Trump, Obama, Clinton react to Aretha Franklin's death

Angelo Anderson
August 17, 2018

Franklin was born in Memphis, Tenn. on March 25, 1942. However, during a press conference at the White House later in the day, he opened by saying "I want to begin today by expressing my condolences to the family of a person I knew well". "Our intention was to honor the icon using a secondary image of her performing with Patti LaBelle in the full screen graphic, but the image of Ms. Franklin was obscured in that process, which we deeply regret". Fans have been paying their respect by leaving balloons and flowers outside the church.

- In 1987, she became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Franklin performed at Obama's inauguration in 2009.

Also, Barack Obama on Thursday in a statement praised "Queen of Soul" for her "unmatched musicianship" which he said "helped define the American experience".

"Every time she sang, we were all graced with a glimpse of the divine", the Obamas said in a statement. "She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human". Her family made Detroit their home just a few short years later and she grew up singing in her dad's house of worship, New Bethel Baptist Church on Linwood.

- Clinton awarded Franklin the National Medal of Arts, while President George W. Bush awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honour, in 2005. She had battled health issues in recent years and in 2017 announced her retirement from touring.

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