On Facebook, the former president commemorated Franklin’s life and legacy, issuing the following statement: “Aretha may have passed on to a better place, but the gift of her music remains to inspire us all. May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace. Michelle and I send our prayers and warmest sympathies to her family and all those moved by her song.”
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Mrs. O took to Twitter to share her reaction to Franklin’s death, writing, “@BarackObama and I are holding Aretha’s family in our hearts right now. She will forever be our Queen of Soul.”
Watching Aretha Franklin perform at the White House, and on so many other occasions, made time stand still. @BarackObama and I are holding Aretha’s family in our hearts right now. She will forever be our Queen of Soul. pic.twitter.com/NhHsbKijpl
Michelle Obama’s reflection on Franklin’s standstill moment reminds us of the time she brought Barack Obama to tears at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors. You can watch the tender moment in full below, where the Queen of Soul delivered a powerhouse performance of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”