President Obama’s campaign is targeting young voters with a double-entendre-laden YouTube ad — an ad that faintly imitates one Vladimir Putin used to appeal to the young to win his presidential election earlier this year.
Obama’s ad, “The First Time,” is more straightforward. Lena Dunham faces the camera and says, “Your first time shouldn’t be with just anybody. You want to do it with a great guy.” From there, it quickly becomes obvious she’s talking about first-time voting, not sex, although the intended double-meaning is obvious.
Putin’s ad is more elaborate. A fortune teller promises a beautiful blonde that she will find the man of her destiny — and it turns out to be Vladimir Putin. “You’ll be happy with him,” the fortune teller says, according to the translation in YouTube’s caption.
UPDATE: Looks like Foreign Policy beat us to the punch with this by about four hours.