Aretha Franklin may spell out the word “Respect” several times throughout her synonymous song, but that doesn’t mean Harvard-educated President Obama knows how to spell it.
During a speech at the White House’s Women of Soul concert series, Obama missed a letter when spelling the word out loud, Entertainment Weekly notes.
Obama said: “When Aretha [Franklin] 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. They wanted some respect.”
Come on, Barry! Every 30-year-old woman worth her salt knows the “Respect” lyrics down pat after blaring it in her living room at least 14 dozen times with an accompanying glass of white wine, so you should learn it when introducing Aretha herself.
WATCH (starts at 3:23):