The Front Porch : The Butler Did It

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    In honor of my uncle, William O. Stephenson, who faithfully served as one of the illustrious White House butlers for many years and directly reported to Eugene Allen, whose life was depicted in the movie “The Butler”
    The Butler Did It

    Devoted to the White House; worked behind the scenes
    Shoes were spit shine polished; tailored suits dry cleaned
    Stood in full formation like freshly trained Marines
    With rhythmic perfection and synchronized routines

    Like handpicked fresh fruit; they were White House staff
    Served each of the Presidents, was their chosen path
    West wing to the east wing, they each honed their craft
    Received the boss’s praises or his unbridled wrath

    Traveled to the District from the Jim Crow South
    Often disrespected; yet they opened not their mouth
    Put in grueling hours; slacking off was not allowed
    Often dreamt of equality and an equal pay amount

    Frowned on by their own kind as fancy dressed misfits
    Labeled as an Uncle Tom or well-groomed steppin fetchit
    May have been relegated to the pantry down below
    Despite what others said, they were not “house Negros”

    From sun up to sun down; they served the families well
    Listening for their summons by the ringing of the bell
    Maneuvering in private quarters on the second floor
    Humbled and unassuming and oftentimes ignored

    Every term of office, they made their presence known
    Accolades from leaders and congratulations shown
    An elite group of butlers, with honor they did serve
    Earned a place in history, a place they all deserved

    September 30, 2013-copyrighted
     
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    Thanks James for rolling out the welcome mat.
     
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    Welcome and thanks for sharing this with us. Its nice to hear from one so close to "The Butler" !!!
     
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    Thank you. Yes, my uncle served for many, many years. I believe he was there at least from Carter to Clinton.
     
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    Hope I'm not tardy to the party, but a big welcome to Destee.com, My Inner Most Thoughts, its a plum pleasing pleasure having you here with us, please enjoy your stay, and don't ever go away:)
     
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    Thanks so much Clyde. I'm sure I'll enjoy my stay. I look forward to reading your work.
     
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    Well, thank you, very much, don't make me :blush: but if there is anything I can help you with, just say it ... And your work is simply beautiful, My Inner Most Thoughts.

    We did a Thread on the movie, here it is, enjoy:


    Lee Daniels, The Butler
    Discussion in 'Black Entertainment' started by Enki, Aug 17, 2013.

    http://destee.com/index.php?threads/lee-daniels-the-butler.77433/
     
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