Dolly Parton Turned Down Presidential Medal of Freedom Twice During Trump Administration

Brenda Watkins
February 3, 2021

The entertainment icon says she's not sure whether she could accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Joe Biden due to the fact that she previously declined to receive the honor twice from former President Donald Trump.

The music legend has now been contacted by President Joe Biden about the award but she is likely to turn it down for the third time. But Parton said that "now if I take it I will feel like I am doing politics, so I am not sure".

And, she added, "I don't work for those awards". But it's a nice compliment for people to think that I might deserve it'.

In an interview late previous year, former President Barack Obama said he should have given the singer the prestigious award because she "deserves one".

Of her contributions to the vaccine research, she said: "I get a lot more credit than I deserve I think, but I was just happy to be a part of any and all of that".

"Hillary might make as good a president as anybody ever has", she told the New York Times.

"I couldn't accept it because my husband was ill", she said about the first offer. "It'd be nice but I'm not sure that I even deserve it".

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This nine-time Grammy victor and Country Music Hall of Fame member, known for hits including the iconic "I Will Always Love You" and the working woman anthem "9 To 5", just keeps adding to her projects.

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Besides being one of music's biggest superstars, Dolly Parton has also performed a great deal of philanthropy over the span of her almost 60-year career.

The Medal of Freedom was established by President Truman in 1945.

During his administration, Trump bestowed at least one musician with the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the late Elvis Presley. "They're so into people, new entrepreneurs working after hours to start their own businesses", Parton said.

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