Bittersweet

The Butler Did It

With the first African-American due to move into the White House in the new year, Hollywood is greenlighting anything that alludes to this historic event. Columbia is making a movie to celebrate the life of Eugene Allen, an African-American who worked as a White House butler for 34 years, serving every president from Truman to Reagan. Allen started at the White House as a “pantry man” in 1952 when blacks weren’t allowed to use public restrooms in his native Virginia. And there is even a bittersweet Hollywood ending: Allen voted for Obama on November 4, but his wife of 65 years died the day before.