The White House Butler

Eugene Allen served eight presidents over three decades as White House Butler. He shared a birthday with Gerald Ford, was personally invited to Jack Kennedy's funeral, and sat at a state dinner with the Reagans.
He was there while America's racial history was being remade: 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," Mr Allen, 89, recalls of black America at the time. "I was always hoping things would get better."

Allen retired in 1986. WAtoday has a fascinating account of his years in the White House, a story with a twist that made a Fark forum cry. -via Fark

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There's a documentary about how the White House is run and maintained that interviews butlers and cooks and all kinds of people. It's really good, I've seen it a couple of times.

There's a butler in it (though I don't think it was Mr. Allen) who had been there for decades, who claimed to say to a president, "At the White House, presidents come and go, but butlers are here forever" or something along those lines.

I've always loved that quote.
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