President Obama may have misspelled R-E-S-P-E-C-T, but Aretha Franklin says no offense was taken.
The POTUS paid tribute to the Queen of Soul during the White House’s Women of Soul event last week. The concert made headlines but not for the reason Mr. Obama wanted — he dropped the initial “E” when spelling out the title to Ms. Franklin’s timeless hit. Fortunately, the “Respect” singer said it was no big deal.
“I’m sure the President had much on his agenda and was just a little tired,” Franklin told E! News. “However, spelling and giving it, is a huge difference.”
During his speech, Obama called the song “a rallying cry for African Americans, women and anyone else who felt marginalized because of what they looked like, who they loved.”
“The President and I are mutual when it comes to R-E-S-P-E-C-T,” the 71-year-old living legend added.
The “Women of Soul” concert also included amazing performances by Patti LaBelle, Melissa Etheridge, Janelle Monae, Ariana Grande and Jill Scott. If you missed it, no worries. The star-studded event will air on PBS stations nationwide on April 7 at 9:00 PM EST (check local listings).