Dolly Parton Says She Declined Presidential Medal of Freedom, Twice

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Country singer Dolly Parton recently revealed that she had turned down former President Donald Trump's efforts to bestow on her the Presidential Medal of Freedom on two occasions. I couldn't accept it because my husband was ill.

And now she has a dilemma: Parton says President Biden - who got the medal himself from Obama in 2017 - has contacted her already about the award.

"Now I feel like if I take it, I'll be doing politics, so I'm not sure", she sighed.

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. "I'm surprised, she deserves one".

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And, she added, "I don't work for those awards". "It'd be nice but I'm not sure that I even deserve it". "I'm sure many, many millions of dollars from many people went into that but I felt so proud to have been part of that little seed money that hopefully will grow into something great and help to heal this world", she told BBC at the time. But Parton, who famously helped fund Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine research, had to turn it down both times, she explained. The eight-time Grammy victor told Today that the new administration has reached out to her, but that she was anxious about how receiving the award from Biden might be perceived.

"Well, I actually have to be honest in all fairness", Parton told co-hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager. Jim Jordan were among those honored by the former president.

Obama gave the Medal of Freedom to several musicians like Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Stevie Wonder, as well as actor Sidney Poitier, TV legend Oprah Winfrey, and Biden.

During his administration, Trump bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom to mainly political and sports figures. She's also using the web company to launch her new perfume at I really thought that was a wonderful thing, especially for Squarespace.

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