March 12th, 2010
12:04 PM ET
13 years ago

Hanks grinds press corps over coffee maker

Washington (CNN) - Executive producers Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg and their wives joined President Barack Obama and his family at the White House movie theater Thursday for a private screening of their new HBO series, "The Pacific."

But before returning to Hollywood, the Oscar-winning Hanks took time to come by the White House Briefing Room to check on his coffee maker.

Back in 2004, when Hanks was visiting the White House with his family over the Memorial Day weekend, he was surprised to find working journalists toiling without the aid of a simple coffee pot. He had an espresso machine delivered a short time later, and the machine has remained in service ever since, despite an extensive briefing room renovation and a brand new administration.

Hanks, who did most of the talking during his press room stop, seemed pleased his gift was still delivering the caffeinated goods. But he also expressed disdain at its condition and lack of upkeep.

"You know you are supposed to clean this after every use," Hanks joked. "You are supposed to wipe that off. Look at the buildup there!"

The Hollywood heavyweight promised fawning press gathered around him a speedy delivery on a brand new model.

"Let me see what I can do for the poor slobs of the fourth estate," he said.

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  1. mk

    I love Tom Hanks and I can't wait to watch the series on the war in the Pacific. My father was wounded in the pacific and his best friend was killed there. I thank Tom for making a film series about a forgotten part of our WWII history. He is truly a class act.

    March 11, 2010 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    In regard to the earlier CNN story about Tom Hanks' visit to the White House, I read a lot of anti-Hanks comments about him saying that our fight against the Japanese in World War II was racist.

    Boy, I wish people would actually do a little research before they post and not just parrot what they hear Fox and Limbaugh say!

    You're on the Internet; do a quick search and you'll see Tom Hanks' full quote and the context in which it's given.

    He talks about how during WWII, both sides were racist in that they regarded their enemy as "being subhuman dogs, from a civilization that didn't recognize the advancement of human kind."

    He also noted that Americans who once bitterly dismissed the Japanese as barbaric now accept them as friends and equals.

    He went on to note the parallels between that set of attitudes and the ones currently in play in regard to how the West and the Middle East view each other, and expressed that there's a possibility that 60 years from now, both sides of the current conflict will also be able to see each other in a more favorable light.

    I don't see anything anti-American in his statements; I see an astute observer of history who is expressing his hope that deeply-entrenched conflicts can resolve and people who were once enemies can change their attitudes towards one another.

    March 11, 2010 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  3. S Callahan

    lol Bravo to the journalist...maybe now you'll get weekly cleaning service to go with the coffee pot!

    March 11, 2010 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  4. m smith

    Mr Hanks and MR Spielberg are true patriots in spit of what the right would have you believe. The coffe maker was given to the Bush whitehouse. Can not believe the remarks made about their movie. The movie is a true story aout our military . What is wrong with you people. The comments made are an embarrasmnet to our country.

    March 11, 2010 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  5. Mr Joshua

    hanks, Great Actor, Don't care about his politics Which are wrong of course:)

    March 12, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |