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. jbs

    Is there a man alive who wouldn't return an email message from Scarlett Johansson?

    June 11, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. Bob From Pittsburgh

    It takes a big person to take time for a little person such as I.
    However responding to Scott, Newport KY, She can show me her thong anytime she wishes, and I won’t complain.

    Obama / 08

    June 11, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  3. scott

    Thats one thing you have to respect about McCane he is better off the cuff and when it comes from the heart.......Obama is better at the wroten word and what others tell him to say you can see that by how he has others searching for his best VP. true they both have staff proubly checking the options and it is a marrage that has no divorse but showing that doesnt seem to be very presidental. also we must remember there are no teleprompters on foriegn affair meetings.
    they both have pros and cons I just hope America isnt getting coned.

    the reps got us in this mess but then again the Dems are in charge of the house and senate and they havent done much as far as change since they took that spot

    long term Dem with concerns......

    June 11, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. Marilyn from Ohio

    I hope she isn't a "typical white woman"............

    June 11, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  5. Will in Richmond, VA

    If I e-mail her, will she write me back?

    In all seriousness, this is not news.

    June 11, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  6. randy

    Scott from new york your funny, but I don'think it is some thing to be worried about after all she is an actress well educated.

    June 11, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  7. Alice in Florida

    Oh, God, CNN, ENOUGH ALREADY with your hero-worship of your God Obama. I am SO sick of Obama! I can't even stand to look at his face or listen to his voice anymore – exactly the same way I feel about Bush.

    I don't watch you guys in the morning anymore except for Lou Dobbs' reruns (I get up very early) – he's great and the only unObiased reporter ON CNN. Other than that, I watch Fox in the morning.

    I REFUSE to watch you repeat your hatchet job on McCain that you did on Hillary. I wonder how long it will be before you take some innocent remark of McCain's and start calling him a racist. I bet not long.

    Why don't you do a story on how Oblahblah is scared to death of town hall meetings with McCain since the ONLY thing HE'S good at is reading a prewritten speech.

    I wonder why CNN doesn't report on the fact that Oblahblah is scared to do a town hall meeting because the ONLY thing he's good at is reading a prepared speech.

    June 11, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. Florida

    this is not news.... who cares about a hollywood celebrity getting personal email from Obama. Please use this space to report on issues of real importance to the American public.
    Obama '08

    June 11, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  9. Tx Dem

    True leaders listen to the people... and respond! =)

    June 11, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. Frosty

    Scarlett is hot! I'd return her e-mails any day. I've seen her in person...she's quite amicable really...

    Los Angeles, CA.

    June 11, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. Sweetie

    Maybe now he will throw his current horrible wife under the bus along with all the other folks who turned out to be a Political Liability.

    I could really get excited about having a Pretty Blonde Starlet as a First Lady!

    He'd be honoring his "Typical White Side"!

    June 11, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  12. donna

    While this is OLD NEWS, I can appreciate CNN trying to do a story that is funny and light...folks need to get the stick out of their "hindparts"...we know this isn't NEWS but lighten up!!!

    I wonder who has a crush on McCain??? or rather yet, who'd want to ADMIT it.....

    GO OBAMA...

    June 11, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. Ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    What's wrong with having a crush on a political candidate.......more than half of France has a crush on Sarkozy and he is a sitting president....let's not start the spin with this one....after all we are better than Faux News, and this is their kind of thing.....

    June 11, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  14. Brian Knoxville, TN

    How pathetic that this is part of our political discourse.

    Unfortunately, it is, both explicitly and implicitly.

    Early on, John King had a man-crush on Obama.

    Roland Martin & Jeff Toobin still do!

    It's obvious. It's pathetic.


    June 11, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  15. AGI

    I was standing in line waiting to use the ATM machine in my bank's lobby on Christmas Eve 07 and this man walks in with a baseball hat on and jogging suit. As I and the lady in front of me did a double take, he simply got in line behind me. He wished us Merry Christmas and the lady in front of me turned around and said "I'm going to vote for you". Although, he was behind us, when the machine became available we told him to go ahead of us. He asked "Are you sure?' We told him to go ahead becasue he was probably in a hurry.

    On this chance path-crossing with Senator Obama, I found him to be very nice and considerate. It was Christmas Eve and everybody in there was probably in a hurry.


    June 11, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  16. Mary

    Of course he takes the time to e-mail her back because as an elitist he doesn't want to lose his elite backers.

    June 11, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. Independent (Ex-Democrat) in Iowa

    Had to post it here. They close the articles too fast!

    Veteran For Obama:

    Dude, you really need to come up with a better name than 'Clintonites'. LOL

    Obamabot was very original and true.

    It's like something out of a horror flick…zombies walking with their hands out saying over and over "Yes we can".

    What if?:

    Your racist comment is unjustified. The 90% of the black vote went to Obama – are they racist because the didn't vote Hillary? I don't think so…but when the roles are reversed you play that card.

    Obama attended a radical anti-white church for 20 years, but he didn't know they were anit-white...right. It didn't affect his zombie base one bit.
    Now, if Hillary attended a KKK church (god forbid) for 20 years, then said she didn't realize it's message was a negative one, she would be been pulled over the coals – no excuse would be acceptable and I would be one not to accept it. There would be riots on the streets. Believe me.

    Racism is a part of this race but you need to point your finger in another direction.

    June 11, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  18. mjc

    cnn is a lame tabloid. johanssen is a lame actress who got the idea in her head she could actually SING and releasted an album ruining tom waits' songs. lame all around.

    this is not news.

    June 11, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |

    thats not bad, yes we can

    June 11, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  20. Just Observing

    How gullible. The staff does all the e-mailing for him. In any case, go Barack!

    June 11, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  21. Jorge Maledo

    If i were the king of the hole universe i would stop everything to answer an email from scarlet.
    Who woundn't??? The crush is on her!

    June 11, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  22. Enlightened Voter -

    People like him, he's the real deal. Over 18 million people can't be fooled.

    June 11, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  23. shamous mc

    How come you wont respond to my letter?

    June 11, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  24. Obama For President

    Ill Bet There Are Some White Men In Kentucky And West Virginia That Are Not Gonna Like This One Bit!

    June 11, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  25. angry angry hippo

    I'm sure the Golden Girls will be endorsing McCain.

    who cares?

    June 11, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
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