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Tom Hanks Gifts Coffee Maker To White House Reporters (Photos)

| by Denise Recalde

A-list movie star Tom Hanks showed off his "nice-guy" side by sending a pricey new espresso machine to the White House press corps on Mar. 2. It replaces another coffee maker he had gifted in 2010.

The celebrity sent over a stainless steel Pasquini coffee maker, which sells in retail stores for more than $2,200, to a surprised press corps covering the Trump administration, the Daily Mail reports.

The coffee machine was also delivered with a supply of Illy coffee pods and a typewritten note from the two-time Academy Award winner, which read: "Keep up the good fight for Truth, Justice, and the American Way. Especially for the Truth part. Tom Hanks." 

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Cartoonist Bill Mauldin, a Pulitzer Prize winner, illustrated the typewritten note, which has since been hung on the wall of the White House press room, The Boston Globe reports. 

According to The Guardian, the illustration features a caption that reads: "Fresh, spirited American troops, flushed with victory, are bringing in thousands of hungry, ragged, battle-weary prisoners."

Seasoned Reuters journalist Steve Holland shared pictures of the machine and note and thanked Hanks on the part of "the schlubs in the WH press room."

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The expensive gift is the third such time the Hollywood star made sure the White House press corps had access to good coffee.

In 2004, the "Sully" actor stopped by the White House press room and found that it didn't have a coffee maker, so he gave a new one away to the reporters covering former President George W. Bush's administration.

"I hope this machine will make the 24 hour cycle of news a bit more pleasant," Hanks stated at the time. 

When he returned to the White House in 2010 to attend a special screening of his HBO series "The Pacific," hosted by then-President Barack Obama and his wife, Hanks dropped by the press room to look at his gift. 

Back then, he feigned dismay at the dirty state of the machine, CNN then reported.

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

Before departing, the thespian, famed for his generosity, promised he'd send over a new model to the reporting press corps. 

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

A few days later, a new coffee machine was delivered to the room to take care of the coffee needs of reporters.  

Sources: Daily Mail, The Boston Globe, CNN, The Guardian / Photo credit: YouTube via Patheos, Steve Holland/Twitter via Daily Mail

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