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Gladys Knight says 'social things' from 1960s holding Obama back

(Gladys Knight, Empress of Soul, performs at the Global Down Syndrome Foundation's 2011 Gala & Fashion Show on Nov. 16, 2011, in Washington, D.C. Photo credit: Riccardo Savi)

Gladys Knight no longer performs with the Pips. But when she was in Washington, D.C, on Wednesday we asked if she had the choice to pick one Republican presidential candidate to be her new pip, which would it be? "None of them. None of them," she told THE BLAZE.

She'd most like to have President Obama as a Pip, she said, "because he embodies the dignity, the character and all that I think we all should be about. He's for every man."

Then, to some uncomfortable laughter from those around us, she implied Obama is having a tough time doing "what he wants to do" because of racism from his political opposition:

"There's a governing body up there. And sometimes he can't do what he wants to do. His hands are tied. And when we get those little social things coming back into play that we had in the '60s -- ah-ha! -- then you get the kind of results that we're having today. We've got to come back up to where we were and start supporting each other and loving each other. Because we can change the world if we come together," she said.

Knight was in town to perform at the Global Down Syndrome Foundation's inaugural "Be Beautiful, Be Yourself" fundraiser.

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