Aretha Franklin says Obama knows 'R-E-S-P-E-C-T'

Aretha Franklin says Obama knows 'R-E-S-P-E-C-T'

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Singer Aretha Franklin arrives for an event in the East Room of the White House December 2, 2012 in Washington, DC. US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attended the event at the White House with the 2012 Kennedy Center Honorees to celebrate their contribution to the arts before heading to the Kennedy Center for the honors program.

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by Associated Press

khou.com

Posted on March 10, 2014 at 3:42 PM

NEW YORK -- Aretha Franklin has much R-E-S-P-E-C-T for President Barack Obama - regardless of his spelling skills.

At a White House concert last Thursday, Obama dropped the initial "E'' when trying to spell out "respect" as the queen of soul does in her famous song.

"I'm sure the President had much on his agenda and was just a little tired," the 71-year-old singer said in a statement Monday.

The concert included Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Melissa Etheridge, Janelle Monae, Ariana Grande and Jill Scott.

Franklin says no offense was taken.

"The President and I are mutual when it comes to R-E-S-P-E-C-T," she said.

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