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The White House's Black Butler

 
 
Reply Sat 8 Nov, 2008 01:34 pm
A Butler Well Served by This Election
For 34 Years, Eugene Allen Carried White House Trays With Pride. Now There's Even More Reason to Carry Himself That Way.


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President Truman called him Gene.

President Ford liked to talk golf with him.

He saw eight presidential administrations come and go, often working six days a week. "I never missed a day of work," Allen says.

His is a story from the back pages of history. A figure in the tiniest of print. The man in the kitchen.

He was there while America's racial history was being remade: Brown v. Board of Education, the Little Rock school crisis, the 1963 March on Washington, the cities burning, the civil rights bills, the assassinations.

When he started at the White House in 1952, he couldn't even use the public restrooms when he ventured back to his native Virginia. "We had never had anything," Allen, 89, recalls of black America at the time. "I was always hoping things would get better."


Read it till the end.
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Zippo
 
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Reply Sat 8 Nov, 2008 01:39 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Clever use of words. They used "Butler" instead of "Slave"
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Sat 8 Nov, 2008 01:44 pm
Now that's just wrong.

Edit: Referring to the article, but it fits Zippo to a T.
spendius
 
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Reply Sat 8 Nov, 2008 01:53 pm
@DrewDad,
Like Zippo I was touched.

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"The senators were all talking about the colleges and universities that they went to.
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You can be sure of that.
mysteryman
 
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Reply Sat 8 Nov, 2008 02:36 pm
Oh man, what a way to end the article... Crying or Very sad

I hope he does get an invite to the WH, it would be so fitting.
I did find it interesting that instead of serving at the state dinner the Reagans had, he was an invited guest of President Reagan.
But it was the way Reagan was, he treated everyone like they were important.
spendius
 
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Reply Sat 8 Nov, 2008 03:18 pm
@mysteryman,
Well- he was an actor. They can do that more easily than the rest of us.
DrewDad
 
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Reply Sat 8 Nov, 2008 03:26 pm
@spendius,
I agree. You're both touched.
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sozobe
 
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Reply Sat 8 Nov, 2008 05:32 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Well dang, I expected a tear-jerking ending but not THAT kind of tear-jerking ending.

Interesting article, thanks.
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mysteryman
 
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Reply Sat 8 Nov, 2008 06:56 pm
@spendius,
I know better then that.
I was stationed at Camp David for 6 months during Reagans first term, and I know for a fact that he treated everyone that way.
It wasnt an act, it was genuinely the way he was.
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