July 30th, 2008
05:30 PM ET
6 years ago

The Paris Hilton comparisons

Obama once compared himself to Paris Hilton.
Obama once compared himself to Paris Hilton.

(CNN) - John McCain is facing criticism from many Democrats for likening Barack Obama to Paris Hilton, but the Illinois senator made the same comparison himself at a dinner in 2004.

"Andy Warhol said we all get our 15 minutes of fame," then Senator-elect Obama said at a Gridiron dinner in December, 2004. "I've already had an hour and a half. I mean, I'm so overexposed, I'm making Paris Hilton look like a recluse."

That attempt at self deprecating humor was delivered little more than a month after he was elected to the US senate, and just weeks before he was sworn in.

The same comparison was also made in September 2006, when speculation swirled about whether the still-very coy Obama would mount a presidential bid.

Upon speaking at Tom Harkin’s annual Iowa steak fry - a must-attend event for any presidential hopeful - CNN asked Obama about the Paris Hilton comparisons.

“Yeah, exactly,” Obama started to reply before Harkin jumped in and said, “Remember that movie with Robert Redford that was called 'The Natural, about a baseball player? This is the natural of politics.”


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (254 Responses)
  1. America for the Truth

    BACK OFF YOU RIGHT WINGED REPUBLICANS!

    July 30, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  2. shadowgovernment

    HA! Wow, cutting edge journalism. Next up? McCain files for divorce from Cindy, seen nightclubbing with Mary Kate and Ashley.

    July 30, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. Lorna, NY

    I am sick and tired of John McCains negative ads, when is he going to outline his plan to bring this country out of bankruptcy! What an idiot!

    July 30, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  4. DONE WITH THE DEMS

    PARIS HILTON HAS HE OWN CORP. AND AS DITSY AS SHE APPEARS SHES RATHER BRIGHT. SHES MADE MORE THAN OBAMA EVER WILL SO SHES NOT THAT STUPID. PLUS SHE ACTUALLY OWNS HER OWN COMPANY AND HAS A HUGE SAY IN ITS OPERATION. SO SHES ONE UP ON HIM. YES SHES NOT A LAWYER, BUT SHE HAS MORE EXPERIENCE IN WORLD TRAVEL AND BUSINESS THAN OBAMA. SO I WOULDNT COMPARE THE TWO, SHE HAS IT ALL OVER HIM.

    July 30, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  5. brenda

    Yes. Obama is the natural when it comes to leadership. He is well centered and makes good decisions. Go Obama!

    July 30, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  6. Rick

    Um, let's see........white-black.....long blond hair-short dark hair.....male-female......single with no kids-married with kids.......oh, I've got it.........no brain-no brain. What do I win?

    July 30, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  7. ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    This is proof of the fact that the McCain campaign is losing it! what a bunch of whiners the whole lot has become!

    July 30, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  8. Nicole

    I don't think I have ever in my life seen a black man be compared to white woman!

    Has McSame become so desperate that he actually believes someone will fall for this?

    Wait some people actually voted for Buch TWICE so it might just work!

    July 30, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  9. No Obama

    The other comparison-They would both try to screw our country.

    July 30, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  10. Independent Voter

    I LOVE this comparison!

    Obama and the Dems don't like it because it hits too close to home.

    Keep up the good work, McCain!

    Obama is a star-studded PHONEY!

    July 30, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  11. Turnabout is Fair Play

    You're a handsome young man Obama but Paris is easier on the eyes being that I'm a guy and all :-) I didn't say I'd TOUCH her without getting a full cocktail shot of antibiotics first but she LOOKS better than you..speaking soley as a dude of course.. lol. You still rool tho.

    July 30, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  12. Bob

    How low?

    July 30, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  13. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    The comparison to Paris is at least a little more flattering than some of the people McCain is being compared to. Heck, if he'd just develop a little "hitch" in his step, he's be a spittin image of Grampa McCoy from the Real McCoys. He even has the same grumpy disposition.

    July 30, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  14. Independent

    John McCain just had a town hall meeting yesterday in NV and today in CO.

    It was absolutely pathetic. All this guy says is "my friends I know how to fix that" but then he gives not even the slightiest solutions to the problem he was asked about.

    Wake up America! Not again, not again!

    YES WE CAN!

    July 30, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  15. Richie

    Karl Rove at best!

    July 30, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  16. Herman in LA

    Its silly season time can't wait until November...

    Obama 08!!!

    July 30, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  17. Mike

    I am waiting to hear what John Mccain will do for Americans, not baseless attacks!!

    July 30, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  18. thanuat

    To be fair, McCain is the Doctor Kevorkian of politics, taking the easy way out.

    July 30, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  19. Obama 08'

    While Obama Is meeting with economic advisors and World leaders McCain is sitting back looking and acting like a jeaslous high School Girl. His ads are juvenile and his attacks are childish. For someone with supposed experience and maturity McCain needs to just grow up

    July 30, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  20. rev

    Political pandering aside, I'd easily vote for Paris Hilton, or even her dog, before I'd vote for any other Republican ever again. Those crooks need to be jailed for their crimes against America.

    July 30, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  21. Truffena

    Dana Bash is a journalist who have been used an reused by Mccain Campaign. How stupid!

    July 30, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  22. Ralph

    What ever happened the John McCain of 2000? McCain has made the wrong kind of change.

    July 30, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  23. Do it yourself

    I see a lot in common between the two... at least between the ears.

    Typical Borack... what's good for the goose isn't good for the gandor.

    Joke 08

    July 30, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  24. Tejano

    Do i sense a double standard. O can claim a comparison but Mac cannot. Maybe it is because Macs comparison hits too close to home.
    Vanity, good bod, but empy head and poor judgment.

    i would say more but i don't want to insult Paris Hilton.

    July 30, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  25. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    McBush is an idiot... when all else fails and you can't get Obama on policy, background, or anything relevant, turn to stupid attacks that have no content.

    OBAMA '08

    July 30, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
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