Aretha Franklin appeared on ‘Larry King Live’ last week after performing at ‘My Country ‘Tis of Thee’ at the inauguration on Tuesday. Asked if it was a tough song to sing, the Queen of Soul responded, “No, not at all, but (Tuesday) it was. Mainly because of the temperature outside. I don’t have to tell you, it was freezing, if you were there. Some singers it doesn’t bother, and others it does. I don’t care for it. It affected my voice.”
As for Aretha’s thoughts about Barack Obama being elected president, she said, “Oh boy, how do you put it into words? There’s a love affair going on with the country and Barack. I think it’s the age of Barack. People have just fallen head over heels in love with him. His ascent to the presidency was miraculous. But we have to remember that he’s not going to work miracles right off the top. It’s going to take time.”
Check out the entire transcript at CNN.com. Video of the performance at Turner.com has since been removed.