President Obama Has Seen 'The Butler,' and It Brought Tears to His Eyes


(Getty Images | The Weinstein Co.)The best place to possibly watch The Butler is undoubtedly the White House viewing room sitting next to President Barack Obama. Unfortunately not many of us are so lucky as to experience such a fantastic thing, but while talking to radio host Tom Joyner about the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's March on Washington, the president was kind enough to expand on the scene. And yes, it brought tears to his eyes.

"I teared up thinking about not just the butlers who worked here in the White House, but an entire generation of people who were talented and skilled. But because of Jim Crow and because of discrimination, there was only so far they could go," he said. "And yet with dignity and tenacity, they got up and worked every single day and put up with a whole lot of mess because they hoped for something better for their kids."

Obama also praised stars Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey as "terrific," and elaborated on his favorite scene.

"My favorite part was probably some of the jokes Cuba Gooding Jr. told, but we can't repeat them on the air," he said.

The Butler is currently the number one movie in the U.S. for the second week running, and has so far brought in $55.8 million. The movie deals with the Civil Rights movement through the eyes of a black White House butler. Obama also responded to questions about what it's like to be the first black president interacting with black members of the White House service staff.

"When Michelle and the girls and I first arrived, they could not have been kinder to us and warmer to us," he said. "And part of it, I suppose, is they look at Malia and Sasha and they say, 'This looks like my grandbaby,' or 'This looks like my daughter.' I think for them to have a sense that we've come that far was a powerful moment for them, and certainly a powerful moment for us. We love them to death. They look after us just wonderfully."

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