Barack Obama Admits To One Very Large Dolly Parton-Related Mistake

Written by on December 1, 2020

Former President Barack Obama realized that he dropped the ball when it got here to honoring nation music legend Dolly Parton throughout his time in workplace.

Throughout an look on the “The Late Present,” Obama admitted to host Stephen Colbert that he ought to have honored Parton with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in accordance with a clip of the interview launched early Tuesday morning.

After Colbert requested why the 74-year-old music icon had but to obtain the medal all through her five-decade profession, Obama rapidly acknowledged that that was a “mistake.”

He mentioned not personally honoring Parton with the medal was a “screw-up” and that he probably assumed on the time that she had already been awarded one.

Throughout his time in workplace, Obama bestowed the medal on a variety of recipients, together with physicist and thinker Stephen Hawking, creator and poet Maya Angelou, creator Toni Morrison, Sen. Edward Kennedy, singer Gloria Estefan and actor Robert De Niro.

The medal is taken into account the nation’s “highest civilian honor,” given to people “who’ve made particularly meritorious contributions to the safety or nationwide pursuits of america, to world peace, or to cultural or different vital public or non-public endeavors.”

Whereas he missed his alternative to honor Parton, Obama did rapidly provide Colbert a doable means he can treatment his mistake: “I’ll name Biden.”

Parton, in the meantime, has been conserving busy with plenty of new initiatives.

The “Jolene” singer ― who helped fund the event of a COVID-19 vaccine ― stars in a Netflix Christmas movie-musical she co-produced titled “Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Sq..”

Reflecting on her storied profession, Parton advised The New York Instances in an interview printed Monday: “The extra I accomplish, the extra humble I change into, as a result of I notice how [few] individuals are capable of say that they’ve seen their goals come true.”


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