Click On Detroit reports:
President Donald Trump tweeted about the passing of Aretha Franklin on Thursday. Trump, joining the chorus of reaction and tributes around social media, said, “She was a great woman, with a wonderful gift from God.” The legendary soul singer met with, performed for and was honored by many of the presidents during her long career.
In 1977, Franklin performed at the inaugural gala for President Jimmy Carter. But that wouldn’t be her only time celebrating a president’s victory. Years later, she performed “I Dreamed a Dream” at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration.
One of her more notable inauguration performances, however, came in 2009 when she performed “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” at the inauguration ceremony for President Barack Obama.
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
Aretha Franklin was a towering icon for women’s rights and civil rights who will live on in our souls forever. Rest in peace. https://t.co/lR3syyTmbV
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) August 16, 2018
The heavenly choir just got more soulful.
May the ‘Queen of Soul’ Rest in Peace.
Awesome life. https://t.co/MC4lccjEe4
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) August 16, 2018
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
Our love & prayers are with the family & loved ones of the beloved Queen of Soul. From Dr. King’s funeral to President Obama’s inauguration, @ArethaFranklin touched the soul of our nation, and the world. Her loss will be deeply felt by all. pic.twitter.com/1j5N2uk5Lr
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) August 16, 2018