President Obama Misspells “Respect” During Women Of Soul Concert

The president awkwardly bungled the title of the Aretha Franklin hit while hosting the Women of Soul concert series at the White House, drawing laughter.

“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.

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