'I thought Forest Whitaker was wonderful. And Oprah, my girl, she can act,' the Commander-in-Chief says in a White House interview.
"Lee Daniels' The Butler", a movie about a black White House butler serving seven presidents, has moved Barack Obama to tears. In an interview broadcast on Tuesday, August 27 with radio hosts Tom Joyner and Sybil Wilkes, the Commander-in-Chief admitted he went emotional when watching the star-studded film that is headlined by Forest Whitaker.
"You know, I did see 'The Butler,' and I did tear up," Obama said. "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 [segregation laws], because of discrimination, there was only so far they could go."
Of which part of the pic he loved the most, the first African-American President said, "My favorite part was probably some of the jokes Cuba Gooding Jr. told, but we can't repeat them on the air." The acting, according to him, was "terrific." He gushed, "I thought Forest Whitaker was wonderful. And Oprah [Winfrey], my girl, she can act. She's just a wonderful actress, so I'm glad they did it."
"The Butler" is based on a true story of a former White House butler named Eugene Allen. Jane Fonda, Mariah Carey and Robin Williams are some of the supporting actors.