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.”
First lady Michelle Obama speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 6, 2014, with singers, from second from left, Melissa Etheridge, Janelle Monáe, and Patti LaBelle, during a workshop for students as part of the “In Performance at the White House” series
*Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monae and Melissa Etheridge gave the White House a little taste of what’s to come at Thursday night’s “women of soul” concert showcasing musical legends and up-and-coming female artists.
At a morning workshop for high school and college students, first lady Michelle Obama called soul “the kind of music that makes you move, no matter who you are or where you come from.”
“Sometimes it makes your hips move,” she said. “Sometimes it makes you rock your head. Sometimes it helps you just kick back and relax and soak it in. But no matter what form it comes in, you know this music always comes straight from the heart.”
*First lady Michelle Obama praised award-winning performer Cicely Tyson Monday at a special White House screening of her latest work, “The Trip to Bountiful.”
The event was held in recognition of African-American history month, which FLOTUS said is about “honoring those who came before us” and “resolving to do our part to live up to that example.”
The Tony-Award winning play — originally created by playwright Horton Foote in 1953 — was revived on stage by Tyson and a stellar cast which drew massive crowds during the show’s run on Broadway and earned accolades for their distinguished work. Cable network Lifetime tapped Tyson and her stage co-stars Blair Underwood and Vanessa Williams for a film adaptation, to debut next month.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick claps while recognizing Harvard Police officers during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs between the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks on April 26, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts
*Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick cracked the door on Sunday to a potential White House run after the 2016 election, using a governors’ conference in Washington, D.C., to stir national buzz, the Boston Globe reports.
Asked in an interview with Politico whether he could envision himself running for national office, Patrick, who has ruled out vying for the 2016 nomination, replied, “Maybe. Maybe.”
“That’s a decision I have to make along with my wife of 30 years and she’s a tough one to convince,” Patrick told the publication.
*The last time Michelle Obama and Jimmy Fallon were together on his “Late Night” series, they entertained us with the “Evolution of Mom Dancing.” Last night, on her first visit to the “Tonight Show” under Fallon, she appeared with the host and fellow guest Will Farrell in one of Fallon’s most popular “Late Night” sketches, “Ew!”
The premise: Fallon is a pre-teen girl named Sara whose every other word is “ew” – as in “Ew, that’s gross.” She hosts a talk show in her basement where guests discuss things that may or may not warrant an “ew” reaction. Her guests last night were her friend Stacy (Farrell) and Michelle Obama. (Watch above.)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON — Episode 0004 — Pictured: (l-r) First Lady Michelle Obama during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on February 20, 2014
For her sit-down interview, the First Lady chatted about family life in the White House and promoted her Let’s Move initiative. She also put in a plug for her husband’s health care law. (Click through to watch.)
On the challenge of raising two young daughters, ages 12 and 15, in the rarified world of the White House, she laughed, “They want nothing to do with us.”