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. texas girl

    HAHA! Only thing is that Paris would do a much better job as Pres!


    July 30, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  2. Greg FL.

    CNN, when are you going to cover all the McCain mistakes. This is getting real old. I'm starting to think FOX NEWS has a new partner. I guess you think you will get another ratings boost like you did when you were kissing up to Hillary over Obama.

    July 30, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  3. Robert in Seattle


    Read it and weep.

    Republican attack machine spews lies as usual. Family values? The party of Faith? I think not.

    July 30, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  4. Alice in Florida

    What an insult to Paris to compare her to Obama....!

    I would be, like, TOTALLY, like, freaked if anyone compared me to bat ears bat face Obama

    It would be so, like, UNHOT – it would be, like, FRIGID


    July 30, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  5. marc

    If I were a financial supporter of MaCain I would be more than PISSED!!! Such ads are such a waste, lack any substance. It shows MaCain has no financial judgment and responsibility. Scary! Very scary!!!

    And MaCain questions Obama’s “celebrity” status?!?! They both are public figures. Obama is just more on top and MaCain is acting like a jealously little kid! And MaCain questioning Obama’s ability lead, well I would like to point out that the US needs more than experience to create true change. And a hero title will also not help us either.

    July 30, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  6. Ron Nebraska

    Why not question McCain on his constant misstatements and contradictory positions instead of just reporting the latest nasty thing he says about Obama. Oh yeah, that would require the media to do its' job and they don't do that anymore.

    July 30, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  7. BIG WIG

    He is a celeb anyway. In your face mccane.

    OBAMA 08

    July 30, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  8. Daniel, Loganville. Ga.

    Not this time, this is our moment, this is our time...

    OBAMA '08

    July 30, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  9. Viva Obama

    I have the feelings "my friend" dream about Obama every night

    July 30, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  10. TheWeaselMcCain

    When you're down and out, all you can do is make baseless, derogatory statements about the person whipping your butt.

    Name calling is all the Weasel can do when he's on the ropes.

    Childless, I say...

    Obama 08

    July 30, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  11. Ron democrat turned independent

    a presentation without a proper demonstration is just conversation and that about sums up sen. obama he will go on and on about how he will change the wy thing are done in washinton then goes behind closed doors with all the old war horses to plan the strategy. thats change? he talks about restraints (after mccain used that line and got good response) but then he promisses billions of dollars in programs he can't pay for. were almost broke as it is? his idea of demonstrating restraints is chartering a 757 and renting NFL stadiums to let us pay omage to is magnificence . and oh yes he doesn't buy his children christmas or birthday gifts. real high roller isn't he

    July 30, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Seriously, there are people dying in Iraq, the gas prices are ridiculous, Black people are suffering from an AIDS epidemic and the media thinks that it makes sense to focus on jokes Barak once made about himself? And to resolve what major crisis? Get back to issues folks. Get back to the issues.

    July 30, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  13. ever

    mccain is throwing stones just to get any attention that is how low he has to go ! whats next maybe obama should compare him to the flint stones! how about that?

    July 30, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  14. Sheri

    Republicans are very, very desperate. Hanging on to a thread looks like.

    July 30, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  15. IndependentTogether

    That's right, CNN. Don't question McCain on the blatant lies in his attack ads. Don't question McCain on what qualifies *him* as the leader for *this* time. Just parrot the McCain memes against Obama. Do his attack work for him. You're doing a fine job, Brownie. Journalism at its finest.

    July 30, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  16. mayahh

    NO major issue , Paris is an all American girl with american issues, Obama KIng of THE AMERICAN CASTLE> MCSHAME get a life ,,

    July 30, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  17. Tanya

    John McCain is so desperate it is hilarious. His ads are the worst. I agree 100% with Obama on this one – McCain should spend a lot more time talking about, oh say, his policies! Same old, same old.

    July 30, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  18. Brian

    America is dumber for watching this ad. How sad we cannot discuss real issues.

    July 30, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  19. Independent Voter

    The ad is GREAT! Obama is whiney because the ad hits home.

    July 30, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  20. AMAforObama

    The comparison is an insult, ingnoring his intelligence and hard work. What has Paris HIlton worked hard at all her life? Lifting the silver spoon. McCain needs to turn over in bed tonight and look at the person that is sleeping next to him. Stricking resemblance on many levels.

    July 30, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  21. Posn

    He wished he could hear his named being shouted. Some like sour grapes......... No wait that is just the wrinkles in his face 🙂

    July 30, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  22. R Dworman

    Barak like Paris and Brittany? Someone needs to ask Sen. McCain just how he comes to know that Sen Obama doesn't wear underpants!

    July 30, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  23. LT for Obama

    First the troops ad that was full of lies, now this.

    This ad is indicative of a first year film student. Will this one get pulled quickly as well?

    Obama is smart, he is letting McCain spend all this money on ridiculous ads. When Obama starts really putting out the ads, he will be able to outspend him just like he did in the primaries.

    July 30, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  24. Obama for President 08/12

    Put it simple McWar is a looser / all he does is throw darts at Obama is short stemmed ,surge, lost memory ,ancient MORE MCBush and thats what you have.
    Go figure but while you are at it look at the 4,500 Warriors in body bags , thousands injured for life,killing thousands of Iraq people by a WAR The BUSH A – HOLES STARTED for NO REASON.
    What are you thinking to vote for these McBush idiots?

    July 30, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  25. Dana Bash

    Both are good looking. What is so wrong about that.

    July 30, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
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