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President Obama Forgets to Buy a Vowel

R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Take out a letter and what do you see?

Okay, that’s not how the song goes, but President Obama accidentally left out one of the letters in the iconic song when he was honoring Aretha Franklin at the White House on Thursday.

The president said, “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 anyone else who felt marginalized because of what they looked like, who they loved.” The audience laughed a bit after noticing Obama’s flub.

Whoops!

Watch the White House video below:

[h/t TIME]

[photo via screengrab]

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