by Charles C. W. Cooke

I’ve been away, so I’m just catching up with Obama’s latest adventure into language:

Mr. Obama paid tribute to Franklin for turning her signature song “Respect” into “a rallying cry for African-Americans, women and then everyone who felt marginalized.”

The pumped-up audience gave a hearty laugh but was more than willing to forgive the president for spelling it “R-S-P-E-C-T.”

In addressing the crowd, Mr. Obama said, “When Aretha first told us what R-S-P-E-C-T meant to her…”

This reminded me, of course, of this scene from Ali G Indahouse:

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