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

She may have a crush on Obama

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(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. Theresa in Georgia

    To Alice in Florida You should pull your ear lobe and repear after me "woosah...woosah". Take a chill pill!! You guys are too serious about stories like this. Some of you bloggers have anger issues!!
    The economy is shambles, the Iraq war was a lie, and God only knows what else is in store for this country, and you all spend your time writing nasty comments about a man you don't know and have never met!!! When you depart this world, I am sure your headstone will not say "HERE LIES A REPUBLICAN THAT TRULY HATED BARACK OBAMA!" Good grief!!. GET A LIFE WHY DON'T YOU!!!

    June 11, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. sacto joe

    The filth and trash this little piece has brought forth on this forum are telling, to say the least. It's about time we got a little light and air to the running sore that is racism in this country.

    If he accomplishes nothing else, Senator Obama has already accomplished this, big time!

    June 11, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  3. Damon

    He doesn't just do it for "stars". My friend works for Northwest airlines and she emailed him recently about a layoffs and a strike and he wrote her back pretty promply.

    He's a genuine guy...that's why he'll always have my vote.

    June 11, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  4. Danno

    Probably has something to do with the fact that she is Scarlett Johansson and she is gorgeous. Michelle better keep a tight leash on her liberal husband before it gets out of hand.

    Funny, I haven't heard of any "commoners" commenting about Obama personally responding to their emails. Anyone out there?

    June 11, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. Andy J, NY

    Who cares if an actor supports Obama? Are they smarter than the vast majority of people? No, they are more hypocritical than the majority of people.

    Many actors who obtain success come from modest backgrounds and have lived the american dream of making a ton of money through talent and hard work. It is a little shocking and hypocritical that they then support socialist ideas based up the premise that people, in general, are too stupid to make it on their own.


    June 11, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  6. The Truth

    I'm jealous!!!!

    June 11, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. Te HE HE HE

    So... Obama IS being installed by celebrities and the media, right?

    Get over the adulation and start looking at things with some objectivity.

    June 11, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. Tina

    The caption, as most captions these days, completely misses the mark.

    From reading the article, I wouldn't say that Johannson has a crush on Obama. The only thing I can conclude is that she supports Obama and is doing what she can for his campaign and she is impressed with his style of doing things. She is trying to raise awareness of him and his campaign, and it seems she is doing it without arrogance, without pushiness, and without coming off as an elitist.

    June 11, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  9. HC

    CNN give us real NEWS!!!!!!!

    June 11, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  10. Tom

    Bill Clinton 2.0

    Glad Obama is spending time emailing celebrities rather then figuring out how to lower the price of gas. Why support suspending the gas tax like Hillary proposed when I am busy typing LOL & OMG with an airhead actress?!?

    June 11, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  11. jason

    i have a crush on Scarlett. I'm a cause she should believe in. (O yeah, and Obama MUST win in November!)

    June 11, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  12. election watcher

    This is a big a non-story as McCain saying 'beer' instead of 'bill'.
    Polls are close. People aren't sure if they want to gamble on McCain's age or Obama's lack of experience, so we get this idiotic politics of the stars nonsense instead of real reporting. Thanks for a lot of nothing CNN.

    June 11, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |

    Ive heard a lot of people suggest Obama isnt a "quick thinker" and better at reading from a script...

    consider this:

    Sometimes the inability to speak quickly is a cue to someone's ability to think deeply.

    June 11, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  14. stewie

    I'm jealous and proud of it 🙂

    June 11, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  15. Nobama

    Mr Obama, instead of spending time writing to pretty women, spend some quality time with the rural USA, visit them.

    Otheriwse they will get more bitter by November, pick up guns, and you will see the results.

    June 11, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  16. Peter

    Where's Hillary Clinton?

    June 11, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. ao

    elitist only emails to elitist

    June 11, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. Juan

    Big shock...he finds the time to email young, blond starletts. Who is this meant to impress?

    John Kennedy did this all before...

    June 11, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  19. Carl Spackler

    Shouldn't he be more concerned about doing his job then to e-mail an actress?

    June 11, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  20. Kristen- Philadelphia, PA

    I really don't care to hear about Scarlet whatever thinks....since when does she have a political voice. This is the kind of stuff E News and Ryan Seacrest report. CNN you are sinking to a whole new low.

    Here hoping CNN reports on the issues again.

    June 11, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  21. Jaime

    I get emails from Obama too. We are all special...

    June 11, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  22. Ryan kr

    Everyone knows we don't need dumb, delusional McSame in the white house....and if we did we're doom forever.

    June 11, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  23. jennie

    ya right, i write obama emails all the time and i never get a response.

    scarlett, honey, if you werent a rich actress with some influence over the lemmings in california, BARACK WOULD NOT BE RESPONDING TO YOU EITHER.

    get a grip.

    June 11, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  24. Proud1of 26% in WV

    She is probably a plant from the McCain camp or even the Clintons to get a scandal going.

    June 11, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  25. Independent-woman-4-Obama

    More tabloid news from CNN! Please do some serious reporting like, educating the electorate on the staggering NATION DEBT! Or talking about serious issues like the need to come up with new ways to fuel our autos. Surely, there are serious subjects!

    June 11, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
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