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Obama's Dan Quayle "Potatoe" Moment: Spells ‘R-S-P-E-C-T’ While Praising Franklin Before White House Concert

Posted by on Mar. 7, 2014 at 11:42 PM
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March 7, 2014 8:56 AMPresident Barack Obama delivers remarks while hosting the event,


President Barack Obama delivers remarks while hosting the event, “In Performance at the White House – Women of Soul,” on March 6, 2014 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. (credit: Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — O-O-P-S. President Barack Obama had a spelling blunder Thursday while praising Aretha Franklin.

Obama misspelled “respect” while lauding the “Queen of Soul” before a White House concert featuring several musical legends.

“When Aretha first told us what.... R-S-P-E-C-T meant to her,” Obama said, before the audience in the East Room erupted into laughter. He then continued, “”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. Later, when somebody asked her why it had such an impact, she said, ‘I guess everybody just wants a little respect.’ Today, they still do.”

It was a mutual admiration society of sorts as LaBelle thanked the Obamas for their tenure in the White House, declaring, “Baby, you got swag!”

First up in the East Room lineup was Patti LaBelle, with a thundering delivery of “Over the Rainbow” that had the audience on its feet.

Ariana Grande, the youngster in the group at 20, seemed in awe of her fellow performers and the august audience. Her lead-in: “What’s up? How are you? Good to see you. Thank you for having me.”

The emotional high point came when Franklin, 71, sauntered in, gave a shimmy and declared “Let’s have a party.” Then she went right into “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)” She was back later to close down the show with what Obama called “one more treat,” – a slow, soulful rendition of “Amazing Grace” that turned rowdy at the end.

But first, all the other ladies – including Melissa Etheridge, Janelle Monae, Jill Scott and Tessanne Chin – collaborated on a rollicking delivery of “Proud Mary.”

The concert was livestreamed at WhiteHouse.gov/live and will be broadcast as “In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul” on April 7 on PBS.

At a morning arts workshop for high school and college students, first lady Michelle Obama called soul “the kind of music that makes you move, no matter who you are or where you come from.”

LaBelle, Etheridge and Monae had plenty of stories and advice to share with the students, then got them whooping, hooting and swaying with a trio of songs in the intimate venue of the State Dining Room.

Michelle Obama quoted LaBelle as once saying that she had succeeded because she “took chances and sang my butt off.”

The first lady tried her own riff on that advice – then admitted she may have taken it a little too far.

“Find your own voice and be proud of it,” she said. “And then, sing your butt off. Or work your butt off. Or whatever you do, do it until your butt comes off. “

Then she added: “OK, that quote is going to be kind of funny in the papers. I already know it. My communications people are like, `What?’ But you guys all know what I meant – be good at what you do. “

The concert was scheduled as part of Women’s History Month.

Said the president: “As someone who always shares this house with brilliant, creative, talented, somewhat stubborn women, I think Women’s History Month is the perfect time to honor a few more: the women of soul.”


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rocketracer
by Gold Member on Mar. 8, 2014 at 7:49 AM
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His teleprompter probably had a hiccup...he sounded like a robot...

numbr1wmn
by Nikki on Mar. 8, 2014 at 8:45 AM
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LMAO

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 8, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Whenever he speaks off prompter, he sounds like a robot. And if he were at Toastmasters, he would get marked down for all the "uh's".

Quoting rocketracer:

His teleprompter probably had a hiccup...he sounded like a robot...


grandmab125
by Platinum Member on Mar. 8, 2014 at 10:19 PM
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 No surprise here.  I heard a little of Aretha singing Amazing Grace in the news clip.  Sorry, but I think she slaughtered it.  I hate it when people get all creative with a traditional song.....just like the way some skreech and drag out the Star Spangle Banner at ball games.  Sing it the way it was written.

Now here is the way it should be sung...

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 9, 2014 at 5:28 AM

Amen. And here's how the Star Spangled Banner should be sung.


AND, here's a cool version by a band called Madison Rising (named after James Madison). The members of this band all served in the military - and they want to be a patriotic band.

Quoting grandmab125:

 No surprise here.  I heard a little of Aretha singing Amazing Grace in the news clip.  Sorry, but I think she slaughtered it.  I hate it when people get all creative with a traditional song.....just like the way some skreech and drag out the Star Spangle Banner at ball games.  Sing it the way it was written.

Now here is the way it should be sung...


grandmab125
by Platinum Member on Mar. 9, 2014 at 2:12 PM

 Whitney Houston really nailed the SSB.  It is too bad she destroyed her fabulous God given talent with drugs.

I loved the  Madison video.  I think I could get used to their way of singing it. 

Quoting SallyMJ:

Amen. And here's how the Star Spangled Banner should be sung.

 

AND, here's a cool version by a band called Madison Rising (named after James Madison). The members of this band all served in the military - and they want to be a patriotic band.

Quoting grandmab125:

 No surprise here.  I heard a little of Aretha singing Amazing Grace in the news clip.  Sorry, but I think she slaughtered it.  I hate it when people get all creative with a traditional song.....just like the way some skreech and drag out the Star Spangle Banner at ball games.  Sing it the way it was written.

Now here is the way it should be sung...

 

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