Patti LaBelle (C) performs ‘Over the Rainbow’ during the event, ‘In Performance at the White House – Women of Soul’, on March 6, 2014 in the East Room of the White House in Washington DC.
*It wasn’t as horrific as John Travolta’s “Adele Nazeem” moment, but President Obama fumbled the spelling of Aretha Franklin’s signature song while saluting the Queen of Soul and other musical legends during a White House concert Thursday night.
“What a lineup!” Obama said to open the “Women of Soul” affair that included a generations-spanning array of soul singers that stretched from musical legends Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle to Jill Scott and Janelle Monae, to 20-year-old Ariana Grande.
Obama paid tribute to Franklin for turning her signature song “Respect” into “a rallying cry for African-Americans, women and then everyone who felt marginalized.”
According to the AP, the enthusiastic crowd fell out laughing, but was more than willing to forgive the president for spelling it “R-S-P-E-C-T.”
*(Via ABC News) – President Barack Obama sent Congress a $3.9 trillion budget Tuesday that would funnel money into road building, education and other economy-bolstering programs, handing Democrats a playbook for their election-year themes of creating jobs and narrowing the income gap between rich and poor.
The blueprint for fiscal 2015, which begins Oct. 1, is laden with populist proposals designed to fortify those goals. It includes new spending for pre-school education and job training, expanded tax credits for 13.5 million low-income workers without children and more than $1 trillion in higher taxes over the next decade, mostly for the wealthiest Americans and corporations.
“As a country, we’ve got to make a decision if we’re going to protect tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans or if we’re going to make smart investments necessary to create jobs and grow our economy and expand opportunity for every American,” Obama told students at an elementary school in the nation’s capital.
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Aretha Franklin performs during the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the Ellipse December 6, 2013 in Washington, DC.
*On Thursday (March 6) President and Mrs. Obama will host “Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House,” featuring Aretha Franklin, Ariana Grande, Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monáe, Jill Scott, Tessanne Chin and Melissa Etheridge with Greg Phillinganes as music director.
The concert aims to celebrate the great “foremothers” of American music, with songs expressing the struggles and achievements of women. It’ll take place in the East Room of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. and premiere Monday, April 7 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide. (Check local listings.)
On the morning of the concert taping, the White House will host “I’m Every Woman: The History of Women in Soul,” an educational workshop for 124 middle school, high school and college-level students from across the country, held in the State Dining Room.
(L-R) Marian Robinson, Malia Obama, Sasha Obama, First lady Michelle Obamaspeaks on stage during the final day of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 6, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
*The first lady, first daughters and first mother-In-law are all headed to China this month.
In an announcement Monday on the White House blog, Michelle Obama says a China visit is important because it is the most populous country in the world, with more than 1.3 billion people, and is an important world actor.
She’ll be accompanied by daughters, Malia and Sasha, and her mother, Marian Robinson, who lives at the White House. President Obama will not be on the trip; he is scheduled to depart the U.S. later that week for stops in the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and Saudi Arabia.
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the Democratic National Committee’s Winter Meeting at the Capitol Hilton February 28, 2014 in Washington, DC.
*President Barack Obama had to deal with a heckler during a speech Friday at, of all places, a meeting of the Democratic National Committee.
After slamming Republicans for getting “all stirred up” over his plan to unilaterally act to “help middle class families,” Obama was interrupted.
“Mr. Obama, tell us about your plan for nuclear war with Russia!” an unidentified man was heard yelling during the president’s speech.
*A photo of President Obama hugging his wife Michelle Obama is no longer the most retweeted pic in Tw’istory…thanks to Ellen DeGeneres.
During last night’s Academy Awards telecast, the host got Meryl Streep, then Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Lupita Nyong’o (and her ecstatic brother) to take a selfie in the aisle in an attempt to break Twitter’s retweet record.
Before Cooper pressed the button, Jared Leto, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Kevin Spacey had jumped in it.