DemDaily: A Little Respect
August 31, 2018
In 1992, at a Democratic Party event, I saw Aretha Franklin perform.
In the Grand Ballroom of the Washington Hilton, supporters and staff crowded the four-foot stage -- in total abandonment of all formality or urge to suppress their inner-rhythm -- as the Queen of Soul belted out one hit after another.
The dinner tables behind them, and the memory of that evening's speeches were all lost in the minds of those present, as we were glued to the electricity of her performance and the seemingly amazing moves of our own bodies.Then, as the audience went wild around me, she looked straight into my eyes and let loose with the sensational sound of R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
The adoration of the crowd was worthy of a President (no disrespect to Aretha), but the kind of inspiration we don't see or feel much of these days.
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