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Striking Similarity Between Obama and Putin Campaign Videos Raises an Eyebrow (or two)

BY Lisa Goldman | Friday, October 26 2012

Screenshot: YouTube

Did the Obama campaign "borrow" a campaign video idea from Vladimir Putin?

Over at the Foreign Policy blog, Joshua Keating juxtaposes two remarkably similar videos that beg the question (link to the FP post).

In a video for the Obama campaign, Lena Dunham (the 26 year-old star of the hit TV series Girls), theoretically addressing young voters, speaks in obvious double entendres about the joy of casting one's first vote for Barack Obama as though it were like having sex for the first time.

"The first time I voted was like a line in the sand," she says. "Before I was a girl, now I was a woman. I went to the polling station, I pulled back the curtain, I voted for Barack Obama."

But Keating remembered a Russian campaign video that uses similarly suggestive language to get out the vote for Vladimir Putin. In the Russian video, a sexy but nervous blonde says to a fortune teller, as she lays out the Tarot cards that will predict her destiny, "You know. I wish it to be for love — It is my first time." Cue dramatic music, and the fortune teller lays out a card emblazoned with the image of Vladimir Putin.