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At the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors, Aretha Franklin's singing brought Barack Obama to tears, says Elle. A clip of the powerful moment went viral with more than 12.7 million views. Obama later told The New Yorker why he was so moved by Franklin's performance. He said she transformed "hardship and sorrow" into "something full of beauty and vitality and hope." Obama said the Queen of Soul's singing embodied what America stands for. Obama and Franklin had a longstanding friendship.