Consider Lee Daniels' The Butler officially marked with a presidential seal of approval. In an interview with Tom Joyner and Sybil Wilkes on the Tom Joyner Morning Show yesterday, President Obama revealed that he enjoyed Lee Daniels' new Forest Whitaker-starring film, The Butler, and that it even made him shed a few presidential tears when he watched it recently:
TOM JOYNER: Okay. Before we get out of here, did you see “The Butler,” and did you cry?
THE PRESIDENT: You know, I did see “The Butler,” and I did tear up. 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.
He also revealed that his favorite part of the movie involved "some of the jokes Cuba Gooding told," but he wouldn't specify more than that because a good president doesn't reveal any spoilers when he's reviewing movies. He also commented that Oprah is a "wonderful" actresses, saying: "Oprah, my girl, she can act."
Lee Daniels' The Butler: Made Obama cry, but Cuba Gooding Jr. made him laugh. Duly noted.