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. 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 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  2. Janet

    My husband emailed him many times, never got a response (but did from Mc Cain) Dumb move, Obama... continue to write the stars, that's only one vote anyway, just like anyone else's.

    June 11, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  3. 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 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. Jack

    Good grief ! I think I'm going to puke ! One question though.....how is this "news"? I always thought that the letters CNN stood for Cable NEWS Netowrk. I guess not.

    June 11, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. Why???

    How low will the Media go that we are asking to see birth certificates?

    How much longer will we continue to go down this path? This year has truly brought out the best in all of us. This reminds me of the time when God sent Moses on his quest and Moses asked who shall I say sent me? The Lord spoke and said tell them “I am who I say I am? And then Moses would have replied and said “But my Lord, where is your birth certificate?

    Please give me a break,

    What about the high gas prices?
    What about the high home foreclosures?
    What about the high unemployment rate?
    What about the high rate of businesses closing their door and giving pink slips?
    What about the high food costs?
    What about the funding for higher education?
    What about the high cost of health care?
    What about?????etc

    We should hold the Media response for all our headaches and pains. We should call the Media a Man-Evil-Den-In-American.

    June 11, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. Lauren

    She never actually said she had a crush on him. Their actions were completely platonic, and I've heard other stories about Barack Obama taking the time to talk to people and respond to their needs, so this is not an isolated situation. So frankly, I think it's rather silly that CNN is trying to turn this into a crush.

    June 11, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  7. DemtoMcCain

    She's as dumb as a brick.

    June 11, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. Mike - Ventura, CA

    The "Movement" has people from all walks of life who feel we drastically need CHANGE. Senator Obama relates to the poor and the rich, and millions of us that are in-between. Once people stop and LISTEN to his message, and the HRC supporters have time to heal and realize what this election menas to THEM- I believe that Senator Obama will become President Obama in November!

    June 11, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. joe

    cnn, you people are ridiculous

    June 11, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. pam Eugene OR

    Please note the article says that he personally calls ALLpeople who donate the max of $2400. Don't start this crap CNN. The story is this man cares about people and you don't have to be a starlet!
    Try the news CNN instead to trying to compete with tabloids!
    Obama supporters: Please try to be kinder on these blogs. We can win on the issues without being mean. That is what Barack wants from us. He does not get down and roll in the mud and neither should we. I know, it is really tempting but please don't. It makes us all look bad.
    Obama 08

    June 11, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  11. valerie

    This made the news – what's next – all dogs in America barks for Obama. Obama 08

    June 11, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. Gina - Lancaster, PA


    You watch FOX in the mornings instead of CNN because it's less biased?? LOL, now that is funny!

    Thanks or making me laugh today, I needed it.

    June 11, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  13. maya

    Oh please. Imagine if it came out that Bill Clinton emailed a beautiful star with personal thanks.....yah, you know what would be reported.

    June 11, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  14. atypical

    This sounds more like an article out of the Inquirer. Next thing you know, you guys will be doing recaps of the Jerry Springer show. Yikes.

    I don't recall her once mentioning she has a crush on Obama.
    I think she was trying to express approval and admiration.

    June 11, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  15. Bob Stephens

    I guess now Weather Van McCain will start going after some rich "drug addict"..... Whoops, I guess he already did that when he was married to his first wife.

    June 11, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  16. Rob

    She would be a much nicer looking first lady. Perhaps Bill Clinton can provide Obama some cigars as a gift to use in the Oval Office.

    June 11, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  17. Matthew

    Seriously CNN? A crush story?

    June 11, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  18. Dani

    This is one of the reasons I didn't vote for Obama. He's running for President of the United States – not the winner of American Idol. I think all of this "hollywood hype" about him is disturbing. And, I think it is a double-edged sword.

    June 11, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  19. Jos

    Is her amazement that he would e-mail her back for real?! She is a Hollywood actress. Shame on CNN for dubbing this "news".

    June 11, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  20. k

    yeah brother...

    this could get very tricky rather quickly.

    just focus on the mission at hand, BO.


    June 11, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  21. I. Macias, Jr.

    What else can we expect from another shallow Hollywood actress.

    June 11, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. Sabrina

    What is this a slow news day? All the Clinton voters voting for McCain go to Clinton4McCain.com or justsaynodeal.com and join the other supporters like yourself. McCinton 08 Clinton2012.

    June 11, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  23. blu

    Again, CNN - why is this a story?
    P.S. Anyone over there in the political ticker world paying attention to how many of us repeatedly as this question?

    June 11, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  24. T.A. O'Neil

    It's nice he can take the time out of his busy day to e-mail a rich actor. McCain: War Hero. Obama: good e-mailer to well known people. I am having a really hard time deciding who to vote for in November.

    June 11, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  25. Maggie

    I don't understand why if I Choose not to vote for Obama, that makes me a racist? That Obama supporters, is why you are pissing off the former Clinton supporters. I am a Democrat, who supported Clinton however, for the good of the Country, NOT THE PARTY, I will vote Democrat. I could care less if the Democratic Nominee was a Blind, Deaf, Pink He/She, as long as it is a Democrat. Well, Except for Scary Pelosi, then I would stay home. She is too much for me.

    June 11, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
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