Obama Has Nothing But R-E-S-P-E-C-T For Women of Soul
In celebration of Women’s History Month, President Barack Obama turned up at the White House with a tribute to Women of Soul on Thursday night.
“What a lineup!” Obama declared at the start of a concert that featured a generations-spanning array of soul singers that stretched from musical legends Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle to 20-year-old Ariana Grande.
Obama paid tribute to Franklin for her signature song “Respect”, but he made audiences laugh when he misspelled it as, “R-S-P-E-C-T.”
The audience jumped to their feet during Patti Labelle’s performance of “Over the Rainbow”. However, the dance floor heated up with Aretha Franklin, 71, who shouted, “Let’s have a party,” and went right into “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You).”
Melissa Etheridge, Janelle Monae, Jill Scott and Tessanne Chin took the stage together to perform a rollicking delivery of “Proud Mary.
“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,” said President Obama.
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.
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