Welcome to Week 3 of the Online Book Club!
How is this book coming along for you this month? If you are just joining us, we’re reading The Butler: A Witness to History by Wil Haygood. If you’re reading or watching along with us this month, make sure to check back every week to read the new blog entry.
Since this book is a little different than ones we have read before, our blog posts are going to look a little different this month. Last week, we talked about Eugene Allen as a person, and this week, instead of talking about the movie version of Allen’s life, I thought we could watch a few video clips that show Eugene Allen talking about his life.
Eugene Allen worked under eight different presidents. I’m sure it was really interesting to work with so many powerful and influential men, but, I’m also sure that it was hard to get used to the quirks and differences of each president.
In an interview series presented by Smithsonian Folklife, Allen talks about working with President Carter. Check out the video if you’re interested to hear Allen talk about his experiences.
In this second clip, Allen talks about Nancy Reagan and attending the White House state dinner.
After watching the video clips, what are your impressions? Did watching Allen talk about his life affirm your impressions of him after reading the book, or did he seem different than you imagined? Finally, do you think you’d like to work in the White House? Can you imagine having to get along with all of the different personalities you’d encounter there?
I hope to hear your thoughts in the comments section! I’ll look forward to hearing from you next week as we talk about the movie, The Butler .