Thursday, January 08, 2009
Obama will bring freedom to African slaves in the White House
"A colored can sure make a good cup of dark coffee".
Those were the first words Terrence Ordell heard from Lyndon Johnson on his first day in the White House in 1964. "I was a new servant in the kitchen," Ordell now 68 years old recalls. "They told me bring up coffee to them and told me to make sure it was dark".
Ordell has been serving America's white Presidents for nearly half a century now. This will be his last year. "They tell me we'll have freedom now and that Obama is going to change everything. I hope so".
Ordell's father, Ulysses Ordell labored at the White House for over 30 years before his death in 1971. "My father was never allowed to leave the White House during the day, only at night. He said the only President that was ever kind to him was FDR because he didn't call him "nigger" or "coon" like the other ones did".
What does freedom mean to Terrence Ordell? "I want to see my sister. I hear she has three children and is a grandma but I haven't been allowed to go see her since 1975."