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. alda

    I wonder how much she will still like after he raises her taxes? Maybe she is rich enough not to care, like a lot of the Hollywood do-gooders. For us normal folks, if we earn a dollar but get to keep only 60 cents (or less) in change after Obama raises our taxes, that is NOT change I can believe in.

    June 11, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  2. Robert Plano, TX

    Scarlett Johanson is hot. Is there a correlation between hot girls attraction for a presidential candidate and probability of winning the general election?

    June 11, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. Chipster

    Grow up! I can't believe a grown woman would admit something so silly.

    A Crush? What? Are you in junior high? Do you agree with him on the issues? Do you care about the disaster that the Republicans have made for our country? That's how I know that the folks who say they supported Clinton but plan to vote for McCain are Republicans in disguise. Anyone who cares about our country enough to support Clinton would never, ever vote for McCain. I don't care how disappointed I am (and I am), the welfare of the nation comes first. Democrats have to gain control to stop this destruction.

    June 11, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. WAKE UP

    yuck. she is SO overrated. i dont understand why everyone thinks she's so hot.

    June 11, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  5. The Clear Thinking Indepedent

    On the Wednesday, June 11, 2008

    When asked about his energy plan and any relief that he could bring Americans from the rising price of gasoline before before the election, Senator McCain said,

    We need alternate energy solutions. We need new battery technology that would allow a car to travel 100 miles.

    When the interviewer expressed skepticism that battery technology was likely to advance it that period of time, Mr. McCain stayed on point and did not waver.

    I have a couple of problems with this.

    The 1st is, we already have batteries that meet his threshold; he is uninformed / out of touch.

    The 2nd is that, when someone tried to point out the flaw in his position, instead of reconsidering, he " stayed the course".

    June 11, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. donna

    SUCH BITTER, HATEFUL FOLKS on here...sad, sad, sad...whomever get elected has to defend idiots such as these....

    KEEP THE STORIES COMING CNN...we all love to read what the fools have to say!!!!!!

    Go Scarlett!
    Go Obama!!!

    Make these HATERS your MOTIVATORS!!!!!!!!!

    June 11, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. american in canada

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!

    June 11, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. Mauri

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

    June 11, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. Fav, Colorado

    Hmmm, i always felt there was something wierd about her!!

    Now it's been confirmed she IS a wierdo!!

    June 11, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. All Man

    Hey...I have a crush on him too!

    June 11, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  11. Linda

    Obama is a very very nice man and you can tell he likes and cares about people and their suffering. Obama will make a great president. I am so proud of him.

    June 11, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. TESAP


    June 11, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  13. randi

    the more we hear the more sure we are about another democrat loss, the ol hollywood knows best days are long gone, thankfully America is smarter than that.

    June 11, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  14. Terry

    Just the first sign of the problems and scandal you will have if Obama becomes president....e-mailing women. Honey, you'll wish it was just Bill again.

    June 11, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. Baze

    Right wing conservatives, aka racists are so pathetic. They're born with their minds made up. They'll vote for a 71 year old man that had barely any competition to take his party's nomination and still can't unite the party behind him, over anyone that instills them with fear.

    June 11, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. All Man

    He actually emailed me also

    June 11, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  17. Wendy

    I saw a GREAT bumper sticker the other day...I want it on a T-shirt! It read: "No Obama, No Osama, No Chelsea's Mama"!! HAHA That says it all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 11, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. Mari

    Awesome! He is so personable and this just shows that he truely cares about everyone!

    GO OBAMA '08

    June 11, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  19. Jordan

    geez, some of these folks really need to have a self-evaluation over their internal prejudices they keep bottled up. Its unfortunate people just can't read an article for what it is.

    Halle Berry, Jessica Alba, and Scarlett Joh are very big supporters. Just like half of Hollywood. Okay, next story.

    June 11, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  20. BHO Not my candidate

    OBAMA focus on substance not hollywood....

    June 11, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  21. Kristen

    Wow, you mean a presidential candidate actually responded to an e-mail from a famous actress who is a huge Obama supporter and has pull over the teen/twenty-something generation?


    June 11, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  22. James Post

    I wonder if he would answer an email from a poor blue color worker who likes to go to church on Sunday?

    June 11, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  23. Andy J, NY

    Marty from Florida-

    It is people like you who try to make whites feel guilty because we don't want to vote for Obama.

    I won't vote for him because he is a SOCIALIST.

    Race has nothing to do with it, i don't feel guilty for not voting for a black, i don't feel guilty for slavery, and i think you are an idiot for saying that people won't vote for Obama because he is black and they are racists. Have a back bone, you little rodent.

    June 11, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  24. Jerry in Boston


    Any articulate criticism of Obama NEVER gets posted.

    You have become the Fox Noise of the left.

    June 11, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  25. Sebasitian

    CNN –

    Have you given the time of day to the other Americans whom Senator Obama has e-mailed or called i.e. those that weren't one of the "beautiful people"?

    June 11, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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