Dolly Parton turned down a presidential medal of freedom from Trump, twice

Dolly Parton turned down a presidential medal of freedom from Trump, twice

"Then they asked me again about it and I wouldn't travel because of the COVID, so now I feel like if I take it I'll be doing politics", she adds.

Barack Obama has said that he wishes he awarded Parton with the honor, and said that he would recommend that President Joe Biden offer the award to her. In an interview with Stephen Colbert past year, when the subject came up, Obama expressed how "shocked" he was that she hadn't received it yet. "I'm surprised. She deserves one".

"That's a mistake. I'm shocked", Obama said when asked during an interview with CBS' Stephen Colbert how the singer had not received the award. "It's a nice compliment for people to think that I might deserve it".

Dolly Parton has an unusual dilemma on her hands.

"Hillary might make as good a president as anybody ever has", she told the New York Times. In November, she donated $1 million to Vanderbilt University to support coronavirus vaccine research.

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"Well, I actually have to be honest in all fairness", Parton told co-hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager. But Parton says she'd be hesitant to accept a possible third offer.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is one of the highest civilian awards, given to people who have made "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors".

The Biden administration has also approached her about the award, but she said she didn't want to be perceived as "doing politics".

The Presidential Medal of Freedom-which was created by President John F. Kennedy-is given to anyone who has made a significant contribution to the US, either in a security or national interest capacity, or regarding culture, world peace, or other public or private endeavors. Jim Jordan were among those honored by the former president.

During his administration, Trump bestowed at least one musician with the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the late Elvis Presley.

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