By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Mar 8, 2014
President Obama flubbed the spelling of Aretha Franklin's most iconic hit while introducing the singer at a White House event Thursday night.
The President and First Lady hosted a “Women of Soul” performance at the White House. As the President was introducing Franklin, he said, “When Aretha first told us what R-S-P-E-C-T meant to her . . ., “ leaving out the second letter.
According to CBS News, “He was interrupted by laughter, paused, then continued, ‘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. Later, when somebody asked her why it had such an impact, she said, “I guess everybody just wants a little respect.” Today, they still do.’”
The concert featured performances from Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Ariana Grande, Melissa Etheridge, Janelle Monae, Jill Scott and “The Voice” champ Tessanne Chin
The concert, which was was scheduled as part of Women's History Month, will be broadcast as "In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul" on April 7 on PBS.