Now, with the re-election fight heating up, enter an updated, under-dressed admirer ‘Obama Boy’ (in pic). “Cuz I got a crush on Obama,” croons Obama Boy in the video. US President Barack Obama may no longer inspire the level of adulation he enjoyed during his meteoric 2008 rise to the presidency.
But the song recaptures that spirit, tweaked for 2012 with the bikini-clad Obama Girl replaced by a young man in tight shorts praising Obama over his recent statement of support for gay marriage. “You let us serve openly in the military. I’m so jealous of the First Lady. Gay marriage will soon be the norm. It makes me shiny and warm. You support me unlike the right. You’re my rainbow coloured knight,” Obama Boy sings. The singer is a stand-up comedian and actor called Justin Brown and the video and lyrics were created by his friend, John Duarte, a 29-year-old filmmaker from New York. Neither is gay.
“But the idea came to me the day US President Obama came out and said he was pro-gay marriage. The idea dawned on me: this is great! And I went home and wrote the lyrics till like three in the morning,” Duarte said. “The hope is that it helps Obama,” Duarte said. “We were trying to entertain people. I hope people won’t take it so seriously that they don’t vote for him.”
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