President Obama misspells ‘Respect’ during Aretha Franklin tribute
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama accidentally misspelled “respect” at an event honoring music legend Aretha Franklin on Thursday at the White House.
“When Aretha (Franklin) first told us what R-S-P-E-C-T meant to her, she had no idea it would become a rallying cry for African Americans, and women, and then everyone who felt marginalized because of what they looked like or who they loved. They wanted some respect,” Obama said.
The audience gave a laugh and was more than willing to forgive the president.
The concert event featured an array of soul singers including Franklin and Patti LaBelle to 20-year-old Ariana Grande.