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Aretha Franklin says Obama knows 'R-E-S-P-E-C-T'

Monday - 3/10/2014, 9:08pm  ET

FILE - This March 6, 2014 file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking during the "In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul" in the East Room of the White House in Washington, hosted by President Barack Obama, and first lady Michelle Obama. The program include performances by Patti LaBelle, Tessanne Chin, Melissa Etheridge, Aretha Franklin, Ariana Grande, Janelle Monáe and Jill Scott. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

NEW YORK (AP) -- 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 offense was taken.

"The President and I are mutual when it comes to R-E-S-P-E-C-T," she said.


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