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. Loretta from California

    Perplexed. Senator Obama's economical proposal's are not very different from that of Bill or Hillary's so why the dissent. I don't get it. Or maybe I do......hmmmmmm. Time to UNITE DEMOCRATS.


    June 11, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. wow

    Scarlet worships one who stole votes from Clinton. Shame on you, Scarlet!

    June 11, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. O 08 vote

    Man ...... Why get upset about this article????

    If this upsets you then just imagine all the possible articles (personal interest or political) if McCain gets elected!

    June 11, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  4. Eddy

    I'm glad you close these blogs at a certain point. Come on, we're talking about the future of the planet.

    June 11, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. Amanda

    Is she really this dumb? I used to work in state government, let me tell you right now...9 times out of 10, it's NOT the elected official writing you back. It's their staff. It's nice that she thinks she's that important though.

    June 11, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  6. juan

    WHO CARES?! Have him call the struggling, hard-working American who is so vulnerable and has high hopes that Obama will really make a difference!

    June 11, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. Michael C

    What a shame. Such a beautiful actress, yet she's so dumb and just wants to hop on the Obama bandwagon.


    June 11, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. Truth Be Told

    to eam – infidelity issues before? if you don't have the facts, don't start. it's bad enough that some hillary and mccain supporters are starting a brushfire already.

    again, if y'all don't have any facts about anything, be a decent human being and not say anything untruthful.

    June 11, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. catjax

    If this was Bill Clinton, they would say he is having an affair and blow it out of proportion.. only shows the double standard..Who knows? Obama could be sleazy too, and have something under his sleeve...I guess Michelle got him by the neck. A lot of people can play this little game that they had on the Clintons for years.

    June 11, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  10. Kevin in Bennington, NE

    Let's see here, young, beautiful, rich, supports his campaign, donates to his campaign........ OK, so Obama has enough common sense to keep in touch with someone like that, woo hoo, not news worthy. Of course he should, she is out in Hollywood where the hills are loaded with rich liberals to support his campaign.

    What gets me is she is amazed that he calls her back. Shows a little lack of common sense on someone's part.

    June 11, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  11. beverly

    who cares?????he's a loser

    June 11, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. Really

    Mauri June 11th, 2008 11:43 am ET

    Isn't this the way JFK and another Hollywood blonde actress began their "friendship?"

    – REALLY? Didn't know they had email back then. LOL

    June 11, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  13. 58 yr old white guy

    I can't lie. I gotta a man-crush on Obama too.

    June 11, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  14. Syd

    CNN, the primary is over! Get over it! I am sure Obama and Michelle has called and e-mailed ordinary, hard working voters, so why is this making the six o'clock new?

    June 11, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. A Wang

    We are not electing a Oscar winner here. I have always felt his campaign is more about himself than this country. Nice does not make him a good president. Obama is going to spend more time worrying about his fans than the poeple in America.

    June 11, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. Brad in Dixon, CA

    What a load.

    She truly is a great actress, and now, a fantastic liar.

    June 11, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  17. Swing Voter in Virginia

    I think a lot of people are missing the point in this one. I think the point of this article is to prove that Obama is an ordinary guy that is decent at his core. I think it is great to have a President that doesn't think he is almighty and too good to reach out to his supporters.

    And my goodness there are A LOT of haters on today. I want to say to all of the Hillary democrates that keep threatening to vote for McCain...Do you really think you are hurting Obama? The Obama's are successful, rich and have a good life. Yes they will be disappointed if they lose but at the end of the day they will still be successful and rich. The question is...will you?

    I am a 29 year old, African-American lawyer. The economy sucks BUT I am doing well, thank God. Most Obama-voters make over 50K a year, most Hillary voters do not. Hillary voters you all will be screwed more than anyone else if McCain gets elected. Have you really listened to McCain's economic plan? He wants to continue to provide tax breaks for corporations and continue to cut them breaks even though they are sending jobs over seas. THAT MAKES NO SENSE.

    I am a lawyer and yes I want Obama to win, but I am a professional so my job is safe. But all you blue-collar democrates that are voting for McCAin because you are mad that Hillary didn't win, you are basically voting to lose your job. Please educate yourself before you make a silly, emotional decision!

    June 11, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  18. Linda

    Gee,,,Obama takes the time to correspond with a pretty actress...what a humanitarian the guy must be!

    June 11, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  19. Chad

    Why is this a story? Celebrities votes count as mine as mine do and yet we dont' have stories about Obama or anybody else for that mater emailing regular people. News please!

    June 11, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  20. WhoCares

    Is this news? Some B-list actress whose work is mediocre at best with a name and Obama emails her, and she goes public with it? Does pandering to the public, and clogging up our eyes, know no limits? What next? A published email with Jane Fonda and Tom Hanks and then Sinbad and Obama starring in a comedy about two men searching for that last undereducated white blue collar voter in the Ozarks whose ballot will decide who's the next president of the United States?

    June 11, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  21. Suse

    I really have to wonder why this even made the news. Also just because you are "famous" I don't think you should use the media to voice your opinion concerning personal preferences to the general public. There are people that will either buy/change their lifestyle just because their "famous idol" has said this or done that. Take this election for example. "Famous people" endorse this candidate or that candidate and people follow. But if Joe Brown was to get on TV or in the news and said I'm backing this candidate who would give a hoot? We are as a whole influenced by the media everyday in just about every aspect of our lives. But to me there are a few places namely religion and politics where our decisions should be our own and not someone "famous" making it for us.

    June 11, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  22. Fernandez

    I have yet to receive a resposne form him- No good looks and no money to donate.
    I sent an email also to DNC to get Howard Dean to resign and clean house, the response I get is to make a donation. Trying getting them to stop sending you emails- its a challenge

    June 11, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  23. melikeyhill

    i am a huge barack obama supporter i wrote him last week and got a good immediate response in about 48 hrs.

    June 11, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  24. Romulus, Michigan

    CNN why the crush title.

    I did not read anywhere in this article that Ms. Johansson actually used the word crush.

    June 11, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  25. Judy Viveralli

    Scarlett Johansen is "amazed". Oh PLEASE!!!! I faxed Sen. Obama information re: the student loan crisis. NO RESPONSE! I am just a lowly financial aid professional with concerns re: educating the next generation. Maybe if I was a starlet he would have cared!!!!

    June 11, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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