Tag Archives: Barack Obama

BlogTalkRadio’s Own ‘Obama Girl’ Adding Digital Babe to Her Resume

Now that Barack Obama has finally taken office, will Amber Lee Ettinger – aka “Obama Girl” – continue dispatching video Valentines to the commander-in-chief?

Yes, but she’ll also “give technology the same treatment,” writes The New York Times this week.

“It’s just so crazy – I’ve been making videos about Obama for almost two years now,” Amber tells us.

“It’s just so crazy – I’ve been making videos about Obama for almost two years now,” says Amber.

How so?

Well, in her first Barely Digital project, the BlogTalkRadio host will “parody the iPod with a Hipster Pod, ‘a new device that tricks people into thinking you’re hip,’” reports the paper.

So be sure to tune into Access New York this week as Amber spills more details to co-host Kelly Brady – not only about the Hipster Pod, but about the “inauguration dance party” video she shot while in Washington, D.C., last week for the festivities, as well as plans for future Bam vids.

To read more about Amber in The Times, click here.

This week’s Access New York airs Friday, Jan. 30 @ 7 p.m. ET on BlogTalkRadio.  Next week, it will return to its original time slot of Thursdays @ 7 p.m. ET. To listen, click here.

Tucker Carlson on Obama-Inauguration Controversy: ‘How you can decide you have exclusive rights to something that takes place on the National Mall?!’

Poor Barack Obama.

Just hours before he’s sworn in as America’s 44th commander-in-chief, another controversy comes along to taint his big day.

Bad media move?

Obama: Bad media move?

As The Washington Post reported Saturday, Obama is being criticized for selling exclusive TV rights to his inaugural events – for more than $5 million.

The deals cut by the incoming administration include $2.5 million from HBO to air last night’s all-star concert, featuring Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder and Beyoncé, at the Lincoln Memorial – which was attended by the president-elect, and vice president-elect Joe Biden.

So if you haven’t got HBO, you were out of luck.

Separately, Walt Disney Co. paid $2 million for two specials that will air, respectively, on its Disney Channel and ABC net:

Tonight’s children’s concert at Verizon Center, hosted by soon-to-be First Lady Michelle Obama and Biden’s wife, Jill Biden, and featuring Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers; and the “Neighborhood Inaugural Ball” tomorrow, at which Obama is expected to make his first official speech of the evening – and have his first dance with his wife as First Couple.tucker-carlson2

“These are public events taking place on public property. The Mall is not owned by the Inaugural Committee or this administration or any television network. It belongs to…all 308 million of us. So how can decide you have exclusive rights to something that takes place on the National Mall!” Tucker Carlson tells BlogTalkRadio’s Morning Media Menu today.

“There’s a principle at stake. You could make money – I don’t know – why don’t we name The White House?” adds the  former CNN and MSNBC anchor.

“We could call it ‘The Staples House’ or ‘The Home Depot House!’”

To hear Tucker’s full interview on Morning Media Menu, click here.

For more on the TV-rights controversy, click here to read The Washington Post story.

Obama’s Top-Doc Pick Sanjay Gupta: He Made His Bones Covering Katrina

No one can say Dr. Sanjay Gupta hasn’t paid his dues – at least in the news department.

CNN’s chief medical reporter, who’s also a neurosurgeon, is atop Barack Obama’s list of candidates for U.S. surgeon general.

“You have to be really smart,” says Dr. Gupta of surviving natural disasters.

“You have to be really smart,” says Dr. Gupta of surviving natural disasters.

As The Washington Post first reported today, Dr. Gupta was approached by the president-elect’s transition team about the cabinet position late last year in Chicago.

And though he has yet to com- ment on the re- port, CNN con- firmed Obama’s overtures toward Dr. Gupta.

So if he jumps from journalism to government, rest assured he’s up to the task.

While chatting with SAJA host Sree Sreenivasan in September about covering Hurricane Gustav, Dr. Gupta dismissed the notion that such assignments are glamorous.

“During Hurricane Katrina, I slept in a building that was on lockdown, that had no air-conditioning, no power – in the August New Orleans heat,” he said.

“For several days, I slept in my car . . . There’s nothing open. There’s no stores, no restaurants.  You can’t get food.  You can’t wash your clothes. The things you take for granted are all of a sudden all gone.”

To hear Dr. Gupta’s full interview, click here.

Tidings of Comfort and – Oh, Mama! ‘Obama Girl’ Bids BTR Happy Holidays from Inside the Beltway

Here’s a bit of breaking news we suspect you won’t be reading elsewhere:

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"BlogTalkRadio makes America proud," says Amber.

Amber Lee Ettinger – aka “Obama Girl” – has apparently been appointed to President-elect Barack Obama’s cabinet!

Don’t believe us?  Well, you need only take a gander at her just-dispatched BarelyPolitical.com holiday card to know we speak the truth.

In it, the Access New York host issues a special address to the BlogTalkRadio family from the, ah, Oval Office, reassuring us – and all of America – that she’s “confident” she and Obama can “fix the country’s problems.”

To see Amber in action, click here.

To hear Access New York with Amber & Kelly, which airs Thursdays at 7 p.m. ET on BlogTalkRadio click here.

‘Together we will meet the challenges of our time,’ says President-elect Obama in first video address

True to his promise of change, Barack Obama has taken to cyber- space to keep the American people up to date on the latest news from his incoming administration.

Every Saturday – in the tradition of Franklin Roosevelt’s “fireside chats” – the president-elect will deliver a four-minute address to the nation, which you can watch here on BlogTalkRadio.

