Pres. Obama: I "Teared Up" Watching The Butler

The president also raves about Oprah, Forest Whitaker.

Posted: 08/28/2013 09:00 AM EDT
President Barack Obama

Lee Daniels' The Butler has received the presidential seal of approval. President Barack Obama, speaking to Tom Joyner on the radio, sings the praises of the historical epic, which has grossed more than $50 million in the two weeks since its release. 

"You know, I did see The Butler, and I did tear up," Mr. Obama told Joyner. "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 also praised the performances of the film's leads. "All of the acting was terrific, and I thought Forest Whitaker was wonderful. And Oprah, my girl, she can act," President Obama raved. "She's just a wonderful actress."

Indeed, the president may be the highest-profile fan of Lee Daniels' film, but he's not the only one. The Butler has earned critical raves and the validation of audiences, who made it the No. 1 film two weekends in a row. Oscar buzz also continues to grow for Whitaker and Winfrey.

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