US President Barack Obama said that Lee Daniel's film The Butler made him tear up.

The Butler is a film about a black White House butler who served seven US presidents.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Obama told radio host Tom Joyner, "I teared up thinking about not just the butlers who worked here in the White House, but an entire generation of people who were talented and skilled. But because of Jim Crow and because of discrimination, there was only so far they could go."

He continued, "And yet with dignity and tenacity, they got up and worked every single day and put up with a whole lot of mess because they hoped for something better for their kids."

The acting in the film particularly impressed the President, "I thought Forest Whitaker was wonderful and Oprah, my girl, she can act. She's just a wonderful actress, so I'm glad they did it."