15.6.08

The Scarlett Johansson-Barack Obama Connection

Presumptive Democrat nominee Barack Obama is often compared to John F. Kennedy.

But one thing JFK didn’t have to contend with was email.

Scarlett Johansson’s recent revelation that Obama is her regular email pal is creating quite a stir.

The actress apparently gives the presidential candidate advice via email missives and comforts him when he’s had a tough day in the same e-way.

“You'd imagine that someone like the senator who is constantly travelling and constantly 'on' - how can he return these personal emails?” Johansson tells the Politico. “But he does, and in his off-time I know he also calls people who have donated the minimum to thank them.”

She also says that after a difficult debate he had, she sent Obama an email patting him on the back for “holding his ground.”

The Dem candidate emailed the actress that the questioning at the debate was “difficult” and that he was given “one silly question after another.”

Johansson says she’s not only supporting someone but is “having a personal dialog with them, and it's amazing.”

Obama is a fan of the actress’ films, his fave being “Lost in Translation.”

He’s also a “huge movie lover” who “knows who every actor is,” Johansson says.

In the past, she joked that she was “engaged” to the Illinois Senator, quipping, “My heart belongs to Barack.”

She was also featured in his celebrity filled Internet clip, “Yes We Can,” and may be one of the reasons the clip drew more than 13 million viewers.

Johansson is ready to “do cold calls, public service announcements, all different things to help out.” She’s willing to be “part of a benefit concert or show, and then perhaps hosting after-parties or dinners beforehand,” too.

Reactions and questions are surfacing, though.

“Perhaps it's true, power makes men stupid. Why in the world is Barack Obama emailing Scarlett Johansson?” Reny Monk at the Huffington Post asks.

“So you've got a 23-year-old gorgeous, blonde actress e-mailing a married presidential candidate. Well, what could go wrong there, huh?” Jay Leno inquires tongue-in-cheek.

James Hirsen is a media analyst, Trinity Law School professor and teacher of mass media law at Biola University.

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