"I think I've said before that I think a speech by Barack Obama is a lot like sex. The worst there ever was is still excellent, and I thought he gave a very competent performance tonight," he said during CNN's post-speech coverage.
"One of the things working with candidates and political leaders is when they're in a weak political position, sometimes they confuse volume and loudness with strength," he continued. "And that's what I felt the first half of the speech, that he was willing himself to demonstrate strength and confidence. But he did it with optimism, and that is the rare gift a president has. The president is the only guy in that top job who can say, 'We're going to some place better, follow me.' I think it's going to help him, it's going to help the Democrats."
As for the speech's drawbacks, Castellanos added that he thought Obama's policy talk was "too small for the moment."