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'Obama Girl' Losing Love for President

This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," January 28, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

SEAN HANNITY, HOST: During his first year in office, the president saw his popularity among average Americans plummet. And now even some of his most loyal supporters are turning their backs on the Anointed One, including my next guest.

Now, you may remember her as "Obama Girl." Now, she received national attention when this YouTube video went viral and took the internet and the country by storm. Take a look.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

AMBER LEE ETTINGER, "OBAMA GIRL" (SINGING): 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. You can Barack me tonight.

I got a crush on Obama.

I cannot wait until 2008.

Barack Obama.

Baby, you're the best candidate.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

HANNITY: All right. And joining me now is the star of that video. She is "Obama Girl," Amber Lee Ettinger.

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How are you? Good to see you.

ETTINGER: Good. Good to see you too.

HANNITY: Oh, man. Now, you told me you're nervous — don't be nervous.

ETTINGER: I am. My hands are cold and clammy.

HANNITY: Why?

ETTINGER: You make me kind of nervous.

HANNITY: Oh, you have a crush on Obama, and I make you nervous. That makes me feel great, I want you to know.

ETTINGER: I'm sorry, but you seem like you're pretty sweet, maybe.

HANNITY: I may be worthy of a video one day, you never know.

(LAUGHTER)

So let's walk through this. You decided to do this video on Obama.

ETTINGER: Yes.

HANNITY: You really had a crush on him?

ETTINGER: I did, yes. It wasn't my idea, though, the video. When we did it two and a half years ago, it came — it was — it came to me, and I thought it was a great, great, funny idea. It reminded me of an "SNL" skit.

HANNITY: Right.

ETTINGER: And I'm like, "He's good. I like him. He has a good smile. He's inspiring. I'll do it." And I never in a million years thought it was going to blow up.

HANNITY: It was huge.

ETTINGER: It was.

HANNITY: But you did like him. And now, did you ever hear from the president or anybody?

ETTINGER: No. No.

HANNITY: You say that with contempt.

ETTINGER: I guess I'm a little bit upset about it now. Because I thought now that he's president he could have gave me, like, a little thank you note, a high-five, something. I got nothing.

HANNITY: Now, would you admit — I think this made it kind of really — it sort of made it cool for young people to support Obama. Do you agree that it had a little impact?

ETTINGER: Absolutely. He inspired young people to get involved. Me, I come from a fashion design background not a political background at all.

HANNITY: Right. You said you design all the jewelry you have.

ETTINGER: Yes. This is my line "Inspired By Amber." I do it with my mom. And I went to school, actually, for lingerie, but I changed paths and now I do jewelry.

HANNITY: All right. So you've fallen out of love?

ETTINGER: I just don't have that big crush like I used to.

HANNITY: It's gone?

ETTINGER: Yes, I mean, it was two years ago. 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.

HANNITY: Yes.

ETTINGER: And then once you're in the relationship it's like, OK, they're not that perfect.

HANNITY: Those words, those speeches, now they ring a little hollow. It doesn't have the same — you don't want to stand up and chant, "Yes — yes, we can"?

ETTINGER: Well, everyone last night watching the speech got a good work-out, because they were up, like, 86 times to clap for him. But I think it was a lot of recycled talk.

HANNITY: Yes. I want to go back to this — this comparison, though, to a relationship.

ETTINGER: Yes.

HANNITY: So in other words, you — when you meet somebody for the first time — I don't know about relationships. I've been married 18 years, so I'm out of that business. But there's that, you know, the person's perfect. You don't see any faults at all.

In a sense, do you think maybe you were sort of caught up in what I describe as Obamamania?

ETTINGER: Infatuation.

HANNITY: You were infatuated?

ETTINGER: It's an infatuation. Yes.

HANNITY: And now it's gone?

ETTINGER: It's not completely gone now. I graded him a B-minus, and I don't think that's that bad.

HANNITY: You're being a little generous.

ETTINGER: I am generous.

HANNITY: All right. But so — so if I give him an F, that's...

ETTINGER: That's really, really bad. That's really bad. You must really not like what he's doing.

(LAUGHTER)

I'm being generous. But...

HANNITY: Right. Here was how I — I thought the country almost got hypnotized.

ETTINGER: Yes.

HANNITY: And your video, as fun as it is, because you did it for fun.

ETTINGER: Yes.

HANNITY: But it sort of was — I describe Obamamania as the feeling of omnipotent ecstasy at the sight of Obama. Did the country get caught up in this hypnotic trance?

ETTINGER: Absolutely, for sure, but I think it's dying a little bit it now. Right?

HANNITY: And you think a lot of it's his fault, when you know — and simple things. You know, if you're going to not hire lobbyists, don't hire lobbyists.

ETTINGER: Don't hire lobbyists, yes. Broken promises. People like — talk is cheap; actions speak louder than words. And 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.

HANNITY: So in other words, it's sort of like your boyfriend lied to you?

ETTINGER: Sort of.

HANNITY: And you gave him a B-minus?

ETTINGER: Yes, well...

HANNITY: Well, how many lies does it take before you say an F?

ETTINGER: I'm going to give him a little bit longer, because I'm trying to think positive. I like to not be negative. And I know that he had a lot to kind of take on.

HANNITY: Would you vote for him again today?

ETTINGER: Right now I can't say for sure.

HANNITY: Like, if you had to choose today, right now?

ETTINGER: Who's — who's my other option?

(LAUGHTER)

HANNITY: All right. Let's say either Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Governor Palin, Mike Huckabee.

ETTINGER: Well, at least I wouldn't be the Edwards girl, right? That's one thing.

(LAUGHTER)

HANNITY: All right. That's the line of the year. Yes, that's a good point. At least I wasn't...

But let's say it was Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee.

ETTINGER: OK. I like Mike Huckabee.

HANNITY: You'd vote for Huckabee over Obama? Would you do — would you do a Huckabee video?

ETTINGER: Don't quote me on that. Don't quote me on doing the videos on anybody yet. But I know, like, when I did videos for Ralph Nader and like was all — that was pretty fun. It was fun. You know, I don't know. I'd have to — I'd have to see, wait and see.

HANNITY: He's not looking too good. Oh, boy. He should have contacted you.

ETTINGER: I know.

HANNITY: You want an invite.

ETTINGER: I don't know. Something.

HANNITY: What's up with that? Michelle might have stopped it, you know.

ETTINGER: Might have. I even feel like if I wanted to, like, volunteer at the Christmas White House decorating committee, I'd be declined. It's not a good feeling.

HANNITY: It's outrageous. I wasn't invited to the Christmas party.

ETTINGER: You weren't?

HANNITY: And my Fox colleagues were. I was — I didn't get an invitation.

ETTINGER: So what did you do that night?

HANNITY: I stayed home and watched, you know — watched football. I don't know.

ETTINGER: I'm sorry.

HANNITY: All right. Well, very nice to meet you.

ETTINGER: Nice to meet you.

HANNITY: And we'll be looking to future political videos from you.

ETTINGER: Thank you.

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