Bill Clinton gives tribute to Aretha Franklin, a woman with 'breathtaking talent'
Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN - President Bill Clinton paid tribute to the "Queen of Soul" Friday, remembering singer Aretha Franklin as a woman with courage and faith with a "breathtaking talent."
"She lived with courage, not without fear. But overcoming her fears. She lived with faith, not without failure, but overcoming her failures. She lived with power, not without weakness, but overcoming her weaknesses," Clinton said in his speech during Franklin's funeral Friday in Detroit. "I just loved her."
Clinton said he and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, started out as "not a President and a first lady, a senator, a secretary of state, we started out as like Aretha groupies or something."
Wrapping up his speech, Clinton broke out his iPhone and began playing Franklin's 1968 hit song "Think." Holding up his phone, Clinton said, "that's the best I can do."
Clinton was the only former president to attend Franklin's funeral, but letters written by Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush were read during the service. Franklin had performed at Clinton's first inauguration in 1993.
Franklin died earlier this month at age 76 from advanced pancreatic cancer.