White House Transcript Scrubs Obama's 'R.S.P.E.C.T' Gaffe
3.7.2014 Paul Bois
On Thursday, while introducing music icon Aretha Franklin for a performance at the White House, President Obama botched the lyrics to the world famous song "R.E.S.P.E.C.T," saying "R.S.P.E.C.T." instead. Now the White House has released transcripts saying he got it right. The original statement was this: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 everyone who felt marginalized because of what they looked like or who they loved. They wanted some respect. Later, when somebody asked her why it had such an impact, she said, 'I guess everybody just wants a little respect.' Today, they still do.
Despite the laughter from the crowd and the clear look of discomfort on Obama's face, he did not correct his flub. However, Friday morning, the White House attempted to cover-up Obama's gaffe by releasing a different transcripts that spell "R.E.S.P.E.C.T." correctly.
The Obama admin has done this before. When French President Francois Hollande visited the White House, Obama wrongly referred to famed political philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville as "Alex." The White House transcript scrubbed that boo-boo as well.