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. Debra

    August 13th, 2008 11:14 am ET

    Handsome, bright, charismatics
    Paleeze. A little full of yourself?

    August 13, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. Heather

    seriously CNN...why is this news?

    August 13, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  3. Emma

    Great challenge to the McCain camp! Anyone want $1M dollars per Clooney if you can disprove his statement!

    Renounce, denounce, reject this kind of politics!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 13, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. The Duke

    That is very silly and if so what

    August 13, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  5. therealist

    Denials and finger wagging bold face lies are what we expect from Democrats, and hollywood celebrities..

    August 13, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  6. Ed

    Is Clooney Mr Obama's secret lover?

    August 13, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  7. Luis

    Really, who gives a crap?

    Elitist clown hanging out with elitist clowns......................

    Vote McCain or join the insane.......

    August 13, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. spoton

    why do my cooments always say awaiting moderation and others dont.i am not inmoderate in my comments.this is bound to be some violation of 1st amendment rights.

    August 13, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  9. Independent_me

    Republicans are very skillful at starting "whisper campaigns" that get traction in the mainline news. This is just another example. Only the most gullible get fooled by them anymore..

    August 13, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  10. Writing on the Wall

    Just goes to show Hollywood and politcs don't mix. Obama was so eager to become friends with the Hollywood set and take their money (remember Oprah's huge fundraiser). If it walks like an outrageous liberal, acts like an outrageous liberal, talks like an outrageous liberal and hangs out with out-of-touch outrageous liberals, it unequivocally is Barack Obama.

    August 13, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  11. Drew, NY

    Regarding McCain's Aide Talking About Barack & Georgia:

    McCain is grabbing at straws because he will not win this election. Did you see the smile on his face when he was talking about Georgia. He's elated. Why? Because he thinks Americans are stupid and that we will elect him so he can continue the Bush policies.

    He's a phony and a fake and I'm not buying it. I can't wait to vote for Obama and return McFake Out to his home state of Arizona. Good luck keeping him awake, or asking him to work on the weekends.

    Obama 08

    August 13, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  12. Joe

    Why should John McCain condemn this? These people are insane. It was the Los Angelas Times who reported it not John McCain.

    August 13, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  13. Proud to be American

    CNN who cares? The country could be going into another war, and McSame just said we are all Geogians and the President want to know what we are going to do about the issue versus all the talk??? see this is an issue and McSame is not the President and has no power and should not have made a statement like that... this needs to be a serious topic to discuss as I do not want my son's fighting in war! I love Clooney but hey he is an actor not a Politician ... what can he do for America and what does it matter if he does text Obama or not..... stop the madness and report the news... and hey get off Obama back and shed some light on McStupid ... Obama brush his hair with his left hand, Obama exercise a lot Obama ..... come on now really... do you think this is something we care about?

    August 13, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. Veteran for Obama

    McCain is just jealous he is not longer the good looking POW military celebrity in Washington. He is taking it out on Obama with these type of childish temper tantrum attacks and false accusations. McCain, you can only hold on to your celebrity status for so long. You have to let it go.

    August 13, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  15. Razor Willy

    Is Alice Brinkley from planet X ? Lieberman must reach across party lines. He will be of NO value to either party once Obama and 10 new Dem Sen's are in office. Lieberman is a lame duck after this Nov. and he knows it. The guy's days are numbered...

    August 13, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. bernj

    Clooney is a good dude. Once again, the McSamites will make a stink one way or the other.

    I am so tired of the silly McCain attacks against anyone who may in any way recognize that we are living in the 21st Century.

    August 13, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  17. Tara

    And this is why I hate the media. We have McCain who's top policy advisor was up until a few months ago a lobbiest for the Georgian Government, And just last month Condi Rice went to Georgia and encouraged that Government to try and take back Ossetia and the other break away territory... and this is what CNN is reporting on. IDIOTS

    August 13, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  18. William, from Cali!

    I could care less, about who George Clooney e-mails' or nots': But, CNN, stop, moderating my e-mail comments- I'm just telling "the truth"; as I see it; from "a different perspective, .....something your network, might try doing for a "change".....................Yes you can!

    August 13, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  19. Rusty Shackleford

    I love how Clooney flips it over immediately and clarifies that he has had more contact with McCain than Obama!

    August 13, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. What if?

    Alice Brinkley Voted for now President. By the way you comment has some truth in it, it does show their alike proven salesmanship...ops.....statesmanship. The WROST President in years, starting a war that only produced higher gas prices and thousands their lives, homeowner struggling to keep their homes, millions without health care. and fat wallets for the now administration and their oil friends.....Yes, your right to they reaches over party line, but not the voters who suffer day after day from the WROST economy we have today.

    Some of you have the nerve to say "Obama supporters are the most mean, nasty, and hateful people that I have ever had the displeasure of encountering." The truth is everyone republican, democrat and the other parties have said MEAN things. We are not Obama, we are not going to take you beating us with words and not strike back, JUST ISN”T GOING TO HAPPEN!

    Obama 08

    August 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  21. anonymous

    It really doesn't matter who is elected President of the US because they are all a bunch of liars and are going to do what they want to while they are in office and could care less what the American people feel or say. What will they really do for us. They don't do a thing but negotiate with all the foreign leaders. They care what they say and do not you or me.

    August 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  22. Ron Democrat turned independent

    obama creates negative publicity. he's the one who chose those anti-American friends, not the media. he's the one who said winning his senate seat the way he did is just Chicago politics, not the media. he's the one who made the crack about his white grandmother, not the media. he's the one who keeps flip flopping, not the media. he's the one who chooses not to buy his children Christmas and birthday gifts to show them there are limits, then sets an example by renting a super jet and an NFL stadium so people can pay homage to him. not the media. so if he wants positive do positive things.

    August 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  23. ulysses

    Clooney is friends with McCain? This just proves McCain is a vapid celebrity dingleberry and not a legitimate statesman. Conservative Republicans universally agree that nobody who has ever worked in Hollywood has any business setting foot in Washington! We can have doctors, lawyers, MBAs, fishermen, teachers, plumbers, and unemployed factory workers as senator, governor, or president – but NEVER an actor! Their opinions and endorsement are less valid than everybody else's!
    Praise the holy ghost of Ronald Reagan!

    August 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  24. Carolyn

    This is a waste of time ! Report something worth talking about.

    August 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  25. anonymous

    I am sick of all this garbage.....................

    August 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
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