At a White House reception and performance Thursday honoring the “Women of Soul,” President Barack Obama paid special tribute to Aretha Franklin’s iconic song, “Respect,” but unlike Franklin, he had trouble spelling it.
ABC News White House producer Mary Bruce first took note and tweeted:
Honoring the women of soul at the White House tonight, POTUS accidentally misspelled “R-S-P-E-C-T”
— Mary Bruce (@marykbruce) March 7, 2014
Accidentally? He appeared to be staring directly at the teleprompter when he spelled it. Here’s the video of the president’s remarks from the evening via the White House. He makes his flub at about the 3:23 mark.
The moment reminded ABC White House correspondent Jonathan Karl of then-Vice President Dan Quayle’s own spelling misadventure. He retweeted his colleague with one addition:
Potatoe! RT @marykbruce: Honoring the women of soul at the White House tonight, POTUS accidentally misspelled “R-S-P-E-C-T”
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) March 7, 2014
Someone else blamed the whole thing on the “teleprompter of the United States”:
#TOTUS disRSPECTs #POTUS http://t.co/nOrcddmB35 #rspect
— John J. (@jabster42) March 7, 2014
But another user noted this wasn’t the president’s first gaffe:
57 states, corpse-man, Oiho… “@whpresscorps: Oops – Obama Shares His ‘R-S-P-E-C-T’ for the ‘Women of Soul’ http://t.co/K14od3YecE“
— Mr. Sunshine (@jackbrazen) March 7, 2014
And finally, another Twitter user decided to just go with it, and changed the lyrics of Franklin’s song to fit:
#RSPECT cuz that is how it’s spelled to me. ~Barack
— chellene (@chellene72) March 7, 2014
Read lots more tweets compiled by the Twitchy team, then check out “Police spokesman responds to Obama: The ‘true travesty is sitting in the White House’.”
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