Chris Rock Talks for 11 Minutes in Raleigh

November, 02, 2008, by Jedidiah

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The moment finally came and all Chris Rock had to say was a couple of jokes and an uninformed stump about local voting. Sadly it actually took longer to bike to the Chris Rock for Obama Rally than to hear Chris Rock actually speak. He was introduced by a great speaker from Shaw University, and when Rock came on, he seemed confused and was slow in creating comedic rhetoric.

Chris Rock started off his (very) short speech with a stumbling dialogue about how Saturday was the last day, last day, last day, to vote early in North Carolina. Unfortunately, he never pointed out the fact that a voting station was only a couple of blocks away and simply stated that “early voting ended in 50-some minutes.” He could have been coached a bit better on the locality and reality of this situation. After fumbling through the first couple of minutes of his vote-day speech, Rock continued with various jokes about both Barack Obama and John McCain. Being that Chris Rock was stumping for Obama, it was obvious that McCain would be on the negative end of most of the jokes. But…for only 11 minutes. Give me back my money that I didn’t pay. Please.

To summarize a couple of Rock’s (few) jokes:

“McCain and Obama are in a race of a lifetime. Barack Obama is Kenyan. He has Kenyan blood and one thing is for sure—you can’t beat a Kenyan in a race… I bet you could take a plane to New York and I could get on the back of a Kenyan and beat you there.”

Rock made a couple of jokes about John McCain’s numerous houses, including the fact that “we don’t need a broke president, we just need one that can smell broke… one that knows what broke smells like.  John McCain couldn’t smell broke if he tried.”

There was a hearing-impaired translator in the audience and Rock inferred that “There must be some deaf people voting for Obama too. Just point at a black shirt, they’ll know what you’re talking about”. He also urged the audience to get “anyone who has an arm” out to vote.

While it was great to see Chris Rock in a very unassuming setting at an African-American college in downtown Raleigh with less than 300 people, why is it so fascinating to see a famous person in the flesh?  We continually asked ourselves this question after seeing Rock’s very short speech today. Why? Is it because these speeches get otherwise uncommitted voters out to the polls? Is it that Hollywood has a pull that your average citizen and your neighbor does not? Either way, someone in the Obama campaign implied that getting Chris Rock into southeast downtown Raleigh was imperative on this last day of early voting. Maybe it worked for a couple of people. Go time is now! Maybe 11 minutes was enough?!

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  • Conen Morgan
    11/02 11:05 AM

    Hey, thanks for coming out to the event.  I was the person that introduced Chris Rock.  Though the speech was short, I was happy people came out still to support the campaign and its cause.  As for his speech, I was hoping it was a little longer as well, but I want to point out that sometimes its not the speaker that misses the speaking points, but the campaign that is not fully feeding him the detailed information he probably needed for that location.

    But as I have told all of the Obama staff.  On November 5, you all will be leaving and your work will be done, but I will still be here in NC fighting for more of what is needed in my state.

    Nonetheless, thank you for the great pictures of this event and and I hope you continue to write on your blog about Raleigh.

    Wake County Young Dems (and from NC State ;)).

  • marie3548
    Imagine if John McCain had whispered somewhere that he was willing to bankrupt a major industry? Would this declaration not immediately be front page news? Well, Barack Obama actually flat out told the San Francisco Chronicle (SF Gate) that he was willing to see the coal industry go bankrupt in a January 17, 2008 interview. The result? Nothing. This audio interview has been hidden from the public…until now. Here is the transcript of Obama’s statement about bankrupting the coal industry

    Joe Biden “No coal plants”.

  • Lisa Jeffries
    11/02 09:44 PM

    “uninformed stump” - it was Chris Rock… what was to be expected? Someone who knew how to take 30 seconds to check out the SBoE website?

    Nah, that would’ve made too much sense.

  • Clyde Smith
    11/03 10:35 AM

    I hear stuff like this gets a lot of blog coverage.

    But that’s just a rumor.

  • Billy
    11/03 01:36 PM

    So that Marie3548’s fraudulent comment won’t remain debunked, please check out for an update on that story.  I know the GOP is desperate but we can’t allow the misinformation to stand uncontested.

    “Here’s the facts that the McCain-Drudge-FOX axis of weasel does not want you to know: The Chronicle had not concealed the recording, which had been on the newspaper’s website all along. And rather than reveal some sinister scheme, what it actually demonstrated was that Barack Obama supported clean coal technology—aposition he shares with none other than John McCain.

    Despite the fact that both candidates support clean coal technology, the McCain campaign tried to make the case that Barack Obama wanted to take away jobs from coal country in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and both Drudge and FOX were happy to oblige.

    But just three years ago on the floor of the United States Senate, John McCain’s Republican colleague George Voinovich of Ohio took to the floor to argue against a proposal by McCain to curb greenhouse gas emissions. McCain’s proposal, Voinovich said, would “put coal out of business” and cost thousands of jobs, an argument that McCain did not contest.”

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