'The Butler' Slams Reagans, Ignores Real-Life Butler's Bond with Couple
The new political drama Lee Daniels' The Butler isn't kind to President Ronald Reagan.
That's not shocking, given the track record of screenwriter Danny (Game Change) Strong and the film's hard-left cast.
The film is based on an article in The Washington Post detailing the career of a black butler, Eugene Allen, who served with dignity through eight presidential administrations.
The title character (Forest Whitaker) quits his job after decades of service apparently due to his frustration that President Reagan refuses to embrace sanctions against South Africa for its apartheid policies.
Yet in the Post article, Allen hardly seems angry at the Reagans.
Gene Allen was promoted to maitre d' in 1980. He left the White House in 1986, after 34 years. President Reagan wrote him a sweet note. Nancy Reagan hugged him, tight....
They've got pictures of President and Mrs. Reagan in the living room. On a wall in the basement, they've got pictures of every president Gene ever served. There's a painting President Eisenhower gave him and a picture of President Ford opening birthday gifts, Gene hovering nearby.