July 30th, 2008
05:30 PM ET
14 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. Montana is Obama Country

    CNN trying it's best to give a non-issue legs...

    Again, poor journalism by the media..

    Fact is:... Barack Obama... is Hot.. & John Mcain... is NOT

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

    Pathetic article, this is news, shame on mccain for even having an ad out like this, hes getting more and more desperate each day.

    July 30, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  3. Clinton/McCain

    McCain's ad was perfect. All three celebrities are dumb.

    July 30, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  4. bruce55555

    What we really need here people are the Clinton years, those glorious Clinton years.
    Peace and prosperity, huge surplus, no deficit.
    Hillary Clinton could and would have done that for us.
    Without her we're all losers.

    July 30, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  5. Oh Poooooleeeezzzze!

    And this is earth shattering new because...?

    July 30, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  6. Lesley

    It is a funny comment but when McCain tries to use it as some meaningful indication of Obama's presidency, it's pathetic. McCain has no sense of humor. Why does the media hang on McCain's every attack and put it out there like it's something enlightening to be discussed. The McMedia is biased in favor of McCain.

    July 30, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  7. Brian

    Mccain think the media will carry him into presidency, but not with my vote. Cnn please stop trying so hard!

    July 30, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  8. Ridgeway

    Well, she's just as qualified to be President as Obama is. Her ears don't stick out as far and she doesn't hate Christians.

    July 30, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  9. Charla in NE Texas

    hmm....i wonder if McWhine had the permissions of Britney and Paris to use their images in his whiney ad???

    July 30, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  10. s.positive

    CNN should retrain all its staff to BBCs standard, they are now losing it...(BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION)

    July 30, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  11. Tim

    That ad is to stupid to comment on.

    July 30, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  12. Duop Chak, Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Is there any meaning? I don't think so...

    July 30, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  13. Tired of the antics, PA

    This is the silliest campaign ad yet. McCain needs to spend more time on his positions instead of all the negative ads against Obama. The public wants to know where he stands on issues and not just why we should distrust Obama. Shame on McCain and his pitiful excuse for a campaign.

    July 30, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  14. Mike D

    CNN, at what point did you become a McCain surrogate? You seem to parrot all talking points, even now ad-hominem attacks.

    July 30, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  15. EDW

    Imagine there's no countries
    It isn't hard to do
    Nothing to kill or die for
    And no religion too
    Imagine all the people
    Living life in peace...

    July 30, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  16. Rob


    You're using a glib comment from 4 years ago to justify the most childish ad of the campaign??

    I think Dana Bash has been "embedded" with McCain for too long; she's developing Stockholm syndrome.

    July 30, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  17. Lisa


    July 30, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  18. The Weatherman

    Double standards never end and Obama supporters still don't get it. They are like drunk hobos swinging at shadows.

    July 30, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  19. Sharon

    Obama and his campaign team are very clever. They are using reverse psychology. Obama can do no wrong. He is starting to actually believe that he CAN'T do any wrong. Scarry isn't it?

    It seems that no matter what one says about Obama, he always turns out to be the POOR victim. He has everyone looking out for him. What is he going to do IF he becomes president? Imagine if he were in Afghanistan? He would not survive – he is a WIMP!!!!

    July 30, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  20. G

    Well, they are both thin. Grasping at many straws, McCane?

    July 30, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  21. The T

    Dana Bash has used her position as a new person to become McShame hitman

    July 30, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  22. demwit

    Well.., they are both empty suits, constantly hounded by paporazzi looking for a shot of their over exposed packages. Has Obama been in rehab too?

    July 30, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  23. Dave, Illinois

    Both have about the same IQ, vanity, shallowness, and media adoration.

    July 30, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  24. Steve

    If I was in the Obama camp, I wouldn't worry about McCain's comparisons. No one that doesn't wear a tin-foil hat believes any of McCain's ads. He's become a the poster child for silly and distorted accusations. As each ad comes out, he sounds less and less presidential, and more and more like the village idiot. Obama should just let him run with his wild accusations. I'm sure, before long, McCain will be accusing Obama of dodging imaginary sniper fire in Bolivia (McCain's grasp on who did what, and where they did it is slipping by the day). McCain's campaign yesterday, in trying to cover for something stupid McCain said, actually said, "McCain doesn't always speak for the McCain campaign" WHAT?!!??!!? Does anyone realize how absolutely SILLY that is!?! I cannot believe this guy is being taken seriously!

    July 30, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  25. Not quite gettin' it ...

    So, Obama is like Roy Hobbs from The Natural? Well, in the book, he took the money and struck out. Sounds just like Obama to me!

    July 30, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
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