August 13th, 2008
08:57 AM ET
15 years ago

Clooney denies e-mail relationship with Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Clooney denies giving Obama policy advice."]
(CNN)—George Clooney and Scarlett Johansson have more in common than their A-list star status: both have had to shoot down reports they’re  close e-mail buddies of presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama.

Clooney is flatly denying a report in the Los Angeles Times that he “frequently text messages the Illinois senator with whom he's been friends for many years.”

"I have never texted or e-mailed Senator Obama. And I'll offer a million dollars to anyone who could prove otherwise,” Clooney said in a statement. “I've spent more time with Senator McCain (he did my TV show) then I have with Senator Obama. I would hope that my friend John McCain would join me in condemning this kind of politics.”

Clooney told CNN in February he had no plans to hit the campaign trail for the presumptive Democratic nominee despite his endorsement because of the adverse affects celebrity endorsements can have on a candidate.

“I feel that at times you can harm the person that you are trying to help,” Clooney told said in February.

Watch: Clooney won't hit the trail for Obama

As for offering policy advice? Clooney said both candidates are doing well without his input.

“Although I support Senator Obama I would never be dumb enough to offer policy advice to either candidate.”

In June, Scarlett Johansson, an ardent Obama supporter, told a Politico reporter that she had e-mailed the Illinois senator. Amid the media frenzy that followed, Johansson downplayed the extent of the communication.

"It seemed to me to be like a product of extreme sexism, and I kept thinking to myself, 'God, if this was just, like, Kal Penn or George Clooney or any of the other (Obama) surrogates or supporters ... there wouldn't be (any) question about it. Nobody would even talk about it," she said.

They may not be blackberry buddies, but Clooney is set to host a fundraiser for Obama in September in Geneva, Switzerland.

(Updated Wednesday night to clarify that Johansson did not deny e-mailing Obama, though she did minimize the significance and frequency.)

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. former (R) William, New Jersey

    As per my question above, You McCain supporters must answer the question without using any of these two words... Barack, or Obama. Now give it a shot. lol

    August 13, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  2. Alice in Florida

    Clooney will host a fundraiser for Obama in SWITZERLAND??????? What's up with that?

    McCain '08 for Hillary '12

    August 13, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. therealist

    Looney also said that he would move to Canada if Bush was elected. So why is Obama surrounding himself with known liars??

    August 13, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. Thank you, George Clooney

    Just a shout out to GC - thanks! Stupid story aside, you're one of my favorite actors (love the Oceans series) and you seem smart enough to stay out of the fray.

    I don't know what it is about these stories... it's like, the media just throws something out to see if it ripples. Or maybe the McCain camp is doing it on the DL?

    FAN of both Clooney AND Obama!

    August 13, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. CW4Barack

    "...I would hope that my friend John McCain would join me in condemning this kind of politics.”
    John McSame will never join anyone in condemning anything that is negative towards Obama.....afterall that is the entire structure and mission of his campaign....demonize Obama and his supporters! But we will have the last say in November!

    August 13, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. Jiggles

    "These two failed stars can help put each other back in the tabloids they love to have their picture taken. "


    "George you've just lost me. I'll never watch any of your movies again. Movie stars should stay where they, HOLLYWEIRD"

    – You two (and some others) LEARN TO READ...Clooney denied it was true- and indeed was willing to stake money on it!

    Do you believe every random bit of chain letter tat you read?/ If so I've heard some King of Nigeria want to transfer $1000000 to your bank account...

    August 13, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. EMJ

    Who cares? I get almost daily emails from Obama, Michelle, and their highest level staff as do several millionn other people supporting Barack. God I hope America doesn't screw this up and force us to deal with 4 more years of Republicans ruining the country.

    August 13, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. demwit

    Paris Hilton is Obama's foriegn policy adviser. Perhaps Clooney would want Secretary of Homeland Security!!??

    August 13, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  9. demwit

    Oh..., my bad. Paris is Obama's Secretary of Energy.

    August 13, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  10. George

    I am a Democrat voting for McCain, here is why: If McCain wins we only have to wait 4 more years before running someone else. If BO wins we have to wait 8 more years before running someone else.

    August 13, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. lier

    CNN, please post this.

    Doesn't this speak about Obama's Charecter by itself!!! Obama supporters you are just blind followers!! I never vote for a lier.

    August 13, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  12. Sean H.

    Notice how every time someone has been accused of hangin' w/ Obama they quickly deny it?

    Why does everyone want to distance themselves from Obama??

    I know, but I ain't tellin'


    August 13, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  13. proud army and navy mom

    Mcsenile = no new ideas, just the same old lies, over and over again.

    Just like when he was debating Romney, mcwar kept repeating the same old lies over and over again.

    August 13, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
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