This video of Aretha Franklin, the Obamas and Carole King is America at its finest

Aretha Franklin, RIP

I’m not an overly sentimental person, but this made me tear up a little.

A great American artist.

A great American singer-songwriter.

A great American president and first lady.

And they all come together in a mutual show of love and respect.

It’s a poignant reminder of what we’ve lost, but more importantly, it’s a reminder that greatness is always within our grasp — and that history teeters on a knife edge, with fear on one side and hope on the other.

God bless America. God bless Aretha Franklin.

Rest in peace, Queen of Soul.