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. Down with Obama

    donna June 11th, 2008 11:43 am ET

    SUCH BITTER, HATEFUL FOLKS on here…sad, sad, sad…whomever get elected has to defend idiots such as these….

    KEEP THE STORIES COMING CNN…we all love to read what the fools have to say!!!!!!

    Go Scarlett!
    Go Obama!!!

    Make these HATERS your MOTIVATORS!!!!!!!!!

    Is that you Donna Brazile??????????? Sounds just like the hater that you are!!!

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


    June 11, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  3. Will in Richmond, VA

    If she was crushing on McCain, we know he'd already have her phone number and be booking his private jet to go "connect" with her. He'll just wait for Cindy to catch a cold or something.

    Ain't that right? How's your first wife doing McCain?

    June 11, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  4. Millie Bea

    OK- but can I reach him by e-mail and expect an answer?

    June 11, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  5. Kevin

    I've gotten an email response from him too and I'm FAR from being a pretty young starlet, or even female, or even young.

    June 11, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  6. Really?

    Can I e-mail you, Scarlett?

    June 11, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |

    What part of this is news related. Now don't get me wrong she has good things to say but what's the point CNN. How about more news on his economic plan, or energy plan.

    June 11, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  8. Crush Rush

    At least she works for a living and not sitting home all day blogging for Limbaugh and the republicans.Looks like the media is afraid to say a word on the impeachment vote.I guess only sex will get someone impeached.

    June 11, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  9. bob in LA

    Sounds like pandering to me! See, one man's that ssems kind or relevnat can seem like playing to his base or done for political reasons.
    Give me my .185 cent tax credit on a gallon of gas! It's amazing what we tolerate and what we dismiss.

    June 11, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  10. Alexis

    Good for you Obama, I believe he needs those liitle distractions some time to time, cause it's a lot for one person to focus on at the same time..... To tell you the I'm a lttle jalous that Scarlet has a crush On Obama but for my next President I'll accept anything, as long as it's good for him. Cause the door he just opened for me and more importantly for my kids, I will never be able to repay him for that. And while I'm here I want to take the time to thank Hillary for her hard work too.


    YES WE CAN- English.
    SI SE PUEDE- Spanish.
    OUI NOU KAPAB- Creole.

    June 11, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  11. Daniel

    I also donated the minimum amount to Hillary Clinton and I also received more than one email back from her thanking me to take the time to support her campaign. Would this even be a story if this actress wasn't a celebrity? Not being rude, just asking...

    June 11, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  12. SDB


    June 11, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  13. Nancy

    This is so sad! As one of Senator Obama's constituents in Illinois I never got so much as a return call or email from his senate offices regarding one of his amendments. I was always told they were too busy and he was campaigning for president. I finally had to go through Senator Durbin's office who gave me a contact person in Senator Obama's office. Finally, I received a call from staff. I guess I had to have clout for an Obama staff member to return a call and answer my question on an amendment Senator Obama had introduced. So Scarlett Johansen is a very lucky lady!

    June 11, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  14. S.M

    Yes, the moderators were really bias towards Obama. The questions that they were asking him were a waste of time and completely bias. They spent the first hour attacking Obama about issues that didn't have anything to do with what we as Americans are concerned about.

    June 11, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  15. Sheri

    Who cares who Scarlett Johanson supports or emails?????

    This isn't news.

    June 11, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  16. DPW

    Wooptie Doo!!! I get emails from Obama all the time and he calls me by my first name..... You didn't report that CNN..... I am just as an important Obama supporter as Scarlet.... let's be fair....

    June 11, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  17. Vote Nader

    And Ralph Nader emails me all the time. But maybe that's because I signed up for emails when I contributed to his campaign...

    Nader/Gonzalez '08

    June 11, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  18. Abe Schenck

    This just in: Who cares?

    June 11, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  19. Susan

    Scott, Newport, Ky. – this is why people make fun of folks in Ky. Why don't you grow up. If you have nothing useful to say, stay off the blog, moron!

    June 11, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  20. Kevin

    I'd email Scarlett back too

    June 11, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  21. Gregory Watson Morgan

    I change my mind. If I was running for president I would sit around and spend two to three hours a day writing back to everybody that I could and give the impression that everybody's opinion and idea counts and means something to me. That is exactly how we should run this country. Why don't we just apply the town hall meeting format to decide all national issues? Let everyone vote on everything and express their uneducated opinion on everything. Who needs a Legislative branch or even Executive branch. We'll just text our messages to the town hall meeting and then allow everyone to read their opinions and then have a vote on it. Or just text message votes like American Idol. That is the way to go.

    June 11, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  22. Matt in Cleveland

    @ matt NY lol

    stern rules BABA BOOEY!!!

    June 11, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  23. George

    This could be such a great forum for serious discussion if only CNN wasn't more interested in sensational nonsense, juvenile humor and benignly trying to influence public opinion. Your moderators need to be more objective and stop trying to suppress free speech when it differs from their political idealogy.

    June 11, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  24. Voting Obama

    Obama reaches out to everyone. I love this man! He has my vote coming November. People who criticize his racists to me and it is sad how comes into play. All you can do is pray for the small minded ignorant people. He didn't do anything wrong. He won fair and square.

    All I can say is Obama 2008! I love you Obama! GOD bless you and your family!

    June 11, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  25. James, Pennsylvania

    Oh please, how pathetic! Just another example of how the Obama supporters think that he communicates with the common woman (a multi-millionaire Hollywood actress).

    Can anyone say Elitist?

    If not Hillary, then McCain!

    McCain/Whitman 2008!

    June 11, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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