Maybe he just had dust in his eye.
It’s far more likely, though, that R&B legend Aretha Franklin moved President Obama to tears with a rousing rendition of her 1968 hit “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” during the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors.
The POTUS, sitting beside an equally enraptured First Lady Michelle Obama, wiped a tear from his eye within the first minute of Franklin’s Carole King tribute, which was taped Dec. 6 in Washington, D.C., and aired Tuesday night on CBS.
Aretha Franklin moved President Obama to tears with her performance.
Franklin delivered most of her hit from behind the piano before taking center stage, bringing the audience to its feet as she stood during the crescendo and shed her floor-length fur coat.
Obama wasn’t the only one entranced by the 73-year-old Queen of Soul — “Jane the Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez, “How to Get Away with Murder” leading lady Viola Davis and King herself, the song’s co-writer, were all visibly moved. Many others sang along.
Franklin brought the audience to its feet as she stood and shed her floor-length fur coat.
Aside from Franklin, James Taylor, Sara Bareilles, Janelle Monae and Chilina Kennedy, star of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” paid tribute to the prolific songwriter’s career.
The awards ceremony also honored Broadway star Cicely Tyson, “Star Wars” creator George Lucas, conductor Seiji Ozawa and actress and singer Rita Moreno.