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

The Paris Hilton comparisons

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/30/art.paris.gi.jpg caption="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. Mart

    Dana Bash...this confirms what I have been thinking about your reporting...you have always been campaigning for McCain all along it is time. It is now time you should act as a reporter. CNN

    July 30, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  2. Alex

    I'm not an Obama supporter, but even I wouldn't compare Barrack Obama to Paris Hilton. Give the man some credit! Parish is dumber than some people's pet rocks!

    July 30, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  3. Nancy

    Seriously?!!! ?
    So it's down to this?
    Am I expected to laugh or something?


    tell US your plan!!!

    July 30, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  4. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    The stupid ads don't detract from Obama but make McCain look like he is running scared and crying for attention. Hardly very Presidential and sure won't enhance McCain's world wide image and that my friends matters more than most realize.

    July 30, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
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