Dolly Parton is a national treasure.
We all know it. You can’t deny it She continues Prove it.
A Legend Quite literally, Dolly was surprisingly never awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
For the unfamiliar, the Presidential Medal of Freedom is an award bestowed upon individuals by the President of the United States “who have made exceptional contributions to the security or national interests of America, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”
Yes, Dolly Parton falls for this.
During a 2020 interview with Stephen Colbert, former President Barack Obama was specifically asked if Dolly was never given the honor.
“This is a mistake. I’m shocked,” Obama says.
“Looking back over your eight years, do you realize that was the mistake you made?” asks Colbert.
“Actually, that was a mistake,” Obama admits. “I’m surprised. I think I assumed she already got one and I was wrong.”
“She deserves one. I’ll call Biden.”
No Presidential Medal of Freedom for Dolly yet.
Dolly Parton rejected ex-President Donald Trump’s Presidential Medal of Freedom TWICE
In conversation with todayshe justified her decision.
“I couldn’t accept it because my husband was ill and then they asked me about it again and I wouldn’t be traveling because of COVID.”
After Biden took office, she heard from him, but added: “Now I feel like if I take it I’m going to do politics, so I’m not sure.”
On July 1, 2022, the White House released a statement with the latest recipients:
Simone Biles, Simone Campbell, Julieta García, Gabrielle Giffords, Fred Gray, Steve Jobs, Alexander Karloutsos, Khizr Khan, Sandra Lindsay, John McCain, Diane Nash, Megan Rapinoe, Alan Simpson, Richard Trumka, Wilma Vaught, Denzel Washington
https://www.whiskeyriff.com/2022/07/05/dolly-parton-turned-down-donald-trump-twice-for-presidential-medal-of-freedom-after-barack-obama-admits-screwup/ Dolly Parton Turned Down Donald Trump Twice For Presidential Medal of Freedom After Barack Obama Admits “Screwup”