The Presidential Medal Of Freedom is actually a very big deal, while some may be dying to get that sign of recognition from the president, Dolly Parton is not one of them.
On an appearance on The Today Show, Dolly revealed that she was offered The Presidential Medal Of Freedom twice by the former president of the United States, Donald Trump, not once but twice but she turned it down saying.
“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 the COVID,” she told Today. And since she didn’t take it before, she’s now worried that if she does accept it under President Biden — and apparently he has already reached out — that her deferral will be taken as a political statement. “Now I feel like if I take it, I’ll be doing politics, so I’m not sure,” Dolly said. “But I don’t work for those awards. It’d be nice but I’m not sure that I even deserve it. But it’s a nice compliment for people to think that I might deserve it.”
Most recently, Dolly has helped fund some of the medical research that led to the eventual development of the COVID-19 vaccine.
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