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Obama admits he ‘teared up’ while watching Oprah in 'The Butler'

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President Obama admitted that he “teared up” during his private screening of The Butler – a film starring Oprah Winfrey, Forrest Whitakerand Cuba Gooding Jr.

Obama made his comments during an interview with with radio hosts Tom Joyner and Sybil Wilkes in the Oval Office.

“Before we get out of here, did you see “The Butler,” and did you cry?” asked Joyner. 

You know, I did see “The Butler,” and I did tear up,” Obama said.  “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.”

Obama said that his favorite part of the movie was some of the jokes told by Gooding which he couldn’t repeat on the air.

But all of the acting was terrific, and I thought Forrest Whitaker was wonderful,” Obama added. “And Oprah, my girl, she can act ... She’s just a wonderful actress.  So I’m glad they did it.”

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