President Obama spoke to a very receptive audience at the event “In Performance at the White House — Women of Soul” on Thursday night, but misspelled “respect” while honoring Aretha Franklin.
“When Aretha first told us what R-S-P-E-C-T meant to her,” Obama said to the general laughter of the audience, “she had no idea it would become a rallying cry for African-Americans and women and then everyone who felt marginalized because of what they look like and who they love.”
CNN was quick to cover for Obama’s misspelling. Ashley Banfield said Obama just “wanted to throw us all, see if we were actually all paying attention.”
John Berman then said, “I get hot flashes whenever people spell on TV because I can’t spell. I would misspell ‘respect,’ so I have sympathy for him.”
Berman asked if people would “be making a bigger deal out of this than we are,” if it were, say, Dan Quayle who misspelled a word. “Is this liberal media bias?” he said. Maybe. Imagine if Bush couldn’t spelled “respect” correctly at a “Women of Soul” event . . .