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. joe

    When Obama wins this election he won't be the first celebrity to do so.......John McCain must of forgotten the great Ronald R.

    July 30, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  2. Texas Trail Dog!

    Obama IS just like Paris... I'd like to do both of 'em!

    July 30, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  3. Priscilla for Obama

    McSame is showing his true colors. He is old, dishonest, and he doesn't have a vision for America, Just the same old Bush tactics and lies! Ugh!!!

    July 30, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  4. ben

    How in the world did these two misfits,Obama and McCain ever get nominated by their respective parties? This is said out of sarcastic humour!!!!!!!! Since I can remember and I can remember a lot because I am older than McCain. I have never heard such a mud slinging trivia contest in my life. I think CNN should print a book called the stupidest
    things ever said in a political campaign.
    Please Sen. Obama, ignore McCain altogether. His campaign will destroy him, just as Hillary's campaign destroyed her

    July 30, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  5. dale

    why is this news?

    July 30, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  6. Obama to the oval Office

    Isn't Dana Bash married to John King another ReBuTT-ican ?
    Dana Bash do you call this news ? Must be the catagory you consider news /are you out of news CNN ? its either your stupid Polls or more of McBush lies ,trash as this.
    Well I would rather be an educated ,intelligent ,Celebrity than a jealous old short stemmed croney thats lost their everything except taking Viagara,did I say short stemmed ? Gee I wonder why he is taking Viagara he not only voted for Viagara for men then he vetoes everything for woman and our Veterans .Figure that?

    July 30, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  7. Phil Newton Murphy, Oregon

    It was a JOKE.

    Slow news week.

    July 30, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  8. gary

    SO TRUE SO TRUE. JUST A BIG MEDIA CIRCUS.

    July 30, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  9. RJ, CA

    Obama: “I’ve got one or two things to say about change . . . like the change we must change . . . to the change we hold dear. . . I really like change . . . Have I made myself clear?”

    Ditherings!

    Yeah - the Paris Hilton comparison is perfect. A cute cult "babe" you may want to have a drink with - but would you REALLY want to take her home to meet your mother?

    July 30, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  10. Debby

    Yeah maybe Brown, Borger and Martin should read up before they make their stupid comments on McCains add.

    July 30, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  11. Scott

    Paris for VP?

    July 30, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  12. Levar Patterson

    The only one who should be compared to Paris Hilton is Cindy McCain who is a heiress to a fortune, fed from a silver spoon all of her life, blonde, and absolutely stupid and worthless.

    The only thing she is missing is a sex tape... which unlike the Paris Hilton sex tape, I would not like to see it (or download for free).

    John McCain = Bush
    Cindy McCain = Paris Hilton

    July 30, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  13. nola

    Oh my, McCain and his staff have shown their hand – McCain is allowing everyone to see the "GREEN MONSTER" oozing out of each of his pores and the odor is beginning to be unbearable.
    Please McCain get a life.

    July 30, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  14. Charles

    Dana Bash who?

    July 30, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  15. AK in LA

    Hey, in all fairness, the guy did say those things.....sorry.

    July 30, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  16. richard

    Nothing to see here citizens move along now.

    July 30, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  17. missouri for obama

    what is it again that mcsame stands for?
    that's the question we're waiting on for an answer

    July 30, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  18. a southern bell for OBAMA

    HOW INTELLIGENT & HONORABLE IS A MORON THAT

    ATTEMPTS TO COMPARE A LAW PROFESSOR, US SENATOR

    THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE FOR PRESIDENT OF THE

    UNITED STATES, WHO WILL LIKELY BECOME US PRESIDENT,

    TO A NOTHING PORN HEIRESS, WHO BY THE WAY RESEMBLES

    HIS OWN PILL POPPER WIFE, IN HER VERY EARLY LIFE.

    July 30, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  19. mwm

    he's a star ,in his own light.moreso than any of those teenie boppers.they are looking for fame and fortune.barack is a star for spreading hope,kinda like bono, and lennon. got hope? obama '08

    July 30, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  20. Grace

    Why is a 72-year old man who ducked a question on viagra so obsessed with an oversexed Paris Hilton to the point of putting images of her in his campaign ad?

    July 30, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  21. eltopo

    Why should the media be involved in this issue anymore? They are the reason that these so called headlines are even being discussed as real news. It seems that the mud slinging of the Democratic Primary was good for ratings and now they are trying to recreate this with the General Election. All this seems to accomplish is to make supporters of both candidates realize that there is no changing politics.

    July 30, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  22. Sabz

    What comparison? You've had enough fun trying to link him to Osama and Saddam by his *name*, now you want to take potshots at the media coverage he's receiving? Lemme ask you all this: Where were these "complaints" while it was "Reverend Wright this, terrorist fist bump that. Is he a Muslim? His wife, a Black Panther?" so on and horribly on.

    But you know what they didn't expect? They didn't expect him to make it out the other end in one piece. Now they're scared, now they're mad. Now that the media is grasping on his positive side, you've gotta make a stink because it isn't a firehose of slander towards him. Ol' "Expelled" Stein basically said "Only RoveMan can save us!".

    Hilarious. Absolutely gut-busting hilarious.

    July 30, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  23. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    I ALWAYS RANG THE PROVERBIAL BELL, THAT MCSENILE

    HAD NO HONOR. THE HE GOES & MAKES AN ADD THAT

    PROVES ME RIGHT.

    July 30, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  24. Tennisguypitt

    The differences are quite clear...

    One is respectable (Obama), the other is not (Hilton.)

    Obama '08

    July 30, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  25. Xavier

    Seriously, I dont put much weight on anything McCain says. He is after all the men who divorced his wife on her death bed to marry the rich barbie doll pill popper.

    July 30, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
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