President Obama Admits That He Cried While Watching ‘The Butler’

August 28, 2013  |  

Many moviegoers who were able to go out and see The Butler, have expressed that the touching historical drama triggered various emotional reactions. During a recent interview with Tom Joyner, President Obama confessed that the Lee Daniels film actually brought tears to his eyes.

“You know, I did see ‘The Butler,’ and I did tear up.  I teared up just thinking about not just the butlers who have worked here in the White House, but an entire generation of people who were talented and skilled, but because of Jim Crow, because of discrimination, there was only so far they could go.  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,” he admitted.

He also took a moment to praise Forrest Whitaker and Oprah for the amazing job they did in the film.

“I thought Forest Whitaker was wonderful… And Oprah, my girl, she can act. She’s just a wonderful actress, so I’m glad they did it.”

He went on to discuss his family’s experiences with White House butlers.

“When Michelle and the girls and I first arrived, they could not have been kinder to us and warmer to us. 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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