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

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Witnessing History

Allen worked in the White House during some of America's most prominent turning points, but nothing prepared him to witness President Obama, America's first Black president, being sworn in to office. "You wouldn't even dream that you could dream of a moment like this," Allen told the Washington Post of Obama's historic election.

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