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President Obama is under fire for misspelling the word “Respect” during a speech for the White House’s celebration of Women of Soul on Thursday night.
The President left out the first “e” when he talked to the crowd about Aretha Franklin’s iconic song of the same name.
“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 anyone who felt marginalized,” he said, the Daily News reports.
Franklin was present for his speech during the mistake. The “Queen of Soul” attended the event with other trailblazers such as Patti LaBelle. Many other powerful women singers were there as well, including Ariana Grande, Melissa Etheridge, Jill Scott, Janelle Monae and the most recent winner of NBC’s The Voice, Tessanne Chin.
The event celebrated the music that has “shaped our American story,” according to President Obama.
CNN reports the Women of Soul event was part of the "In Performance at the White House" series, which honored music greats such as Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach and Hal David.
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