I am more hopeful than ever before that America will rise once again.

"I am more hopeful than ever before that America will rise once again," says Obama.

Part of the administration’s effort to make the political process more transparent, these dispatches will continue weekly from the White House after Obama takes office in January.

Among the topics he tackles in his maiden address are the U.S. economic crisis and efforts to combat global climate change. Citing the fact that America has suffered 10 straight months of job losses, Obama says:

“Millions of our fellow citizens lie awake each night wondering how they’re going to pay their bills, stay in their homes, and save for retirement.”

He also vows not to repeat the sins of past administrations – which have thrust America to the brink of depression:

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“If this financial crisis has taught us any- thing, it’s that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers,” says Obama.

“In this country, we rise or fall as one nation; as one people. And that is how we will meet the challenges of our time – together.”

Each week, BlogTalkRadio will carry Obama’s addresses. To see the first in this history-making series, from Nov. 15, click here.

'Together we will meet the challenges of our time,' says President-elect Obama in first video address

True to his promise of change, Barack Obama has taken to cyber- space to keep the American people up to date on the latest news from his incoming administration.

Every Saturday – in the tradition of Franklin Roosevelt’s “fireside chats” – the president-elect will deliver a four-minute address to the nation, which you can watch here on BlogTalkRadio.

I am more hopeful than ever before that America will rise once again.

"I am more hopeful than ever before that America will rise once again," says Obama.

Part of the administration’s effort to make the political process more transparent, these dispatches will continue weekly from the White House after Obama takes office in January.

Among the topics he tackles in his maiden address are the U.S. economic crisis and efforts to combat global climate change. Citing the fact that America has suffered 10 straight months of job losses, Obama says:

“Millions of our fellow citizens lie awake each night wondering how they’re going to pay their bills, stay in their homes, and save for retirement.”

He also vows not to repeat the sins of past administrations – which have thrust America to the brink of depression:

office-of-the-president-elect1

“If this financial crisis has taught us any- thing, it’s that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers,” says Obama.

“In this country, we rise or fall as one nation; as one people. And that is how we will meet the challenges of our time – together.”

Each week, BlogTalkRadio will carry Obama’s addresses. To see the first in this history-making series, from Nov. 15, click here.

An Invitation for President-Elect Obama

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One reason Barack Obama may have won the election is because of his ability to reach people on the web. The United States’ first social media President reached out to the American people via Twitter and other social networking sites and he’s not stopping after the election. It was recently reported the President-Elect appointed a social media team to help him in his transition. No doubt, he’ll be using social media as a way to reach the masses throughout his tenure in office.

In his TechCrunch post entitled “Is Obama Ready to Be a Two Way President”, Brian Solis offered suggestions for President-Elect Obama to continue using social media tools to stay in touch with the American public including:

- Complement the Presidential radio show with a regular podcast or livecast on uStream.tv or BlogTalkRadio and also interact with the people online, in real time.

BlogTalkRadio would like to let President-Elect Obama and the American public know we’re up to the task. We invite our new President (and all politicians) to use our technology for interactive town hall meetings, fireside chats, debates and discussions using our call in and chat features.

Barack Obama understands how necessary it is to have an online presence to reach the Internet generation. BlogTalkRadio can help take his social media campaign to a whole new level.

America’s Got a New Commander in Chief! (But Is Change Indeed on the Horizon?)

The promise of a better America.

Obama: The promise of a new nation.

Barack Obama has done it – gone and won the White House in what may prove to be the most significant presid- ential race of the past century.

But now that the mud has dried and the senator from Illinois stands be- fore us promising change, where do we the people stand?

That’s the million billion trillion-dollar question America’s top blog talkers are vowing to answer – or pass out trying.

Last month, Kevin Ross – an African-American Republican from Los Angeles – and David McLaughlin – a white Democrat from outside Atlanta – took top honors in FOX News Radio’s Battle of the Blog Talkers.

Now, the odder-than-odd odd couple is teaming up for an unpreced- ented event.

Tonight they’ll host a marathon special that’ll give scores of voters the opportunity to weigh in on whether Obama is equipped to lead our nation out of the quagmire of financial-market implosion, rising unem- ployment, escalating street crime, prohibitively expensive health care, still-unapprehended terrorist leaders, a protracted Iraqi War and other blights the Bush administration failed to tame.

Kicking off at 6 p.m. and running live until 12 a.m. ET, BlogTalkRadio’s Exit Poll ’08 will feature pundits from both sides the political spectrum, including:

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Farai Chideya, host of National Public Radio’s News & Notes, Val Zavala, anchor of Los Angeles PBS affiliate KCET-TV’s Life & Times Tonight, Lee Bailey, publisher of the Electronic Urban Report, Rev. Leonard Jackson, special advisor to L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Julie Vanderpost, chairperson for California Republican Women for McCain, Wendy Davis, national field & training director for 21st Century Democrats, and Martha Mitchell Zoller, host of The Martha Zoller Show on WDUN-AM in Gainesville, Ga.

Also joining Kevin and David will be fellow BlogTalkRadio hosts – and fellow Battle of the Blog Talkers contestants – Chad Everson and Andrea Shea King.

But in the spirit of a new beginning, no pundit’s voice will be more important than yours: Kevin and David will do their damndest to get as many callers on the air as possible.

“Even if it means…” notes David.

“Breaking in on each other mid-sentence and…” add Kevin.

“It’ll be my pleasure,” says David.