Obama’s Notorious ‘First Time’ Ad Ripped Off From Australia?

You might recall the Obama political ad a few weeks ago that featured a practically unknown Hollywood “celebrity” talking about her “first time” in a video ad? The ad eventually revealed that her “first time” wasn’t her first time having sex, but was her first time voting for President. This ad was hailed as innovative and new. Turns out it was just a rip off of a 2010 ad from the Australian elections.

The ad featured Z list celebrity Lena Dunham, a young woman that has done a few things in the entertainment industry but is largely unknown. The ad starts out with Mz. Dunham saying, “Your first time shouldn’t be with just anybody” and goes on to portray the girl talking about how your “first” should be a man that cares about women, etc. As the ad rolls on you begin to realize that this girl is talking about voting, not sex.

Now, one thing about this idiotic ad that makes no sense. Mz. Dunham is 26-years-old. If she is talking about her “first time” voting now, why didn’t she vote for Obama only four years ago? She was of age to vote. Why is this her first time if she thinks voting is so darn important?

Anyway, that aside, this ad was hailed as a great new idea. But, as it turns out, it isn’t new at all. It was simply copied from an ad made by an Australian Green Party candidate named Sarah Hanson-Young.

In her video, Hanson-Young says things like “Your first time is a precious gift. Don’t waste it. Don’t give it away to just anyone. Be safe,” before she goes on to talk about the 2010 election for which her video was created.

Obama’s video is hardly “new” or “innovative” and is instead just a pale rehash of someone else’s work.

Kind of like his whole presidency.

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  • GarandFan

    Not surprising. Just what has this administration done that is actually ‘new’?

    • 914

      Piled up more debt then all of the previous Presidents combined?

  • jim_m

    What? You’re upset because the left is unoriginal? Face it. The left hasn’t has an original thought since Stalin died.

  • 914

    So the worst presidente ever adds plagiarizer in chief to his growing list of non accomplishments.

    C’mon Tuesday.

  • Commander_Chico_Cognoscente

    I am shocked and outraged.

  • Carl

    Woa! November 3 BOMBSHELL. You NAILED him. He’s going…. to win.

    • retired.military

      just like Obama keeps nailing you right?

  • yetanotherjohn

    Putin used a version of the ad also. Putin had it as a fortune teller who predicts that the girls first time will be for love. It closes with the girl going into the polling station. Not sure if the Aussies stole it from Putin or Putin stole it from the Aussies.
    In a way it is somewhat appropriate given how many first times are latter regretted.

  • Brucehenry

    Umm, last time would have been her first chance to vote for president, and her “first time” was with Obama. Now she’s giving advice to other, younger women about their “first time.” That’s the point of the ad.

    It’s not that hard. Duh.

    Did the Obama campaign claim that the whole idea was new and had never been thought of before? Or did those “hailing” it as new and innovative say that? Do you blame the campaign or the ad because OTHERS had never seen anything like it before?

    I worry about your health, dude. All this outrage about Every Little Thing can’t be good for your blood pressure or your acid reflux.

    • Actually if she is 26, then 2004 would have been her first time… or should have been.

      • Brucehenry

        Yes of course you’re right. But there many 18 year olds in 2004 who were underwhelmed with the choice between Bush and Kerry.

        • jim_m

          The more likely answer is that the vast majority of 18YO kids are more interested in beer and sex than Presidential elections. Kids don’t vote as a general rule.

          • Brucehenry

            HEY! I don’t like saying “Yes, you’re right,” two comments in a row.

  • LiberalNightmare

    The only thing surprising here is that they didnt steal the idea from communist china.

  • TomInCali

    If she is talking about her “first time” voting now, why didn’t she vote for Obama only four years ago?

    Why don’t you watch from :45-:58 again? That’s where she talks about how her first time was voting for Obama four years ago.

    All political ads are recycled. Where was this claimed to have been “new” or “innovative”? You use quotation marks, but you don’t cite where you’re quoting from. Is there such a place?

  • 914

    “Obama’s video is hardly “new” or “innovative” and is instead just a pale rehash of someone else’s work.

    Kind of like his whole presidency.”

    Yes.. A rehash of Jimmy Carter.

    • jim_m

      Nah. Carter only sucked up to communist dictators. obama wants to be one.

      • 914

        Obama is one. But he is about to expire. ttl

  • Paul Skonberg

    Australia? Try Nicaragua. P.J.O’Rourke in his hilarious “Give War a Chance”, describes a billboard aimed at young voters (a 16 yr old could vote) in the 1990 election when Violeta Chamorro beat Ortega. It “showed a moonstruck couple in Ortega T-shirts walking hand-in-hand toward a voting booth beneath the headline ‘When you do it for the first time, do it for love.’ “

    • TomInCali

      Good catch. All the more evidence that Huston’s claim that this ad was “new” and “innovative” are so much BS.

      • jim_m

        Learn to read. Warner stated that others hailed the ad as new and innovative. Those others would be your imbecilic fellow travelers on the left who thought that it was ever so witty.

        Reading comprehension. You really need to work on that.

        • TomInCali

          I know that’s what he said. And I asked, what others? In the absence of a response, I can only assume that this is just Huston’s strawman.

          • jim_m

            Lawrence O’Donnell called the ad: “the hippest ad in the history of presidential campaigning, starring, possibly, the most ultra-cool person in the history of television.”

            That is sufficiently close to “new” and “innovative” as to be the same thing.

          • TomInCali

            “Sufficiently close.” Nice try. Still waiting for the source of the quoted “new” and “innovative”, other than Huston’s imagination.

  • jim_m

    Not to be off topic, but as the Instapundit reminds us, “Don’t forget to change your clocks tonight, and your President on Tuesday.

  • “Her father, Carroll Dunham, is a painter of “overtly sexualised pop art”, and her mother, Laurie Simmons, is a photographer and designer who creates “disquieting domestic tableaux” with dolls.”

    Well, that explains a lot about her.

  • KES

    I believe the implication in the ad is that she voted for him in the previous election and is planning on voting for him again. I’ve watched it several times now (I’m writing a paper about it) and that is the conclusion I’ve come to. Just so you know.