WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama teared up watching “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” a celluloid depiction of the US civil rights battle as seen by an African-American who served in the White House.
The movie, starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, topped the North American box office for a second straight weekend and is already being spoke of as a multiple Academy Award contender.
“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,” Obama said in an interview with radio host Tom Joyner.
“And yet, with dignity and tenacity, they got up and worked every single day,” said Obama, the first African-American US president, noting that those who were discriminated against put up with a lot “because they hoped for something better for their kids.” –AFP