We all know it. You can’t deny it. She continues to prove it.
A legend in every sense of the word, Dolly surprisingly has never been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
For the unfamiliar, the Presidential Medal of Freedom is an award given by the President of the USA to individuals “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 right in there.
During an interview with Stephen Colbert in 2020, former President Barack Obama was asked specifically about Dolly never being awarded the honor.
“That’s a mistake. I’m shocked,” Obama says.
“Looking back at your eight years, do you realize that’s the mistake you made?” Colbert asks.
“Actually, that was a screwup,” Obama admits. “I’m surprised. I think I assumed that she had already gotten one, and that was incorrect.”
“She deserves one. I’ll call Biden.”
So far, still no Presidential Medal of Freedom for the one and only, Dolly.
Dolly Parton turned down the Presidential Medal of Freedom TWICE from former President Donald Trump
In an interview with Today, she explained her decision.
“I couldn’t accept it because my husband was ill and then they asked me again about it and I wouldn’t travel because of COVID.”
After Biden took office she heard from him, but added, “Now I feel like if I take it, I’ll be doing politics, so I’m not sure.”
On July 1, 2022, the White House released a statement with the newest 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