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WATCH: That Time Aretha Franklin Made Barack Obama Cry in DC

Her 2015 performance at the Kennedy Center is just as powerful today.

Aretha Franklin‘s death will hit a lot of music fans hard. So will rewatching this video from the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors, when the Queen of Soul performed Gerry Goffin and Carole King’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” The performance brought a tear to the eye of Barack Obama. And it’s just as powerful today.

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Andrew Beaujon joined Washingtonian in late 2014. He was previously with the Poynter Institute,, and Washington City Paper. His book A Bigger Field Awaits Us: The Scottish Soccer Team That Fought the Great War was published in 2018. He lives in Del Ray.