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Aretha Franklin and US presidents

Updated 3:58 PM ET, Thu August 16, 2018
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Legendary singer Aretha Franklin and future president, Donald Trump, attend the grand opening of the Trump International Hotel and Tower on May 19, 1997 in New York City. Ron Galella/WireImage/Getty Images
Franklin performs at the inauguration ceremony for President Barack Obama on January 20, 2009. Elise Amendola/AP
President Bush presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Aretha Franklin on November 9, 2005. The award is the nation's highest civilian honor, and recognizes exceptional meritorious service. EVAN VUCCI/AP
Franklin is applauded by fellow Kennedy Center Honors Awards honorees, as well as former first lady Hillary Clinton and US President Bill Clinton on December 4, 1994. Mark Reinstein/Corbis/Getty Images
Former President George H.W. Bush congratulates Franklin after she was awarded an honorary doctorate at Harvard University commencement on May 29, 2014. Rick Friedman/Corbis/Getty Images
Franklin performs at the Inaugural Gala for President Jimmy Carter on January 20, 1977. Ron Galella/WireImage/Getty Images