Aretha Franklin on Obama's spelling flub: U.S. president was 'just a little tired'
Aretha Franklin performs during McDonald's Gospelfest 2013 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., in this May 11, 2013 file photo. (AP / Charles Sykes)
The Associated Press
Published Monday, March 10, 2014 12:01PM EDT
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 offence was taken.
"The President and I are mutual when it comes to R-E-S-P-E-C-T," she said.