March 7, 2014


Barack Obama Misspells "Respect" Introducing Aretha Franklin

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Barack Obama had, well, an unfortunate slip-up at Thursday night's Women of Soul event at the White House, where he misspelled the word "respect" while introducing Aretha Franklin.

"When Aretha first told us what R-S-P-E-C-T meant to her..." he said, before the crowd broke up in laughter. Obama paused and smirked, acknowledging his gaffe. "She had no idea it would become a rallying cry for African Americans and women and anyone else who felt marginalized because of what they looked like, who they loved," he explained. "They wanted some respect."

His remarks were poignant and thoughtful, but we'll all only remember him stumbling while attempting to quote Franklin's biggest ever hit. So go the ups and downs of being president.