Obama’s R-S-P-E-C-T flub is getting a little D-I-S respect this week after the president misspelled Franklin’s 1967 iconic song as he introduced the Queen of Soul at the White House's celebration of “Women of Soul” Thursday night.
Can someone buy Obama a vowel please? TMZ on Friday said the president "got a pass that George W – the Bush famous for malapropisms – would never have gotten."
“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 and then anyone who felt marginalized,” Obama said in praise of the diva.
Obama paused, White House guests chuckled a bit, and then the president plowed on.
Perhaps Obama was a little nervous about being in the presence of a musical legend. I know I surely would be, although I would also make quite certain that I didn’t misspell her trademark hit, even if I had to sing it.
President Obama can take solace in another alpha male’s recent flub – that being John Travolta’s Oscar blunder.
Quite a bit of hubbub was made over John Travolta’s name gaffe at the Academy Awards last Sunday. Does he or does he not suffer from dyslexia? Is Travolta seeking assistance with his ailment from Scientologists?
Travolta introduced Broadway star and “Glee” actress Idina Menzel by mauling her name and calling her “Adele Dazeem.” Not even close Mr. Travolta.
Which led to this: