DETROIT (AP) – Aretha Franklin did more than sing “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” at President Barack Obama’s inauguration. She also came bearing gifts.
Her spokeswoman, Gwendolyn Quinn, says Franklin gave Obama a collection of 17 sermons by her late father, prominent Detroit minister the Rev. C.L. Franklin.
Quinn says the 66-year-old singer also gave Obama a biography of her father and a Bible “engraved with a personal message.”
Franklin gave first lady Michelle Obama a gold brooch with diamonds. Franklin’s 15-year-old grandson, Jordan Franklin, gave Obama daughters Malia and Sasha a collection of gospel/Christian hip-hop music.