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. Adam - TX

    Where's the real news???

    June 11, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. Michael Lorton, Virginia

    Looks like CNN is "chumming the waters'"and the media sharks are going to have a field day with this......as innocence as this was written and spoken. To be fair, CNN needs to follow up with some of McCain's "have a crush on you."

    June 11, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  3. Nick

    This is conjecture. It's trivial. It isn't journalism. You're quickly degrading yourself into US Weekly.

    June 11, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. mdg

    Oh please!

    Gas and milk are $4+/gallon.

    The climate is punishing every region in the country.

    People are losing their jobs, homes, health care, etc.

    The House finally got around to gathering evidence to impeach Bush

    AND

    THIS is what's important today?

    GIVE ME A BREAK!

    June 11, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. Obama For President

    Did Anyone Else Who Donated To Obama Get A Phone Call? Im Gonna Give Him Another Fifty Bucks And See If I Get A Phone Call!

    June 11, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. Mike in Fairfax

    Okay. So? Doesn't one of the "N"s in CNN stand for news???

    June 11, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  7. Lynn

    He has time to email her. He must be spending late nights when Michelle is asleep. No wonder he misspeaks all of the time. You will be invited to the White House ( if he is our next President – what a horrible thought ) when Michelle is away. He is a big flirt – sweety - in his tight jeans with the woman press on his plane all giggly. Michelle words of advice you better watch your man.

    June 11, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. Observer in NY

    Hey, Obama make sure she is not one Karl Roves Devilish Deciples. This may sound ridiculous now, but these Right Wing lunatics are capable of anything.

    June 11, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  9. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Boy! the Obama Haters attacking him start right the hell up don't they. What's the matter idiots; Hillary looks like a Jack-o-Lantern with rigor mortis when she grins. There, is that what you want? You want us to start up on her again? Then either shut up or take it somewhere else, your brainless, hateful crap is not needed here. Oh and for the fool up there who claims it was done to Bill by Vanity Fair? Bill Clinton has a HISTORY of infidelity, Barack does NOT. The fact that Bill got so mad means it must have been true. No one gets that mad at something if they know it's a lie.

    Hey Scarlett, call me..
    Obama – Heartthrob of da young ladies. 🙂

    June 11, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. juan R

    That's a good idea but he can take a break but not a long one McCain has been out there longer than he has so he had that lead on getting people to know him now Obama needs the rest cause he had a huge hard primary race and he should be exhausted but if he is tired and if he realy need that break and if he doesn't take it it must be cause he really cares about being president and change the way things are done in the white house and so forth. I believe that he is human and must rest for his mental and physical health but he must first and most be be strong and my friends that faith that he has shown those values and the believe in that together as a nation we can make things better lets not criticize this man but unite with him on this battle against corruption and then we all can take a break yes then we can rest and relax god bless you all. this is for the take a break blog...

    June 11, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. Bill

    Obama is a very caring, decent person. That's why he called her and others as well. As a precinct captain in Iowa, I was on several conference calls with him. He is connected to THE PEOPLE, as opposed to sucking up to the mega-corporations. He cares what PEOPLE think.

    Obama '08 YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 11, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. Anonymous

    James-MIiami, Ok,

    She may be an okay looking girl, but there is nothing like my African American women. Look at the booty on Michelle Obama, You rarely see that type of loveliness on a European American woman. But the moral of the story everyone has their idea of beauty. And both are very attractive women in their own right!

    June 11, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. Grady in Portland, OR

    And yet... I haven't seen any articles on the Senate Intelligence Committee's 200-page "Phase II" report on Bush's run up to the Iraq war. Of course, that's not as entertaining as Scarlett Johansson's love letters.

    June 11, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  14. Michael-NYC

    OH WHO CARES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 11, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  15. Still for Hill

    So does Larry Sinclair.... Who cares..... Another disillusioned youth who is voting for the first time in her adult life.

    Hillary 08 or McCain

    June 11, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. Timon

    This is just another stupid story taking out of contexts. The media wants to show drama. Americans need to wake up and realize the media can manipulate any story it has its hands on.

    June 11, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  17. Sexy

    At least we like our candidate but the republicans can't say the same. We all have a serious crush on Obama.

    It is nothing wrong with us loving our candidate. Don't blame us because the republicans have selected a candidate who suffers from the first stage of"Dementia"

    June 11, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  18. No McBush

    Trash News and spin!

    How about all the other Celebs that have supported Obama, Men and women; the list is long. Do they all have a CRUSH on Obama do the 18 Million that have supported him have a Crush on Obama, come on now, maybe CNN has a CRUSH with non-NEWS. POST THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 11, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  19. i'm done with this

    CNN... this is my last post.... I'm convinced most Obama supporters are Communists and socialists, so I'm done talking with them...

    As a whole, they bring no discussion to the board and only bash anyone not believing the way they do...

    it's like the George W. Bush followers, but on the other side of the political spectrum... apparently, it's not that they are upset at Bush, it's just they are upset it's not a bad leader following their line of thought...

    it all makes me sick... i'm done with politics and I will only vote Libertarian from this point...

    goodbye, America, and have fun when you hit bottom, because you'll bring the world down with you.

    June 11, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  20. Xavier, St. Louis, MO

    Yes, he does appear to be a down to earth person.

    Obamanation '08

    YES WE CAN!

    June 11, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  21. Well...

    Did anyone watch that video of him criticizing that pitiful excuse for a debate on ABC? LMAO! And to think they actually wanted to host the freakin' town hall meetings! LOL

    ABC is full of fail...

    June 11, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  22. Patty Don't

    I don't understand why everyone is so cynical about celebrities making their politcal views known. For the most part they are citizens of the USA also. As such i think its very responsible of them to have an interest in politics and other causes that can benefit the nation and the world in general.

    As much as there is a celebrity obsession in this country, there is also the anti-celebrity obsession. Folks, not everyone is a waste of life like Paris Hilton and some can actually think for themselves and make informed decisions (shocking, i know).

    June 11, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  23. Sheri

    any lady may have a secret crush on Obama. Just a tiny little crush maybe?

    June 11, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  24. Marie

    Either CNN follows Fox or vice a versa. What is Corporate News Network trying to do now. Sooo stupid especially with our economic times. News you can't use. Are they any grown ups at CNN?

    June 11, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  25. betsy

    This is NOT news!!!

    June 11, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
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