That’s something I didn’t think I would ever type. Obama was on the radio yesterday talking with Tom Joyner and Sybil Wilkes, and talk turned around to the current #1 flick ‘The Butler’ starring Forrest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, of course, seeing as it takes place in DC and in the White House.
“You know, I did see The Butler, and I did tear up,” Obama told Joyner and Wilkes. “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.”
The commander-in-chief went on to say that his favorite parts of the film were Cuba Gooding Jr.’s jokes, which he couldn’t repeat on air. But Winfrey and Whitaker were definite highlights, too.
“All of the acting was terrific, and I thought Forrest Whitaker was wonderful. And Oprah, my girl, she can act,” President Obama raved of the media mogul. “She’s just a wonderful actress.”
Glowing review! I’m pretty anxious to see this as well, and not just because it’s obvious Oscar bait. Lenny Kravitz is in it too, you know.