January 25th, 2009
03:45 PM ET
Reviews are still coming in for President Barack Obama's inaugural address. Chris Rock is weighing in, and his reaction might be summed up in one word: "eh."
He told CNN International producer/reporter Katie Walmsley, "He's got like five better speeches in his pocket for when he needs them."
Rock said he thinks President Obama made a tactical decision not to use his best oratory during the speech, because he'll need to draw on even greater rhetorical firepower if the country really hits the skids. OK, he didn't exactly say "hit the skids." He used a more colorful term to suggest the dire condition we will be in if the economic situation worsens.
Rock didn't travel to D.C. for the inauguration. He watched the proceedings at the Sundance Film Festival, just before he did an interview with Walmsley about his new documentary called "Good Hair" (it explores how African-American women perceive themselves and their hair).
I talked with him at a dinner party hosted by Bon Appetit magazine for the filmmakers in Sundance and if he was excited about Obama taking office, I had a hard time detecting it. He did take a swipe at the outgoing president, however.
When I asked him if he had any hopes or fears regarding Obama's presidency he responded, "Fears? How could it get any worse?"
– Matthew Carey, CNN Entertainment Producer
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