Comedian Chris Rock thinks President Barack Obama is more like Shaq than Michael Jordan.
Rock explained the comparison in a lengthy interview with New York Magazine published Monday in which he offered an assessment of the president's time in office.
"Iím trying to figure out the right analogy," Rock said. "Everybody wanted Michael Jordan, right? We got Shaq. That's not a disappointment. You know what I mean? We got Charles Barkley. It's still a Hall of Fame career. The president should be graded on jobs and peace, and the other stuff is debatable. Do more people have jobs, and is there more peace? I guess there's a little more peace. Not as much peace as we'd like, but I mean, that's kind of the gig."
Rock went on to compare Obama to a television executive. Whereas President George W. Bush "operated like a cable network" and "only served the people who voted for him," Rock said Obama was "a network guy" and tried to "get everybody."
"I think heís figured out, and maybe a little late, that thereís some people heís never going to get," Rock said.
When asked what Obama had done "wrong," Rock said the president would potentially be viewed more positively if he let "the country flatline."
"In sports, thatís what any new GM does," Rock said. "They make sure that the catastrophe is on the old management and then they clean up. They donít try to save old managementís mistakes."
Rock also discussed what it was like to meet Obama in person. He described the president as "kind of cool."
"I always say, cooler than most politicians, not as cool as actual cool people," Rock said. "Heís not cool like Jay Z's cool. He's not Eddie Murphy. But in a world of politicians Ö"
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