June 11th, 2008
12:50 PM ET
15 years ago

She may have a crush on Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/11/art.johnason.ap.jpg caption="Johansson is a fan of Obama."]

(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. independent

    i thought it was going to say nancy pelosi

    June 11, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. ber6964

    I think that everytime Sen. McCain says "MY FRIEND'S" Sen. Obama supporters should donate to the campaign.

    June 11, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. Eric

    What is her email adress! I'd definitely respond to her emails and phone calls. She is beautiful.

    June 11, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. Steve

    Well, at least when this woman starts stalking Obama, he has a full squad of Secret Service to wrestle her to the ground before she tries to boil his rabbit.

    Doesn't this woman realize she's probably actually communicating with one of Obama's staff? I get emails "from Obama" all the time. I'm not dumb enough to actually believe he's sitting down and writing them.

    And CNN put this up as "news" because???????

    I'm an Obama supporter, but can we keep the articles on this news website newsworthy? There's not much space here. Can we stay on topic and read about what Obama and McCain are talking about?

    June 11, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. Welcome Hillary Supporters

    I'd like to welcome all the Hillary Clinton supporters to the republican party and thank you for coming to your senses and backing the best candidate, John McCain.

    Together we can help reverse Roe v. Wade, stop gays from getting married, and keep fighting the good fight in Iraq for as long as it takes.

    Good to see democrats finally waking up and becoming more conservative!

    June 11, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. Skip Soden

    Just watched Obama blame the credit card companies for Americans being in debt. Didn't the card holder got to the store and make the purchase the he/she couldn't afford? Is it the Democratic Party's position that Americans should spend irresponsibly or that spending more than you can afford is Visa's or Mastercard's fault?

    Worse, Mr. Obama blames McCain and "Washington" for allowing credit card issuers to have complicated contracts. Wasn't Mr. Obama in the United States Senate–in "Washington" while credit card contracts got longer and more complicated to understand?

    He acts like he just got here from another planet and has discovered problems that he apparently missed while he was in the Senate.

    Why doesn't the media, say CNN for example, challenge his approach
    and this pretense that he hasn't been as much a part of the problems he now decries as the people he now blames?

    June 11, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. Susan

    He is Michelle's!

    June 11, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. Jimmy Alderson

    To Gary,
    You seem to think the young are lost. Who was it that got us into the mess we are in? Everyone born prior to 1970 from what I can tell.

    The young generation are our only hope because they are not plagued by the prejudices and ignorance of the last few generations.

    June 11, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. Erik on Wall St.

    Judy (above) r u hot? If so maybe you should have faxed your pic too! 🙂

    June 11, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  10. who are the idiots now?

    Real Women back HRC.

    June 11, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. richard

    obama better be careful remember the lurid details by gennifer flowers and lady jones now selling on the internet for 1.99cents.

    June 11, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  12. Pol

    Look at these comments! Looks that the small provocation from CNN with this kind of information works! These sexual comments show that people miss this kind of events. No sexual information from White House for the last 8 years – another big failure of Bush administration.. Clinton was more productive in this area.. And keep in mind, if McCain win, no sexual information will be available at least for the next 4 years. Obama – 2008!

    June 11, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. silly

    A hollywood Bimbo who likes to be an Obama Sweetie- or hopes to be.

    And you all call HRC suppoters ignorant morons.

    June 11, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. urbantexan

    are you implying he is cheating in Michelle with Scarlett ???
    what are you saying CNN. He's a cheater like Bill Clinton is?

    Are you trying TO MAKE black women NOT vote cause he's tiping with a white woman!!!!! OR are you telling white women & men see blackey likes white women !!!!
    you suck CNN, I see exactly where this is going. YOU ARE SO BIASED..

    Watch it SUCKAS

    June 11, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  15. McBush's Alzeimers Meds

    CNN: Can you please find out if McBush is still emailing the woman he had affair with during 2000 compaign?

    June 11, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. Bob from Illinois

    Obama has always been responsive to emails even before running for POTUS. I live in Illinois and although I didnt agree with his response to the question/comment I sent him, he did respond, and quickly I might add.

    He does appear to believe in maintainig open communication with his constituents. So I have on occasion received a couple of emails directly from BO in response to specific questions, as a constituent in Illinois.

    This is, I'd bet, a big difference between him and say a John Mccain or a lot of other politicians and I am not anyone of note. Just a teacher.

    June 11, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  17. silly

    A hollywood Bimbo who likes to be an Obama Sweetie- or hopes to be.

    And you all call HRC supporters ignorant morons.

    June 11, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  18. CHIME

    Hmmmm....I was a nobody and now I'm in the limelight and a leggy blonde movie star with lots of money (hmmmmm....I might need some) is emailing me. Maybe I'll handle this one myself, thanks aides.
    Also, doesn't she (and everyone else know) that politicians HIRE people to do this for them!!???

    June 11, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  19. Tedd


    This story is nothing more than a "CNN is in the tank for Obama" piece of fluff. What a joke.

    I was hoping that CNN would try to keep their reporting, at least somewhat, neutral for the general election. With stories like this one and all the others like it on CNN as well as CNN.com I see that you've taken sides.

    Shame on you CNN.

    Hillary Voters for McCain-2008.

    June 11, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  20. Erik on Wall St.

    Oooops sorry for the 'fat finger' above – I meant re Bill – surely he could have done better than Monica L.

    And I meant Campbell not Cambell......sorry 🙂

    June 11, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  21. Wayne Messer Orange Park, FL

    My People,

    If they would only listen to us. I am glad I am not the only one that finds this insulting.

    June 11, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  22. Lynn

    Did you hear where Obama Supporter Roland Martin wants America to change voting until the weekend. In our state you can vote all day Tuesday from 6:30am till 7:30 pm. You can vote 2 weeks early at your local voters registration office and a couple of Saturdays included. That would give everyone time to vote. I guess since Obama is running the DNC now he wants control of the elections. Scary. He controlled the DNC meeting which took away the votes of MI and FL and gave him delegates when he was not on the ballot..

    June 11, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  23. FactCheck

    > What a selfish bubbleheaded reason to support someone for POTUS.

    As opposed to the brilliant and insightful HRC supporters who are going to vote McCain out of spite? Well, to his credit, McCain finally did take his referring to HRC as a "female dog" off his web site so that must make him a gem of a catch.

    June 11, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  24. William, SFO

    The woman who starred in the move "A Good Woman" is a good woman and recognizes a "Good Man" in Barack Obama.

    June 11, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  25. Michael

    Who is this woman? Why should we care about her?

    June 11, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
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