The Obamas’ Aretha Franklin tribute is an elegant reminder of how she united us

Aretha Franklin was a frequent voice at the ObamasWhite House. “She helped us feel more hopeful, more human.”

Barack and Michelle Obama have always had a special relationship with Aretha Franklin, who died at age 76 on Thursday at her home in Detroit. The former president and first lady have been selective in the public statements they’ve made since leaving the White House, but after the news of Franklin’s death, they issued a deeply heartfelt letter of remembrance to the media.

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