We’re on Year 23 of laughing at Dan Quayle for tacking an “e” at the end of “potato” even though the classroom teacher had spelled it that way. But never mind the facts, we’ve got a Republican to laugh at. Meanwhile, the moron who pronounces “corpsman” as “corpseman” and is widely hailed in his own mind as the greatest thinker and orator of his generation can’t spell a simple word.
The White House stenographer appears to have given President Obama a little too much “respect.”
Introducing soul legend Aretha Franklin at a White House performance Thursday night, the president flubbed the spelling of her signature song.
“When Aretha first told us what R-S-P-E-C-T meant to her…” Obama said, prompting laughter from the crowd.
The president’s face betrayed that he had misspelled the anthem, but he did not stop to correct himself before adding that Franklin “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.
Why would the second coming of Einstein stop and acknowledge his blunder? That would show him to be a human being.
But anyone reading the official transcript of the event provided by the White House would have had no idea of the president’s mistake. In that version, the president correctly spells out the word.
“When Aretha first told us what “R.E.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,” the White House transcript reads.
It’s not the first time the official White House transcript has edited presidential misstatements. During the state visit of French President Francois Hollande last month, Obama referred to French political scientist Alexis de Tocqueville as “Alex.” But the White House transcript released shortly after used the Frenchman’s correct first name.
Was there a teleprompter to blame? Meanwhile, it was nice to see he got a night to relax before his upcoming vacation.
Revel in his idiocy: