Obama’s Motown Mishap: Watch the POTUS’ Aretha Franklin ‘Respect’ Spelling Fail (Video)

The blooper took place at White House’s “Women of Soul” event on Thursday

Last Updated: August 4, 2014 @ 11:04 AM

President Barack Obama lost a little respect — or, “rspect” — from the Internet community, when he misspelled the title/chorus of classic Aretha Franklin song during a White House “Women of Soul” event on Thursday.

“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,” Obama read, stumbling over the spelling and omitting vowel No. 1.

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The crowd erupted in laughter at the mistake; Obama did not react at all. The President continued his remarks before introducing Patti LaBelle.

Also performing in the East Room on Thursday night: Ariana Grande, Melissa Etheridge, Janelle Monae and Jill Scott.

Watch the flub, which happens around the 3-minute, 25-second mark:


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