You know it's high-end Americana when Spielberg praises it

On CNN, Steven Spielberg and Jon Cusack rave about the inauguration.

By Gabriel Winant

Published January 20, 2009 4:00PM (EST)

CNN caught up with inauguration attendees Steven Spielberg and John Cusack who, unsurprisingly, were all praise for the proceedings. Cusack had mainly generalities to offer, but Spielberg grasped that what we're watching is American cinema at its best. America's most famous director called Barack Obama "an amazing force of energy," and said of the crowd gathered on the Mall, "I couldn't afford to do this shot in a movie."

The saying goes that DC is Hollywood for ugly people. Nice to see LA's finest marveling at the sights of the Beltway.

Gabriel Winant

Gabriel Winant is a graduate student in American history at Yale.

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