Barack and Michelle Obama were, unfortunately, unable to attend Aretha Franklin’s service in person, but that does not mean they did not pay their respects. The former President and First Lady sent a very touching tribute letter that was read out loud by Rev. Al Sharpton.
‘From a very young age, Aretha rocked the world of anybody who’s had the pleasure of hearing her voice. Whether bringing people together through a breathtaking intersection of genres or advancing important causes through the power of a song, Aretha’s work reflected the best of our American story – in all of its hope and its heart, boldness and unmistakable beauty,’ the heartfelt message started.
It has to be mentioned that the Obamas and Franklin share a very deep connection as she was the one to perform My Country ’Tis of Thee at Barack’s presidential inauguration back in 2009.
Not only that, but while he was still in Office, the late songstress was invited to the White House multiple times.
The joint letter of Barack and Michelle continues: ‘In the example she set, both as an artist and a citizen, Aretha embodied those most revered virtues of forgiveness and reconciliation, while the music she made captured some of our deepest human desires: namely affection and respect.’
‘And through her voice, Aretha lifted those of millions, empowering and inspiring all the vulnerable, the downtrodden, and everybody who may have just needed a little love. Aretha was one of a kind. And as you pay tribute, know we will be saying a little prayer for you. And we will be thinking of all of Aretha’s loved ones in the days and weeks to come.’