I have a feeling loose-lipped Scarlett has received her last email from Barack.
From the London Telegraph, June 11:
The actress Scarlett Johansson has revealed that she has regular email contact with presidential hopeful Barack Obama in which she offers advice and consoles him after difficult debates.
The Hollywood starlet said she had been communicating with the Democratic candidate for months and was “amazed” that he always found the time to reply.
“You’d imagine that someone like the senator who is constantly travelling and constantly ‘on’ – how can he return these personal emails?” she told the Politico website….
She described how after a particularly tough debate earlier this year, she sent an email congratulating him for “holding his ground”.
He responded that the questioning was “difficult” and he was being pounded on “one silly question after another.”
I remember those silly questions! They came during the April 16, 2008 Democrat debate between Obama and Clinton. I’ll post those quacky queries below, after this post. Moving on…
The blonde 23-year-old star… has made no secret of her deep admiration for the Democratic candidate.
In January she told reporters: “I am engaged to Barack Obama – My heart belongs to Barack.”…
She gave him her public support with an appearance in a campaign music video that got ten million views in its first week online.
In the recent interview, she claimed that the first black presidential candidate is a fan of her work too and his favourite performance was her role in the Oscar winning Lost In Translation….
Johansson revealed that in-between acting jobs she was preparing to dedicate her time to campaigning for Mr Obama….
“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.”
Scarlett can raise awareness of Obama’s policies? She’ll be the first. Perhaps in her next email she can tell him, since he can’t seem to get beyond “yes, we can!”, what they are.
I take that back. Obama has established one policy: to be the most pro-abortion president in history. CNSNews.com reminded us today:
Following a July 17, 2007 speech to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Obama was asked what he would do at the federal level, not only to ensure access to abortion but to make sure that the judicial nominees he might pick “are true to the core tenets of Roe v. Wade?”
“Well, the first thing I’d do as president is, is sign the Freedom of Choice Act,” Obama said. “That’s the first thing I’d do.”
FOCA is wildly radical legislation that would overturn every single federal, state, and local pro-life law.
Raise that awareness, Scarlett.
I expect the emails between Johansson and Obama remained above-board. But I do think the continued exchange a tad creepy, particularly since Johansson obviously has a crush on Obama. Was Obama leading her on, feeding his male ego, or just being polite? Poor judgment, nonetheless. And his behavior certainly wasn’t presidential, unless, of course, he was trying to emulate President Clinton.
[HT: proofreader Laura Loo; photo of Johansson courtesy of People magazine]
Read transcript of the April 16, 2008, Democrat debate between Clinton and Obama here. Meanwhile, here are some of the “silly questions” reporters Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos asked Obama:
GIBSON: … Senator Obama…. Talking to a closed-door fund-raiser in San Francisco 10 days ago, you got talking in California about small town Pennsylvanians who have had tough economic times in recent years. And you said they get bitter and they cling to guns or they cling to their religion or they cling to antipathy toward people who are not like them. You said you misspoke. You said you mangled what it was you wanted to say. But we’ve talked to a lot of voters. Do you understand that some people in this state find that patronizing and think that you said actually what you meant?
GIBSON: Senator Obama, since you last debated, you made a significant speech in this building on the subject of race and your former pastor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. And you said subsequent to giving that speech that you never heard him say from the pulpit the kinds of things that so have offended people.
But more than a year ago, you rescinded the invitation to him to attend the event when you announced your candidacy. He was to give the invocation. And according to the reverend, I’m quoting him, you said to him: “You can get kind of rough in sermons. So, what we’ve decided is that it’s best for you not to be out there in public.” I’m quoting the reverend.
But what did you know about his statements that caused you to rescind that invitation? And if you knew he got rough in sermons, why did it take you more than a year to publicly disassociate yourself from his remarks?
GIBSON: And, Senator Obama, I want to do one more question, which goes to the basic issue of electability. And it is a question raised by a voter in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, a woman by the name of Nash McCabe. Take a look.
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NASH MCCABE, VOTER: Senator Obama, I have a question, and I want to know if you believe in the American flag. I am not questioning your patriotism, but all our servicemen, policemen and EMS wear the flag. I want to know why you don’t.
STEPHANOPOULOS: … [A] follow-up on this issue, general theme of patriotism, in your relationships. A gentleman named William Ayers. He was part of the Weather Underground in the 1970s. They bombed the Pentagon, the Capitol, and other buildings. He’s never apologized for that.
And, in fact, on 9/11, he was quoted in the New York Times saying, “I don’t regret setting bombs. I feel we didn’t do enough.” An early organizing meeting for your State Senate campaign was held at his house and your campaign has said you are “friendly.”
Can you explain that relationship for the voters and explain to Democrats why it won’t be a problem?