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August 15th, 2013
06:33 PM ET

Memories of White House butler who served for 34 years

How often can you say, 'He served in the White House for 34 years?' No president can ever say that. But the late Eugene Allen could.

Allen served eight presidents and bore witness to some of the most powerful figures and tumultuous times in U.S. history - often while wearing a tuxedo!

He mixed and mingled with legends. And he's about to become a legend himself. Allen's unique and fascinating life inspired the movie "The Butler."

It hits the box office this weekend and has "Oscar-nominations" written all over it, which is no surprise given the powerful story.

Long after he retired, Allen and his wife got the chance to vote for an African American president. But she died the day before the 2008 election. And he voted alone.

CNN White House correspondent Dan Lothian visited Allen's son to learn more about this quiet man whose story is finally being told.

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