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. CB

    CNN why not report on McCain saying "its not important" to bring our troops home!?! You always distract us with pettiness. Is it on purpose, to keep us dumbed down?

    June 11, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. Christine V from Dallas, TX


    June 11, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. eam

    obama has had infidelity issues before, he copied hillary they whole time now i guess he would like to be like bill. good work look more like a fool your good at it obama.

    June 11, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. Mike Birmingham, AL

    What's not to love?

    Obama '08!

    June 11, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  5. rachel

    Come on Vanity fair you have started printing trash lets make up some rumors about this since you did it to bill.

    June 11, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  6. Matt, Chico, CA

    Doesn't change the fact that they are both morons

    June 11, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  7. Jen, Gainesville

    Scott from Newport KY:

    Please watch your words and behave. I feel sorry for you for having such dirty thoughts and a dark mind. Please go out to enjoy the sun and sky and appreciate what God has given you.

    June 11, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  8. Marty, Orlando, Fl

    That's what's great about Obama. He's like a friend, a neighbor and a brother.

    We know there are a lot of people who will not vote for you because they're indeed racist but we're sure that you will be the next president of the United States of America.

    We're behind you.

    June 11, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. randy

    Brother watchout!

    June 11, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. noracist

    Obama 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”.
    Obama turned election campaign in a comedy. The day of voting I have two options.
    Vote for John McCain, or
    Go Fishing.

    June 11, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |

    Sounds like a set-up???

    June 11, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  12. James-MIiami, Ok.

    She does have Michelle beat in looks.

    June 11, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  13. CYNTHIA Groya

    Well, I'm much more confident in the democratic presumptive nominee now that I know CNN considers including Scarlett's backing of Obama headline news.

    Are you kidding?!?!?!?

    June 11, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  14. Marc in Virginia

    Something tells me some shmuck from 'bama isn't getting his emails personally returned. Hanging with the Hollywood crowd, eh rockstar? Well, much props Obama. Too bad Angelina's already taken otherwise I'd say step it up!

    June 11, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  15. The Clear Thinking Indepedent

    It's not news guys ... focus on the issues please...

    June 11, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  16. Joe in PA

    This is NOT NEWS!!!

    Talk more about Kucinich's impeachment attempts, CNN!

    June 11, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  17. Phyllis, North Carolina

    Why you try to make something out of nothing? He is not another Bill Clinton. Obama's girl are Michelle and his two girls.

    June 11, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  18. Tommy,Savannah GA

    This is news ? One question for all you Obama fans. Where is the bump?????

    June 11, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  19. Tea Party

    I knew she was young, dumb and "Hollywood," but I had no idea she was THIS stupid.

    June 11, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  20. Obama For President

    There Are Plenty Of Women Who Have A Crush On Mccain As Well. . . But CNN Will Not Go Into The Nursing Homes To Report On This Fact!

    June 11, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  21. AVA


    June 11, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  22. A Latte Lover, Seattle, WA

    I suspect many young women and old women have a crush on Obama. I am an older woman, and wouldn't go as far as to say I have a crush on him, but find much to admire. Beyond that, what is wrong with having a good looking young President. Kennedy was younger when he was nominated, and I believe Clinton was in his mid forties also.

    Scott from Newport KY: Obama takes the time to personally return email messages from pretty young starlets. The next thing we know, she'll be buying him ties and showing him her thong underwear.

    jealous much??? LOL

    Older women for Obama, 08

    June 11, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  23. A.M. Saqib

    I do not not even know how to get hold of 'Obama', let alone getting an e-mail back from him. And I have been his very strong supporter, and will always be his supporter, have donated and will keep donating. I am doing all that for no reason, but I sincerely believe he is the right candidate of my party, democrat, to be the president of United States.

    Having said that; All the best Senator!

    A.M. Saqib
    Houston. Texas

    June 11, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  24. White small town for Obama !!

    Hahaha wow I though this was CNN not TMZ.. GEEZZZ who really cares.. I'm 50 and I have a crush on him to can you please report on that also? UGHHHH

    We love you Obama my town loves you !!!

    June 11, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  25. Collin

    If he did get caught cheating and Michelle doesn't commit a double homicide in the White House at least we can say that he has better taste in women than Bill Clinton...no Obama would be truly Kennedyesque.

    June 11, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
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