Lee Daniels' The Butler is in theaters nationwide. It's already made more than $50 million at the domestic box office and took home top honors for its opening weekend earlier this month. Recently, a more, ahem, prominent, moviegoer sat down to take in Daniels' version of American history: President Obama.
President Obama was on the Tom Joyner Morning Show with radio hosts Tom Joyner and Sybil Wilkes when he admitted that he teared up during The Butler, but his favorite parts were Cuba Gooding Jr.'s jokes.
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.
President Obama also commended Oprah's performance and commented on the current White House staff.
[Oprah]’s just a wonderful actress. So I’m glad they did it. And I will tell you that the butlers who are now here in the White House, when we first arrived, when Michelle and the girls just — first arrived, they could not have been kinder to us and warmer to us. And part of it, I suspect, is they look at Malia and Sasha and they say, well, this looks like my grandbaby, or this looks like my daughter. And 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. [BlackAmericaWeb.com]