Dolly Parton Says She Rejected The Presidential Medal Of Freedom Twice From President Trump


Dolly Parton has never been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom – a fact that “shocked” former President Barack Obama, who missed an opportunity to give her one. However, the country superstar revealed on Tuesday she has been offered the award – twice, by the Trump administration.

In December, Mr. Obama said during an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” that it was a mistake not to award Parton the Presidential Medal of Freedom while he was in office.

“That was a screw-up. I’m surprised,” Mr. Obama said. “I think I assumed that she had already got one, and that was incorrect. She deserves one. I’ll call Biden.”

When asked on Tuesday if she’s heard yet from President Biden, Parton told NBC’s “Today” that she actually has.

“To be honest, in all fairness, I got offered the freedom award from the Trump administration,” Parton said. “I couldn’t accept it because my husband was ill. Then they asked me again about it and I wouldn’t travel because of the COVID.”

“Now I feel like if I take it, I’ll be doing politics, so I’m not sure,” she said, adding that she’… (Read more)

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