The President and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted "In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul" on Thursday, an event that honored Aretha Franklin, Melissa Etheridge and Patti LaBelle, among others.
Obama lauded Franklin's 1967 hit song "Respect" as a "rallying cry for African-Americans, women, and...everyone who felt marginalized," but misspelled the song as "R-S-P-E-C-T" in his reference.
The incident occurs after 3:25 in the video.
The President realized his mistake as the audience burst into laughter, but continued with the tribute as planned.
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