Franklin Gives Obama Father's Sermons
ARETHA FRANKLIN has gifted America's new President, BARACK OBAMA, with a bound collection of her civil rights leader father's most inspiring sermons.
The soul singer, who performed My Country 'Tis of Thee during Obama's inauguration on Tuesday (20Jan09), felt the President would enjoy reading through Rev. Dr. C.L. Franklin's greatest moments addressing his congregation at Detroit, Michigan's New Bethel Baptist Church.
Franklin has also given Obama an autographed copy of her father's biography, Singing in a Strange Land, and presented First Lady Michelle Obama a gold brooch with white diamonds.
And the First Couple's daughters Malia and Sasha weren't left out - the singer's teenage grandson, Jordan, gave the girls a collection of christian hip-hop music.