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. Ken

    Ron Larson

    Move some where else...say Germany 1939.

    June 11, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  2. Robert

    Way to go CNN, make Obama look like a joke by reporting stupid stuff like this.

    June 11, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. Wayne Messer Orange Park, FL

    and I am sure he would e-mail me if I looked like her or had her precieved status.

    Since, I am only one of the little people I guess I will have to wait for the movie.

    I am feeling diabetic with all this smack.

    June 11, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. E. C., Houston, Texas


    June 11, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. Shelly in IL

    What are you implying CNN?

    June 11, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. Wozman

    Regarding the comment by john williams, I actually am a rocket scientist and I will be voting for Obama.

    June 11, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  7. Observer

    Wake up!
    Don't you know he has a huge entourage following him?
    Does he even bother to write his own speeches?

    June 11, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  8. elle

    of course he emails her. She's a famous actress.

    If he emailed me regularly that'd be noteworthy.

    I'm an Obama fan,but I hate spin like this.

    June 11, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. cute

    OH BOY



    June 11, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. CT

    I have a crush on him too !! so what !?

    leave him alone.. Obama rocks !

    June 11, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  11. Eric

    Obama loves people.

    June 11, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  12. al


    June 11, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. Obama's Camelot

    Obama has been playing up the Obama/Kennedy link since the onset.

    So goody, now Obama has a link with an actress of the type similar to Marilyn Monroe (as a nod to the Kennedy/Monroe link). He has already linked himself with Ted kennedy and put Carolyn Kennedy into his VP search group. Michelle Obama wears purple a lot, with a nod to Camelot as well which has been noted by the media. This country hasn't gotten over the tragedy of the Kennedy years, and the dream is that it can be re-created somehow. Obama is keen on this sly advertising angle.

    So wake up people....Obama is as much of an actor as anyone in Hollywood!!!

    June 11, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. rose grinage

    Why in the world is an actress with a tremendous amount of access to the media surprised that Obama would have emailed her back. what an idiot. He is definitely media savy. And no, I don't intend to vote for him. I just find it ironic that she is surprised. I did actually think she was halfway intelligent. Now I see that I was completely wrong.

    June 11, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. Chris

    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!

    Yes Gog Bless you and your family that are only NOW proud of their country for the first time in their lives. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR UNPATRIOTIC FAMILY.

    June 11, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. Sarah So NJ

    Dan Boren looks like he's going to get caught in that

    restroom in Minnesota..

    he needs some attention

    and CNN needs some contratrian sour grape political news

    June 11, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. Billiam the Kid

    This isn't news, but I understand. There is nothing else to report on. Oh yea, and Obama wins in a landslide!!!!!!!!!

    June 11, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  18. Brian

    Yesterday's headlines "McCain will veto every beer!" Today, Obama is emailing Scarlett. Does anyone have suggestions on where I can find real news? This is the kind of thing I expect to find on perezhilton's website, not a respected news outlet. Come on!!

    June 11, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  19. Ken

    I. Macias, Jr.

    Shallow actors, you mean like Ronald, Chuck, and Arnold. Or is shallowness OK only if you're a Republican.

    June 11, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. John B. From New Hampshire

    people, it's very simple. a second war with Iran, more money down the tubes, increased debt from China, or.... finally someone who wants to put the U.S. interests first. WOW, imagine that!!!!! and by the way, i saw obama's speech, he did not say 57 states, ANON. he very clearly said 57 contests, which is very true. let's all pay attention and only make statements based on FACTS. Right McCain??? 🙂

    Dems '08
    "would support an obama/hillary ticket, as long as she's the type of VP al gore was"

    June 11, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. John

    once you've had black, you never go back

    June 11, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. shame on you cnn


    June 11, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. Barbara - New York

    Nice that he is compared to Kennedy so much. Let's not add a Marilyn Monroe scandal to the miserable right wing Hate group...
    I have perfect confidence in the integrity of this man.
    I am slightly jealous that as an avid and early supporter that e-mails and blogs often I have not heard from himm Then again, I don't look like Scarlet ! I am not only worried, I am jealous

    June 11, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  24. Erik on Wall St.

    Obama's Monica Lewinsky? Well at least he has better taste that Bill! Monica and the rest of the tarts that Bill was with were pigs (looks-wise)...surely he could have don't better or is his judgement really that bad!

    Me? I would have tried to woo Cambell Brown 🙂

    June 11, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. RB

    Yeah i wonder what obama's wife thinks about him taking the time to email this broad, or better yet if she even knew about it til just now. Sounds kind of shady to me.

    June 11, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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