I guess I was expecting a movie more about the butler actually in the White House. What I got was a movie about a drunk, philandering wife, a hateful, militant offspring, a perfect, obedient child, and a multi-decade story about how those other characters complicate the butler's life. The White House scenes are incidental and with few exceptions add nothing to the story. Even from a social commentary perspective, this movie fails to give any insight or impact to the events of the time. Not an enjoyable, educational, or enlightening movie. Don't let the hype fool you.
After watching "Lee Daniel's The Butler", I didn't feel good, I didn't feel bad, I just felt like I wanted my two hours and 15 minutes back. Enjoy at your own discretion, if you can.