The White House Butler

The Washington Post runs a powerful, tear-inducing story about Eugene Allen, butler at the White House for 34 years:

In its long history, the White House -- just note the name -- has had a complex and vexing relationship with black Americans.

"The history is not so uneven at the lower level, in the kitchen," says Ted Sorensen, who served as counselor to President Kennedy. "In the kitchen, the folks have always been black. Even the folks at the door -- black."

Must-see: the slideshow, narrated by Eugene Allen, himself. Damn, what a week.

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