Dolly Parton reveals she turned down the Presidential Medal of Freedom twice

Dolly Parton Medal of Freedom

Former President Donald Trump's administration twice tried to give Dolly Parton the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her philanthropy and both times she turned the offer down, the iconic country star has revealed. At the same time, the singer said she isn't sure she will accept the honor if Joe Biden were to offer it to her.

In a 2020 Stephen Colbert interview with former President Barack Obama, Obama said it was a "mistake" that his office hadn't offered Parton the honor. "It'd be nice, but I'm not sure that I even deserve it, but that's a nice compliment for people to think that I might deserve it".

If there's one thing that unites the past three presidents, it may be a strong desire to ensure Dolly Parton gets the Presidential Medal of Freedom. "I got offered the freedom award from the Trump administration and I couldn't accept it because my husband was ill". "So I'm not sure". In the early months of the pandemic, she used the Imagination Library platform to read bedtime stories to kids who were out of school. "Have you heard from Joe, otherwise known as President Biden?".

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"Well, I actually have to be honest in all fairness", Parton tells Bush Hager and co-host Hoda Kotb in a preview clip.

Calls to honour the country music singer with the nation's highest honour, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, have only intensified after it was revealed previous year that her work part-funded the Moderna vaccine for COVID-19.

The award was established to recognize individuals who have made an "especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, or world peace, or 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". Jim Jordan were among those honored by the former president.

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