In news that we simply can’t make up: Barack Obama mangles the spelling of “respect” while paying tribute to music legend, Aretha Franklin.
When it comes to spelling, we all make mistakes … But for President Obama, there is one mistake that should never be made, and that’s when referencing one of Aretha’s biggest hits.
“When Aretha first told us what R-S-P-E-C-T meant to her,” he said on Thursday night, when paying tribute to Franklin and a number of other artists during the Women of Soul tribute at the White House. “She had no idea it would become a rallying cry for African Americans and women and anyone else who felt marginalized because of what they looked like, who they loved. They wanted some respect.”
The President continued, “As someone who always shares this house with brilliant, creative, talented, somewhat stubborn women, I think Women’s History Month is the perfect time to honor a few more: the women of soul.”
Franklin, who performed “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)” and “Amazing Grace” during the soiree, was also joined by Melissa Etheridge, Ariana Grande, Janelle Monae and Patti LaBelle.
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