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.
Slow news day, eh?
So Bush couldn't pronounce or find on a map any of the countries he wanted to invade and he was a "great leader" but in a live event he misses a letter and it's big news? WOW. 'Merica
Why is this a newsworthy story?
really? Is that all you've got? Bobo's right...
At least he didn't miss a letter writing it down.... or add one..... potato, potatoe, anyone?
You mean he is human? Nice of CNN not to let something so trivial go without making it a full page editorial.
Dominican mama 4 Obama
Fair is Fair
People died in Benghazi, but as Hillary so elegantly lectured us, let's just get over it.
You must've heard that lecture in your dreams because she never said that.
Furthermore she never even implied that.
Sometimes, Fair, it is almost as if you just can't help yourself.
You know something? You've stooped to a pretty low low. Not only did you pick out fake Fair's comment, you conciously changed the lowecase 'f' in the second "fair" to an uppercase 'F' to make it look like it came from me. So here's the post you took the quote from:
Fair is fair
When Quayle misspelled potato-e, the media heckled him for months. Jay Leno spent President Obama's entire first term doing Bush jokes. People died in Benghazi, but as Hillary so elegantly lectured us, let's just get over it. So don't expect anyone to take any pokes at King O about his gaff.
What compelled you to do that, I don't know... but I'm embarrassed for you.
Military personnel still dying everyday, healthcare tax, extends another recession, divides a country, never left his chair as he sent others in harms way to kill a terrorist who he would bow to had he met him, etc., etc., etc. Give him a break!
How refreshing to see a blunder exposed by a liberal! However, this will probably be the end of it and it will pass into the night. As it should. But if a conservative had made the same error, we'd be hearing about it for several more days. I have no doubts about that.
That's what happens when you're to busy talking ( and don't even believe your own BS) Hell, happens to all of us.
Raised by women, he has respect for them than you guys who think that women should be in the kitchen baking cookies, taking kids to practices while YOU MALE REPUBLICAN"TS are watching football and talking about aspirin between legs, vaginal ultrasound, and slut. Sending our troops to wrong destinations like Irak where we lost our braves is not an issue but spelling BEE 2014 is. Talking about Bengazi where Condi went to meet with gaddafi? And talking about Irak where Rumsfield enjoyed Saddam bedtime stories???
Maybe if he'd spelled it in Austrian.
Does any of the vast number of hateful one liners about Obama serve a purpose beyond bitterness? a simple spelling error and OMG!!! this man is an apocalypse waiting to happen. It's the same in every politics thread and in many that are not about politics at all. Countless ineffectual and impotent slander that never seeks to persuade others to a rational point or inform or add anything constructive at all really. While the man may have his faults he seems like a much better president than the last few, and the likes of Kerry or Romney or Hillary. Too bad he can not run again.
From the same person that brought us 57 States.
It was someone of the same race as Obama that came up with....
"Old MacDonald had a FARM, E-I-E-I-O"
Farm? Eieio? ehhh close enough, right ?
Of course he can't spell it, he doesn't have any or give any.
The smartest man in the world.....
This happens all the time due to the shortcuts our brains circuitry uses when pronouncing words. R as in ARE ends in a silent E sound. He simply unconsciously did what our brains do all the time when speaking and merged the E into the end of R and proceeded as if it were silent.
This is why in British English, Center is spelt Centre and so on.
Remember what a big deal it was when Dan Quayle put an "e" at the end of potato. The liberals didn't think it was a "slow newsday" then!
omg – Mr. B – cannot dis Ms. Lady Ree. Shameful :) we still love 'ya though
Democrats can be so sensitive to their guys messing up.
Wow, people are so partisan and touchy. Yeah President Obama screwed up spelling and it was stupid. Yes President Obama is generally a great speaker, but he is much less so "off teleprompter" (and unscripted), as the numerous YouTube videos show. YES, Bush and everyone else have also had embarrassing moments which were mentioned in the press. Fair game folks. Laugh it off and move on, but do not drink the cool aid so much so that you the President is infallible. Sorry to tell you that we all make mistakes and look stupid from time to time.
Why was it a news story when Dan Quail misspelled "potato" but Obama is praised for his stupidity?
He purposely spelled it that way because that is the way Aretha sang it. She said the E so fast that you could barely hear it i her song and and Obama was just trying to mimic her. I am soooooooooooooo sure he know how to spell RESPECT!
The world is on fire with this administration and he is entertaining "The ladies of soul". We are doomed..