Get to Know Eugene Allen, the Inspiration Behind "The Butler"

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Connection to Obama

Allen received a VIP invitation from the White House for Obama's swearing-in ceremony. Allen told the Washington Post he and his wife were excited to vote for Obama in the 2009 election. Sadly, Allen cast his ballot for Obama alone as Helene passed away on the eve of Election Day.

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