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. debbie

    And you believe it's him returning the emails? Come on!

    June 11, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. Olivia

    A very talented actress but it seems she has no common sense.
    Obama is in the publics' eye..married with 2 young daughters.
    If he's aware of her infatuation then he should not even innocently encourage her by personal communication. basic psychology.

    I thought the Obama girl was bad enough.... half naked, shaking her tail feathers...more burlesque than political.

    June 11, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. Carol

    Yes, I am very concerned about Scarlett and JLo's views about the election ahead. I would also like to hear their solutions to the mortgage mess, the war, health care, etc., etc. If JLo says it – it's good enough for me.

    Why do you always publish these stupid stories about stupid people? Isn't CNN supposed to be a news organization? How many idiot headlines have you run about Angelina Jolie ? Get a clue – WE DON'T CARE!!!

    If we want this kind of crap, we will get on TMZ.

    June 11, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. Terrence (Winston Salem, NC)


    CNN used the "crush" as a tagline. This isn't the views of SJ. But I think it's news worthy in the fact that we get a glimpse of Obama's humanity. When you get to see the man when he's not in front of a camera, you get to see a bit of where his integrity lies. Scarlett is just trying to let people know that Obama's not phony; that he truly appreciates the support of his American supporters.

    June 11, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  5. Susan, PA

    I totally agree with AVA.
    The primaries should happen exactly like the general election. Single day primaries with winner takes all for states. And no election in Peurto Rico, Guam etc.. They do not count so why have their influence?

    I am sure Hillary would have benefited from the above format but I am glad that Obama won. He is a better politician. Hillary would have a definite big role in his government.

    June 11, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. Anonymous


    June 11, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. Hanging Chad

    Change your name to CON "Cable Opinion Network"

    June 11, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. Dan , TX

    When you have a supporter that the world apparently thinks is really important – important enough for CNN to pay attention. Then I think it is reasonable to email that supporter to thank them for their support, don't you. The reason Obama emailed her is because, according to CNN, she can influence thousands of people to vote for Obama. People who admire her, and again, CNN wouldn't post this if many people didn't admire her, will be given positive feelings for Obama. I don't think it makes anyone vote for Obama, but it makes them listen. What is clear is the more you understand about Obama and learn about his policies, the more people tend to support him.

    On the other hand, McCain is promising us things he doesn’t have, or can’t control. He sounds so ridiculous talking, that many people are turning off the TV saying, “You got to be kidding”.
    McCain is turning the election campaign into a comedy. The day of voting I have two options.
    Vote for Barack Obama, or Go Fishing.

    June 11, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. Maggie

    OK CNN> This is somehow news? Gas is out of control, people can't afford food, floods are flooding in USA, Floods in China and people can't afford their mortgages and you care about this Blonde WHY?

    Waste of Space.......Not Newsworthy, unless you are attempting to say he is interested? Nah, Michelle would tear her apart....

    June 11, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  10. Big Pimpin

    Obama truly is my hero. I wish that she would e-mail me but I am a nobody unlike Obama who is a freakin hero to millions!!! How would it be... Obama, I salute your amazing political skills and your even more amazing pimpin dem girls abilities.

    June 11, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. Quick

    Who cares what he does or who Obama e-mails. He is a joke, and will destroy this country. He should be trying to learn something useful instead of writing to another air head...............Get a real job Obama because you will need one after November.

    June 11, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  12. Sandra from Princeton


    She calls you, because you are Scarlett Johansson.

    Though besides having much, much, much more money than I, I do not think you are better or worse than I as a person; however, I honestly do not think Barack Obama would call me.

    Sorry to burst your bubble...but the fact that you, celebrities, due to your work and fame, get "freebies" when you actually have the money to buy them, let us know how weird things work...Obama calls you and even more, knowing like we all know that you have a crush on him, but he won't call us.....not that I care about it...I was all the way for Hillary Clinton because of her and yes, because of her husband, because he was one of the best presidents this country has had.

    June 11, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  13. A Democrat No More

    Gosh, I guess I should overlook his lack of experience and vote for him because Hollywood is enamored by him!

    June 11, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  14. Wayne

    Uh oh...I can tell she wants some POTUS in her Oval Office if you know what I mean.

    June 11, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  15. Ron L

    CNN...believe it or not....
    Sometimes you guys are REALLY PATHETIC!!!

    Once again I must say THE MAIN reason Americans are fed tons of DRIVEL... Is because the NEWS MEDIA (which is different than ENTERTAINMENT media) is ran by people WHO DON'T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE...ONCE AGAIN..

    This is NOT Newsworthy!!!

    June 11, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  16. Dark Kent, Not Clark Kent

    Let's not trash her ... It's CNN and the "provocative sound bite" culture that should be the focus of our indignation.

    It's not odd that a younger voter age 23 is behind Obama. Some of them are going to be female. Some of those are going to be pretty. Some of those further are going to be blond.

    He didn't only answer her e-mails but others from the general public as well.

    If we as a country are going to react to sliced and diced stories like this, the news media will always be able to give us just enough to titilate puritan minds and take the focus off of what truly matters ...

    Don't fall for the Okie-Doke!

    June 11, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  17. McCrazy

    He should dump his wife and marry Scarlett. He would have my vote without a doubt.

    June 11, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  18. I. Macias, Jr.

    Shallow actors like Scarlett Johansson need to stay out of politics and instead concentrate on making good movies instead of the trash the put out.

    June 11, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. Boye

    Funny enough, A friend of mine got her email replied to also. But you can't really tell if Obama wrote the reply himself.

    June 11, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. Dissapointed

    I am for Obama all the way but this story bothers me way more than Rev. Wright and Resko put together. I can't stand the idea of Actors and Actesses having abilities to contact elected officials more than the average citizen. It's what I couldn't stand about the Clintons. I am for Obama because I want him to give the government back to the average american not lobbyist and for sure not hollywood.

    June 11, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  21. Tom Eyemdaman

    And this is news how?

    Jeez, CNN is absolutely giddy that their second coming of Christ is now the democratic nominee.

    June 11, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  22. A Democrat No More

    Gosh, I guess I should overlook his lack of experience and vote for him because Hollywood is enamored by him!

    June 11, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  23. Citizen


    That is just the way that God made him.

    Yes We Can.

    OBAMA 08

    June 11, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. Frank Canada

    Why would this story deserve airing when the story about the senate findings that your current administration lied to the public to justify invading Iraq was never mentioned? It's a shame the public has to listen to the Daily Show to hear the truth on issues that really matter.

    June 11, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  25. P Graber

    About the time Barack Hussein Obama pats her on the butt, Michelle will come out swinging. i can't wait.

    June 11, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
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