March 7th, 2014
08:17 AM ET
6 months ago

Obama tries to show some R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Washington (CNN) - President Obama celebrated the music that shaped "our American story" with some of the biggest female music legends Thursday night at the White House but came up a little lacking when he tried to show his R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

The White House welcomed the performances by American musical icons Aretha Franklin, Melissa Etheridge, and Patti Labelle as well as contemporary female artists Ariana Grande, Janelle Monae, and Jill Scott.


While the President was paying tribute to Aretha Franklin, he had a hard time with the spelling of a word famously spelled out in one of her best known songs.

"When Aretha 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," Obama said to chuckles from the audience.

The spelling error did not bring down the energy of the night as Patti LaBelle kicked off the performances with "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," bringing the President and First Lady to their feet.

The "Women of Soul" event was part of the "In Performance at the White House" series that has honored the likes of Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

Let's just hope that if the President ever welcomes the Village People that he practices his Y-M-C-A.


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soundoff (313 Responses)
  1. Ricky Vee

    Man, listen to all the libs cover for their messiah. When Dan Quayle did this the libs went INSANE! But that's what liberals live for, hypocrisy and double standards..

    March 7, 2014 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. Luke

    big deal, I thought it was respct , I actually didn't thinkl it meant respect. ca;lm down it happens.

    March 7, 2014 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. Paul Cooper

    The world is on the brink of war, the economy is still in the dumps, millions of people are out of work, and Obama is playing Arsenio Hall.

    Classic.

    March 7, 2014 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. tarura

    Another one, spelled correctly

    S-U-C-K-C-E-S-S - that is the state of the economy

    March 7, 2014 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  5. Teager Smith

    Did anyone else notice the spelling in the URL for this page? It's like there's nothing more important to talk about.

    March 7, 2014 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. Human

    Cmon.. I for one am glad he's human. When you are on camera and mic 24×7... youre bound to make a human error. Hec I can't get one blog response out without a typo. Give the guy a break.....

    March 7, 2014 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  7. robert dieder

    The result of Common Core english lessons.

    March 7, 2014 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. Dave

    It would seem he's as good at spelling as he is with the law. I've heard Harvard wants their law degree back.

    March 7, 2014 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. Ace

    Thanks for throwing GOP a bone, they are still smarting from the jobs report

    March 7, 2014 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. john

    The man is an idiot and yet so many love to claim how very intelligent he is. Ever wonder why his trasnscript from college have never been released? The man is all mouth and without a teleprompter is a complete fool. Add to that the man lies at the drop of a hat.

    March 7, 2014 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  11. JIm

    Most here do not know how to spell CNN.

    March 7, 2014 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. CARLinAC

    And. This will be the very last we ever hear about this. Poor Dan Quayle, man. Not a guy I'd vote for, but recipient of the longest, hardest shaft the press ever wielded.

    March 7, 2014 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Ricky Vee

    Man, listen to all the libs cover for their messiah. When Dan Quayle did this the libs went INSANE! But that's what liberals live for, hypocrisy and double standards..
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    Dan Quayle called himself admonishing and correcting a schoolkid, probably a 5th grader, on how to spell a word when the kid had spelled it correctly. Big difference. Pres. Obama made mistake, but Quayle really stepped off into it.

    March 7, 2014 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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