An aside on the hubbub over today's John McCain ad mocking Barack Obama's celebrity that includes an image of Paris Hilton: CNN reminds that Obama once compared himself to the heiress and B-movie starlet.
Just before taking office in the US Senate, Obama poked fun at himself at a Washington dinner with journalists in December 2004.
"Andy Warhol said we all get our 15 minutes of fame," he said. "I've already had an hour and a half. I mean, I'm so overexposed, I'm making Paris Hilton look like a recluse."
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