Oops: Obama Misspells Aretha's 'R-E-S-P-E-C-T'
Franklin performs at 'Women of Soul' White House event
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2014 10:43 AM CST
President Barack Obama kisses Aretha Franklin after she sang during the dedication ceremony for the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, on the National Mall in Washington.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – President Obama botched a very popular song lyric—and one that's pretty easy to remember if you know how to spell—last night at the White House's "Women of Soul" performance, the AP reports. "When Aretha [Franklin] first told us what R-S-P-E-C-T meant to her," he said at one point, before being interrupted by laughter from the crowd. He continued after a pause, according to CBS News: "...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." Franklin performed at the show, as well as others including Patti LaBelle and Ariana Grande. The concert will air on PBS on April 7.

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Mar 11, 2014 10:17 AM CDT
It wasn't on teleprompter so what do you expect? I dispute that this guy is the smartest guy ever to hold the office not by a long shot. He's a puppet having his strings pull by the likes of Valerie Garret and Soros. BTW did you know Valerie G was born in Iran no wonder he is so soft on Iran.
Mar 10, 2014 7:53 AM CDT
The Fake News Media and hollywood elected their prince, I have NO RESPECT for him.
Mar 10, 2014 1:00 AM CDT
Dang! Can this guy get any stoopuder?