Tom Hanks gifted White House reporters a top-notch coffee machine for an amazing reason
Although they might be getting a lot of flak from President Donald Trump and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, the White House press corps could soon be looking a bit more bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. In an act of political generosity, Tom Hanks sent a coffee machine to the press at the White House. While this isn’t the first time that Hanks has sent a coffee maker to White House reporters (he did so in 2004 and 2010), this time it seems particularly loaded due to President Trump’s attacks on the media.
Sheesh, as if Hanks wasn’t already the most-beloved actor in all of Hollywood.
But better than the swanky coffee maker — which People reported as looking like a Pasquini Espresso Machine (and they sell for $1,740 to $2,219, depending on the brand) — is the type writer-written message Hanks sent with it. It reads:
The letter features the Bill Mauldin drawing of weary WWII soldiers coming home that included the caption, “Fresh, spirited American troops, flushed with victory, are bringing in thousands of hungry, ragged, battle-weary prisoners.” It shows the realities of war versus what was presented in the press at the time.
Hanks then shared the drawing on his Twitter account after the press corps received his gift.
As for the coffee, NPR’s Tamara Keith also thanked Hanks by sharing a video of her espresso being made, courtesy of the fancy contraption.
And don’t worry, Keith’s video shows that Hanks’ letter with Mauldin’s drawing is hanging on the wall right by the machine as a reminder of the importance of truth in the press during this administration.