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Dolly Parton twice declined the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Dolly Parton twice declined the Presidential Medal of Freedom”

Dolly Parton turned down the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Donald Trump not once, but twice.

'Now I feel like if I take it, I'll be doing politics, so I'm not sure, ' admitted the star, adding that, at the end of the day, she does not do philanthropy 'for those awards'. I think I assumed that she'd already got one and that was incorrect.

"I don't believe that I should offend people that don't have that same opinion by voicing my own opinion", she told The Times in 2019.

"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. "So I'm not sure. It'd be nice, but I'm not sure that I even deserve it".

Parton has long tried to stay politically neutral, given the fact that she has millions of fans across all sides of the political spectrum. "Have you heard from Joe, otherwise known as President Biden?".

But it seems the 46th president, too, could come up short in an effort to honor her, as Parton explained she might not actually want the Medal of Freedom at all.

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Dolly also donated $1 million to fund COVID-19 research at Vanderbilt University, which helped develop the Moderna vaccine. "I got offered the freedom award from the Trump administration and I couldn't accept it because my husband was ill".

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 USA, either in a security or national interest capacity, or regarding culture, world peace, or other public or private endeavors.

It's a shame that she's let an award that is supposed to be apolitical become politicized in such a way, and it may just mean she never ends up getting the medal after all.

Obama promised to put in a word to his former vice president, now President Joe Biden.

Only two weeks into his term, President Biden has not yet announced any new Medal of Freedom recipients.



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