O-O-P-S. President Barack Obama had a spelling blunder Thursday while praising Aretha Franklin.
Obama misspelled “respect” while lauding the “Queen of Soul” before a White House concert featuring several musical legends.
“When Aretha first told us what R-S-P-E-C-T meant to her,” Obama said, before the audience in the East Room erupted into laughter. He then continued, “”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.”
Unless you’re a member of the GOP, Wiki:
His most famous blunder occurred when he altered 12-year old student William Figueroa’s correct spelling of “potato” to “potatoe” at the Muñoz Rivera Elementary School spelling bee in Trenton, New Jersey, on June 15, 1992. Quayle was widely lambasted for his error. According to the New York Times and his memoirs, he was relying on cards provided by the school, which Quayle claims included the misspelling. Quayle said he was uncomfortable with the version he gave, but did so because he decided to trust the school’s incorrect written materials instead of his own judgment.
Thus Quayle became the butt of countless jokes, fixing his reputation as a pretty dunce. That Quayle was not stupid did not matter.
President Ford, a former star college football player, stumbled coming down airplane steps. Comedian Chevy Chase mocked him as a klutz and the image stuck.
Does Obama “blunder?”
- Marine corpsmen pronounced like corpse? Twice, in different speeches?
- 57 states?
- The Miami Heats?
- Referring to Auschwitz as a “Polish death camp?”
- Calling the British embassy the English embassy?
- Saying that Austrians speak Austrian?
- Claiming he awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor to a survivor?