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. Karrah

    That is disrespectful to his marriage. Hollywood actresses think they can say and do anything. It's sickening. Back off!!!

    June 11, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. insanity

    She's awesome !!

    Obama is a different kind of politician. He has a good heart and brilliant mind. Very rare these days for a politician to have both those qualities.
    He will be one of best leaders we will ever see. Hope the American people can put their ideological biases and vote for someone who can truly bring us all out of the 20th century.

    June 11, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. Dave

    So what! I image a lot of chicks have a crush on Obama. Get a life CNN!
    Get back to the more serious news or separate this news from the NY Daily News stuff

    June 11, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  4. Down with Obama

    I just want to see Obama Crushed in November!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 11, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. abby

    I GUESS SO MANY HAS CRUSH ON OBAMA AS I DO TOO. HE IS SUCH A FINE AND LIKEABLE GENTLEMAN. HAVING A CRUSH ON OBAMA DOES NOT NECESSARY MEANS WHAT THE MEDIA MEANT. SO DON'T EVEN GO THERE 'MEDIA'

    June 11, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. tj

    CNN, plz post this
    One more confirmation that talent is not always accompanied by brain.
    One more Hollywood stupid starlet

    June 11, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  7. Well...

    Some of you guys are taking this article too seriously. CNN is as much News as it's entertainment that's been known for a while now. If you're looking for starch, dry, and self-important go read The New Yorker.

    June 11, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. Brett from Austin, TX

    Who the hell cares? Haha. The stupidest thing I have ever heard.

    June 11, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. Gregory Watson Morgan

    Why should we report that some young Hollywood star has a "crush" on Obama. Do we really believe that Obama writes back to her? I suppose since she is a celebrity and him writing back might make it into an article than he would have an incentive to write her back just for the publicity. But do you really think Obama has time to write back every or even a small percentage of the people that contact him? Does the president have time to write back to everybody that has a crush on him and wants to praise him for "holding his ground" and not wavering on values that he holds true?

    This article implies that young Hollywood stars couldn't possibly have a crush on the 71 year old McCain since he is too old and out of touch and not cool.

    June 11, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  10. Former Republican

    He communicates with supporters personally.
    I love it when he emails me to thank me for my support.
    You'll be my President!

    June 11, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  11. Karen

    It doesn't matter that sometimes CNN likes to report the lite side of this campaign; it always brings out the ignorant people!

    Thanks Scott, I'm here is Cincinnati – I didn't know stupidity was so close to home!

    June 11, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  12. SLIMSISTA

    TO NO RACIST...

    FROM YOUR COMMENT YOU COULD HAVE FOOLED ME!!!!

    OBAMA '08

    June 11, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  13. Barack the Vote

    Obama rocks.

    June 11, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. Loretta from California

    Leave it to CNN to make something out of nothing. It was a joke!

    Let's start a rumor so that the weak minded McCain supporters can pounce. As if he didn't have enough trouble! Let's pour it on CNN.

    June 11, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  15. Army Wife

    ======to the people of America,

    mcCain : Bringing Troops Home From Iraq " NOT TOO IMPORTANT".

    watch the video on : http://www.huffinngtonpost.com

    June 11, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  16. steven harnack

    if scarlett would e-mail ME , i promise to reply also. but seriously, how does this qualify as political news? it's only going to cause titilation and off color jokes.

    June 11, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  17. Emily

    check my blog and my poll at emilylifeasiknowit.com/blogspot

    June 11, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  18. Gene

    She is cute. I love her and her admiration.
    Obama is the one...........

    June 11, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  19. Matthew

    I hope something bad comes of this, preferably before the convention, and Hillary swoops back in and saves the Democrats.

    June 11, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  20. Barrak The Vote

    I was one of the few who know for a fact that he does email his donors! I sent $200 bucks and an email stating that it would definately set me back in doing this but how I believed in the movement for change! Believe it or not I got an email and phone call from the Senator Obama himself!!! Wait I better tell you people that I am a average broke guy in NJ, so all that starlets garbage that Scott from Kentucky is talking is crap! This guy is the real deal!!!!

    Obama 08

    June 11, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  21. Mary

    Of course he takes the time to e-mail her back because as an elitist he doesn't want to lose his elite backers. What about the other everyday folks who email him?!?!

    June 11, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  22. leapfrog

    ...I suspect if I were a household name/celebrity/movie star, I'd have my personal emails returned by a presidential candidate. As it is, if you or I were to email him, we'd get stock emails, or emails from his staff, or more likely, no response other than to be put on their email mailing/spam list.

    June 11, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  23. One America

    Everyone knows Obama really cares about "all people."

    OBAMA 08...

    June 11, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  24. MC- Atlanta,GA

    See- Hollywood is not all ditzy blondes....

    June 11, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  25. Whatajoke

    I agree with noracist and Cynthia Groya.....are you kidding me? People...wake up and smell the coffee.....Obama is a total joke and a liar!

    June 11, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
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