"In Her Voice We Could Feel Our History": Trump, Obama, Clinton And More React To News Of Aretha Franklin's Death
August 17, 2018 12:48 By Fabiosa
In the wake of Aretha Franklin's passing on Thursday after a long battle with cancer, people have been paying their respects to the Queen of Soul.
Trump on Aretha Franklin
Among her well wishers, political leaders in the U.S. have taken to their social media pages to share their memories of the late singer who died at 76 in her Detroit home.
The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is dead. She was a great woman, with a wonderful gift from God, her voice. She will be missed!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2018
Prominently, the President of the United States paid tribute in a tweet where he extolled her singing prowess and duly noted that she will be missed.
Words from Obama, Clinton and more
Like Trump, former president Barack Obama who shared a bond with Aretha Franklin paid his respect in words and pictures. Notably, he shared a timely, emotion-filled shot of her performance at his inauguration in 2009.
Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace. pic.twitter.com/bfASqKlLc5— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 16, 2018
Tweets also came from Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama and Joe Biden among a sea of other prominent voices.
Mourning the loss today of @ArethaFranklin who shared her spirit and talent with the world. She deserves not only our RESPECT but also our lasting gratitude for opening our eyes, ears and hearts. Rest in eternal peace, my friend.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 16, 2018
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 (@MichelleObama) August 16, 2018
Aretha Franklin was so much more than a great entertainer. She inspired. She gave hope. She was part of the soul of the civil rights movement. We won't see her like again.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 16, 2018
Aretha Franklin truly will be missed.