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.
Quayle tried to correct a student at a blackboard and the kid made the change to the already correct spelling
of a word just to be respectful to the VP. Obama messed up the lyrics to a song.
Obama spends most of his time, making himself into a celebrity, rather than in running the country. indeed, nothing happens in America, except what he personally approves of........right or wrong.......amd mostly WRONG!
@ Rick McDaniel: The President would be doing a great job if he was not surrounded by a congress filled with angry hate filled, do nothing, obstructionist right wingers. The right likes shut out and complain, but offer no real solutions. The hypocrisy of the right grows larger every day. It is getting to the point where it makes you wonder do they believe in democracy!
Why no mention of Tessanne Chin? CNN that was total disrespect!!!!!
This isnt news.
what a dumb story. How many times has CNN made errors in their reporting etc.Anything for a story and a negative Obama story seems to be all they have to keep interest in this site/network.
Of course, he knows how to spell "respect." It's the irony that he misspelled RESPECT, given he has so little of it for the constitution, the American people, the other side of the aisle. His unilateral actions, changing the law illegally, and weighing in on public events without full knowledge of them are just a few that make this ironic.
Hey he grew up as a rich kid and was given grades not worked for...
See what Texting and Twitter does to people. all these mis spellings are affecting our entire world.
He should have sung it. We all know he is a great singer and he would have nailed it. However, this was a slip of the tongue which everyone does and is not newsworthy when there are so many important things happening all over the world and in the economy.
There's a lot of things the President has done lately that upset me and have had major negative impacts on myself and my family's health and finances. Mistakenly leaving out an E in the song isn't one of them and seems to me much to do about nothing.
Well at least he's been to all "57" states, thinks Charleston and Savannah are on the Gulf Coast.!
Has Palin called for his impeachment for misspelling a word?
He also got the number of states wrong. How is this news?
Not a supporter of Quayle but potato was spelled potatoe throughout history until the 20th century. But the way potato is spelled, without the E, disrupts the pronunciation of the word. Either way, dumb on his part. Obama's was more funny. I mean, who doesn't have trouble spelling it correctly when trying to sing it.
CNN article writer uses "timing" when "time" should have been used.
"While the President was paying tribute to Aretha Franklin, he had a hard with the spelling of a word famously spelled out in one of her best known songs."
He had "a hard timing?" Irony, CNN. Irony.
Doesn't surprise me at all.
holy crap this is serious stuff, how could we ever trust him?
you idi0ts need to get a life
1) He wasn't singing. 2) people had a field day when a Republican Mis-speaks or Mispells a word. 3) I hope everyone realizes we are all people who make mistakes, which means politicians can make mistakes and it has nothing to do with their ability to lead or their intellect.
WooHoo!!! President Obama has presented the racist with another excuse to hate on him because of their racism.
Let's see how many times this is repeated by the liberal media in comparison to Dan Quale's spelling of potato.
He is just a total moron.
"While the President was paying tribute to Aretha Franklin, he had a hard timing with the spelling of a word famously spelled out in one of her best known songs."
Mr President - Don't go out without your teleprompter.