Monday, June 17, 2024

The Obamas Show No RESPECT for Aretha Franklin on Their Summer Playlist, But They Do Like Beyonce, the Spinners, Donny Hathaway, Rolling Stones


I love Michelle and Barack Obama. But they’ve snubbed Aretha Franklin on their summer playlist. Now I’m afraid they are ineligible to get the hat she wore at the 2008 inauguration. Not smart, O’s.

Still, they have fine musical taste when it comes to other choices. They liked the Spinners, Dobie Gray, Stevie Wonder, the Black Keys, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Van Morrison. So that’s something. Their modern taste runs to “Senorita,” Beyonce, and Anthony Hamilton among others.

But they included R&B thief Robin Thicke while eschewing Aretha. For that, there is little forgiveness. How could they? And where is Sam and Dave’s “Soul Man,” which Michelle danced to on stage at the White House with Sam Moore?

Plus, in their hearts, the Obamas may be old white hippies. They included “Get Together” by Jesse Colin Young. Oy vey. Pass the Chardonnay.

And really, kids, if you wanted the hat, you should have showed some RESPECT for number 1.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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