Can you guess which hit song by a legend brought President Obama to tears?
Was it Eric Clapton’s Tears in Heaven? Sarah McLachlan’s beautiful song Angel? Or perhaps it could have been the national anthem that moved our fearless leader to tears.
Actually, it was Aretha Franklin’s soulful rendition of (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.
Via The Guardian:
Aretha is performing at the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, held on 6 December in Washington and broadcast on CBS on Tuesday night. It wasn’t even Aretha’s night. Oh no. This ceremony was to award, among others, Rita Moreno, George Lucas and Carole King. Then up steps Aretha to sing the King/Goffin/Wexler 1967 classic (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.
Look at King, open-mouthed in shock and awe (the right kind of shock and awe) – and this is before Aretha’s even opened hers. Everything about Aretha is astonishing – the range, depth, control in her voice, the phrasing, the passion, the playing, the floor-length fur, the sparkling clutch purse. The more Aretha sings, the harder it is to believe that King is not going to die and go to heaven. President Obama is wiping away tears before Aretha’s even done with the first verse. Aretha is 73, looks wonderful, and might just be singing better than ever.
You can see the performance below (it is pretty damn good) …
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We’re presenting that without comment, though we’ve done extensive research into what would cause a grown man to cry when hearing a song about being “a natural woman.” We believe these visual aids will help solve the mystery.
I think things just became a little clearer.
Don’t fret, we’re just kidding libs. He just makes it too easy sometimes!
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