June 11th, 2008
12:50 PM ET
12 years ago

She may have a crush on Obama

Johansson is a fan of Obama.

Johansson is a fan of Obama.

(CNN) - Scarlett Johansson, it appears, has a crush on Barack Obama.

The Golden Globe-nominated actress, who has long been an Obama supporter, told the Politico on Tuesday she often e-mails the Illinois senator and is amazed he takes the time to write back.

“You’d imagine that someone like the senator who is constantly traveling and constantly ‘on’ — how can he return these personal e-mails?” she told Politico. “But he does, and in his off-time I know he also calls people who have donated the minimum to thank them. Nobody sees it, nobody talks about it, but it’s incredible.”

“I feel like I’m supporting someone, and having a personal dialogue with them, and it’s amazing," Johansson said.

Specifically, Johansson said she e-mailed Obama following the last Democratic debate in Pennsylvania, after which the moderators were criticized for focusing on trivial issues instead of more pressing matters. The Hollywood starlet said she wrote Obama to congratulate him for "holding his ground."

Watch Obama criticize the final debate

Johansson, who has previously joked she is engaged to the presumptive Democratic nominee, is one of Obama's more vocal supporters in Hollywood, having hosted prominent fundraisers on his behalf and taking a starring role in the Emmy-nominated "Yes We Can" video that's racked up millions of hits on YouTube.

The 23-year-old actress told the Politico she first met Obama at a private fundraising event last year, but has since met up with him several times on the campaign trail. She says she is approaching campaigning for him the same way she campaigns for other causes she believes in.

"I’m hoping to raise awareness,” she said. “I’m not telling people who to vote for, and I don’t expect that if I did it would swing votes. At least, I hope not. What I want to do is raise awareness of Obama and his policies, and share my own story of how I became involved in his campaign. Perhaps, if they’re a fan, my story might entice them to learn or spark their interest some other way. If I can answer questions or direct people to a website where they can get more information, that’s how I can help.”

soundoff (460 Responses)
  1. Michael

    If this had been Bill Clinton, CNN would have titled this "Bill's new squeeze!".

    June 11, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. stuart kennedy berthoud colorado

    i wish scarlett johansson had a crush on me. i would respond to her emails too!

    June 11, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. CRUSH=EMAILS ?

    Scott,Newport KY....................The next thing we know, she'll be buying him ties and showing him her thong underwear.......Filty THOUGHTS....PLEASE KEEP THEM TO YOURSELF!!!!!!

    June 11, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. Vivienne

    She's not the first to have a crush on him and she won't be the last. Just imagine all of the people who e-mail him and get a personal response from him.

    June 11, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. Sick of it all

    who cares what this ditz thinks? the country is obsessed with celebrity, image and athletes, which is partly why "the messiah" won the democratic nomination. he doesn;t have to have any substantive ideas, its all about image

    June 11, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. Daniel

    Scarlett Johansson's so hot

    June 11, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. MikeL

    Hell, I've got a crush on him, too - that doesn't make it newsworthy.

    June 11, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. AMERICAN VOTER

    THAT'S BECAUSE HIS DOWN TO EARTH

    June 11, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  9. No More Years, Lake Forest CA

    After reading this, I think I'll have to consider running for president one day.

    June 11, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. Chi4Obama

    Personally,
    I prefer "Obama-Girl" over Scarlett Johansen.
    I can't wait for her next album to drop 🙂

    On another note,
    What is the likelihood that women will be soon announcing
    they have a crush on McCain.....

    June 11, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. WE NEED THE TRUTH

    Bottom line is Senator Obama is a down to earth guy. We need people like him in Washington instead of all the Old corrupt folks there right now who would like to keep on doing the same on thing.

    TIME FOR WASHINGTON TO CHANGE THE WAY IT"S BEEN DOING BUSINESS. AND THE ONLY WAY THAT"S GOING TO HAPPEN IS BY VOTING FOR OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT.

    June 11, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. Marc in Virginia

    What up, playa!

    June 11, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. Tee

    OBAMA IS A CUT ABOVE THE REST.
    HIS CHARACTER SHINE BRIGHTLY
    I KNOW IT. I FEEL IT.
    SO DOES A LOT OF AMERICANS.

    THANK YOU PRESIDENT OBAMA, YOU GIVE ME HOPE.

    June 11, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. S. Wright

    Quote: "That's what's great about Obama. He's like a friend, a neighbor and a brother. "

    Ok, you've had enough helium for today.

    June 11, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. Lance

    Wow he personally took the time to thank a Millionare. I am soooo touched.

    June 11, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. JDC // Ohio

    Uh Oh! Another Oval Office activist???

    June 11, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  17. JB

    Uh oh!

    This isn't a good thing. I am confident if Scarlett didn't look the way she does, he wouldn't be emailing her.

    Senator Obama, do not get caught up in the celebrity, like one Bill Clinton.

    And don't start hanging out with celebs, it makes the ordinary people feel ignored.

    June 11, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  18. JV

    why does it always appear that my posts seem to take an eternity to post?

    June 11, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  19. alvin

    Everybody has a crush on Obama. His openess as revealed by Johansson makes him the greatest politician alive.

    June 11, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  20. Nancy

    Guess you need something to report, but this is ridiculous. Who cares what Scarlet Johansson thinks? And you know the Republicans will twist this into some racial thing.

    June 11, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  21. blackrepublican

    HERE WE GO
    though it does exist , gender bias in relation to what will be happening with racial bias in this country is like comparing a fire cracker to an atom bomb.

    June 11, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. tj

    CNN, plz post this

    June 11, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  23. John McCain

    Who Cares?

    June 11, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  24. Laugh Outloud

    I'm with you Scott, not only showing it to him, taking it off and GIVING it to him !! Like you people really believe he's sitting there at his computer in the middle of the night sending thank you email's for his $100. contributors...that's what makes you liberals so exasperating, you believe absolutly everything that comes out of someone's mouth !!!

    June 11, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  25. MD FOR OBAMA

    OMgoodness. This is a set up. Stop emailing her now! The repigs will spin this in a flash. The Hillobots will say this is sexism.

    June 11, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
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