic of relying on young voters to turn out over the long haul:
This is the challenge with the youth vote. Howard Dean went into the early primaries polling 36% in 2004 with enthusiastic supporters spending virtually all their time hanging out together in orange hats that most forgot to even register or get out out and vote. It's amazing to see every four years to hear the promise, dreams and hopes expressed by youth fizzle as predictably as timed traffic lights ....We can count on younger voters as long as everything stays eye-popping and entertainment-oriented (or there is sex-appeal; cue G4 TV). But I don't seem them turning out in November--regardless of who the nominee is--as strongly as they are in February. The novelty will have worn off of voting by then.