Chris Rock: Obama is Like the ‘Dad of the Country,’ ‘When Your Dad Says Something, You Listen’

By Elizabeth Harrington | February 6, 2013 | 12:03 PM EST

Actor and comedian Chris Rock. (AP)

( – During a press conference on Capitol Hill to “Demand a Plan” for gun violence, actor and comedian Chris Rock said he was only there to “support the president,” who is like the “dad of our country.”

“I am just here to support the president of the United States,” Rock said on Wednesday.  “The president of the United States is, you know, our boss.”

“But he’s also, you know, the president and the first lady are kind of the like the mom and the dad of the country,” he said.  “And when your dad says something, you listen.”

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“And when you don’t, it usually bites you in the ass later on,” Rock said.  “So, I am here to support the president.  Thank you.”

Rock appeared at a press conference sponsored by Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence to call for stricter gun control in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting.

Singer Tony Bennett and actors Amanda Peet and Adam Scott also joined lawmakers and activists to advocate for a new “assault weapons” ban, universal background checks, and a ban of high-capacity ammunition magazines.