April 25th, 2008
12:25 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama: I'm a regular guy—I only have four pairs of shoes


Watch Obama's comments at a press conference Friday.

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (CNN) – Democrat Barack Obama responded to the suggestion that some view him as an elitist by pointing to his closet.

At a press conference Friday, the Illinois senator was asked about the perception some voters may have that he comes across as an elitist who "looks too much like a GQ cover" to be able to relate to working class voters.

He first gestured to his clothing choice. "I think this is a fairly standard suit here, you know?" he said. "I haven't changed my approach to dressing too much.

"I basically buy five of the same suit, and then I patch them up and wear them repeatedly. I have four pairs of shoes. Recently I've taken to getting a haircut more frequently than I used to because my mother in law makes fun of me. So I don't think people are too worried about what I'm wearing."

He added he didn't feel the need to go out of his way to prove his "street cred as a down-to-earth guy" because, according to him, people who've known him long enough know that to be the case.

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soundoff (235 Responses)
  1. tom, Boston

    obama, few quesions from the corporate media "reporters", or rather parrots, are worth your response.

    April 25, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. DJW

    I guess you would know that better because white people know the system right????

    April 25, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  3. rick smith

    he only has 4 pair of shoe, Bowling shoes are not one of them, or Not Hunting Boots,or Work Boots, so Im thinking he has penny loafers, or High Heels, maybe GoGo boots.

    April 25, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  4. Dee

    Portland. There is something called scholarship. But your racist, self hating self won't know that. People like you make me sick. You should be very ashamed of yourself. At the end of the day. Sen. Obama will be present because we Americans are tired of the same crap we have been dealt for years.

    April 25, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. Mark, B'ham Alabama

    What does he have for shoes, 4 pair of Gucci loafers and a pair of $400.00 basketball shoes? Where are the work boots?

    April 25, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  6. Mack

    Reagan Democrats will just vote for McCain if this Elilist is the Democrat Nominee because of his Dirty Politics while at the same time preaching Change.

    April 25, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  7. A.A.B.

    I see the hate mongers are all present. If the Democratic party dissolves it is that people such as some who write on this page about candidates owning prayer rugs and being the anti-christ. I have never seen an elitist drug dealing car thief but I suppose nothing should surprise me.

    April 25, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  8. Bone

    This is getting more ridiculous by the hour. Do we really want a "regular guy" in the White House? What makes Obama an attractive candidate are his ideas and his inspiring presence on the national stage. If I wanted a "regular guy" for president I would write in my next door neighbor... or myself.

    April 25, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |

    Now we are talking about what Obama is wearing??????????? People get a life, or find something that is news worthy.

    April 25, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  10. ConsiderThis, FL

    The longer this campaign goes, the more of AMERICA is revealed. While people are putting Obama under a microscope, it is AMERICA who's being SEEN for who we are. This man is our best chance of living life in America with some dignity; especially after the rape and pilage of the Bush administration. But, because too many of AMERICANS are RACIST, we'll get just what we deserve – MORE OF THE SAME IN WASHINGTON. So, when you vote for Hillary or McSame and it costs $200 for a tank of gas, no universal healthcare, no social security, wars, wars and more wars, and we all start living like those in undeveloped countries, we'll be getting just what we deserve. And by the way, it's funny how the people tht perpetuate the trash of the campaign are all rich and won't be affected by the decisions made in Washington; except for getting richer and richer and richer. It's NOT ABOUT BLACK AND WHITE PEOPLE! It's about the ECONOMIC PIMPS and their unmerciful determination to make sure that the rest of us are their ..........

    April 25, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. LOSING

    Democrats are really good at one thing- losing elections...even those that are seemingly in the bag.

    We have now spent more money than ever just to beat a really weak republican nominee, with everyone already disgusted with Bush. We should have taken this election without any campaigning and without spending ANY money.

    But once again, we are desperately trying to install the nominee with appeal to the radical, ultra-liberal and fringe elements of the party. Such a candidate can not even pull all of the democrats behind him- much less the rest of America.

    Now we will Pander to the newbies and the black vote- out of fear of alienating them... and then we are willing to lose the election. Again.

    We never learn. This party deserves to DIE.

    April 25, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  12. Tom

    CNN Is a Racist

    April 25, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  13. Ann Romero

    Obama supports his cousin Raila Odinga and sends a million dollars to his political camp thousand of people have been displaced by election violence (over 350,000) and some are believed dead. Obama camp continues to cry race and if he looses the race possibly his group will cause a race war in America.

    Since CNN want post this message, I will write to all the Government official about this news. I am sure, this is a cover up for Obama. McCain is looking better each day, he is American and so is Hillary Clinton, they have the people heart and are standing up for America not Kenya.

    April 25, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  14. alice2


    April 25, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. Anthony 02

    Yeah right!! He is not the one getting up early in the morning to take a long commute to work, in order to pay the bills and the high taxes. Not to say the high price of fuel and food!! He never ever says what he is going to do for the high cost of fuel. He is not a regular guy and never will be! He is just looking to play his angle if he gets the opportunity just like Clinton and Mccain and any other politican!! It is and it will always be about them! And their own agenda!!!!!!! Lets get some guts America and try something different and vote independent. If we keep going with same old players it will be the same old thing!!!!!!!

    April 25, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  16. The Vajayjay Vote

    Come on girls, vote OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hillary is just a lying hold over from the past.

    April 25, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  17. In Agreement

    "First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." – Mahatma Ghandi

    Obama '08

    April 25, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  18. Darth Vadik, CA

    Don't worry buddy, I'm sure Condi Rice will buy you some new shoes during the next hurricane.

    April 25, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  19. Brian Granada Hills California

    How much BS can we take from one candidate. This guys is as elitist as they come. He is so full of himself he should change is name to SNOBAMA.

    April 25, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  20. bos123

    To Portland: If you really wants to know about Senador Obama's food stamps and prep. school read his book "Dreams of my Father" . The answers are there. Don't just repeat what you heard.

    April 25, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  21. Brian Granada Hills California


    April 25, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    Oh, Come on, you people are so biased. Let the man make one
    statement without ridicule. Please keep your negatives for Hillary.
    Notice the Republicans, Hannity, Rove. Limbaugh are not hardly
    talking against Hillary, yet. They have to get Obama out of the way
    first. God Help, American if Hillary or McCain continue their selling
    off America to Columbia and China and Now Dubai. Wait, just
    wait til the Republicans "debate" Hillary on their somewhat "bonnie
    and Clyde" lifestyle. The woman won't have a chance to cough, gulp
    or speak. She won't like debates then. They are planning to use her
    own dirty games on her and it will be repulsive.

    April 25, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  23. carrie,detroit

    i wonder who picks out hillary's clothes?
    maybe the same person who picked the blue dress and beret for monica "bill" lewinsky.

    April 25, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  24. jp/michigan

    Elitism is a belief and an arrogant attitude, that one is superior to others. They have deep insecurities which they defend against by holding themselves a cut above. Obama has often shown arrogance and entitlement to be the President. He is the product of the Illinois/Chicago political arena. Don't ask, secretive policies ,identical to the Bush/Chaney years in the White House.

    April 25, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  25. vic nashville,Tn

    Big lie
    Obama do you thing we will believe you. Sorry
    Once you get the nomination you will see the real campaign
    Hillary 08 or Mc Cain 08

    April 25, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
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