Aretha Franklin Sings And Flirts Before Obama’s Labor Day Speech


Aretha Franklin has apparently rebounded completely from last December’s health scare (rumored to be pancreatic cancer) that led to surgery, not to mention death rumors on Twitter. Yesterday morning in Detroit she performed a four-song set—”I Came to Lift Him Up,” “Chain of Fools,” “Moody’s Mood For Love,” and “Respect”—prior to a Labor Day speech by President Barack Obama. Franklin riffed with the band and the crowd throughout, joking, during the last song, “Who do I respect? Well, let’s see. I sure like Denzel. He’s married though. I respect that.” She also shouted out Will Smith, local NAACP President Rev. Wendell Anthony, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and Rev. Jesse Jackson, and complemented Obama’s “fine, fine stroll,” remarking, “Nobody walks like the brothers.” Her reinvigorated performance is further indication that her hometown set at the DTE Energy Music Theater last month may not be her last headlining show.

Detroit’s WXYZ News has posted the whole performance on YouTube. Watch it below:

Aretha Franklin Performs at President Obama Event in Detroit [WXYZ News]

[Image: Getty Images]

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