And yet another Hollyweird Leftist film I'll be sure to miss. I hope it's not "against the rules" to post this article intact. I can't find the link for it on-line. Michael Reagan is one of my favorite political authors. I think his piece says it all, especially since he was there.
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By Michael Reagan · August 22,
you go again, Hollywood.
You've taken a great
story about a real person and real events and twisted it into a bunch of
took the true story of Eugene Allen, the White House butler who served eight presidents from 1952 to 1986,
and turned it into a clichéd "message movie."
"Lee Daniels' The
Butler'" stars Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, a fictional character
supposedly based on Eugene Allen's real life.
But let's compare
the two White House butlers.
Guess which one grew
up in segregated Virginia, got a job at the White House and rose to become maître d hote, the
highest position in White House service?
Guess which one had
a happy, quiet life and was married to the same woman for 65 years? And who
had one son who served honorably in Vietnam and never made a peep of protest
through the pre- and post-civil rights era?
Now guess which
butler grew up on a Georgia farm, watched the boss rape his mother and then,
when his father protested the rape, watched the boss put a bullet through his
Guess which butler feels the pain of America's racial
injustices so deeply that he quits his White House job and joins his son in a
And guess which
butler has a wife (Oprah Winfrey) who becomes an alcoholic and has a cheap
affair with the guy next door? (I'm surprised it wasn't the vice
Hollywood's absurd version of Eugene Allen's life story with the truth, you
wonder why the producers didn't just call it "The Butler from Another
Strong says he was trying to present a "backstage kind of view of the White
House" that portrayed presidents and first ladies as they really were in everyday
I was backstage at the White House -- a few hundred times. I met and knew the real butler,
Mr. Allen, and I knew a little about my father.
Reagan as a racist because he was in favor of lifting economic sanctions on
South Africa for its policy of
If you knew my
father, you'd know he was the last person on Earth you would call a racist.
If Strong had gotten
his "facts" from the Reagan biographies, he'd have learned that when my
father was playing football at Eureka College one of his best friends was a
Strong also would
have learned that my father invited black players home for dinner and once, when
two players were not allowed to stay in the local hotel, he invited them
to stay overnight at his house.
also might have found out that when my father was governor of California
he appointed more blacks to positions of power than any of predecessors --
It's appalling to me
that someone is trying to imply my father was a racist. He and Nancy and the
rest of the Reagan family treated Mr. Allen with the utmost respect.
It was Nancy Reagan
who invited the butler to dinner — not to work but as guest. And it was my
father who promoted Mr. Allen to maître d'hote.
The real story of
the White House butler doesn't imply racism at all. It's simply Hollywood
liberals wanting to believe something about my father that was never
father's position on lifting the South African sanctions in the '80s had nothing to do with the
narrow issue of race. It had to do with the geopolitics of the Cold
facts don't matter to Hollywood's creative propagandists. Truth is too complicated and not
dramatic enough for scriptwriters, who think in minute terms, not the big
picture, when it comes to a conservative.
Hollywood's liberal hacks believe, my father didn't see people in colors. He saw them
as individual Americans. If the liberals in Hollywood -- and
Washington -- ever start looking at people the way he did, the country will be a
lot better off.