Barack Obama regrets not having awarded Dolly Parton the Presidential Medal of Freedom during her tenure, because according to him, she “deserves” this prestigious honor for all her humanitarian work.
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The country music legend has always been a great philanthropist, and she recently made headlines after revealing that her million dollar donation to medical experts at the Nashville Private School of Research at the University Vanderbilt had helped develop a new vaccine against COVID-19.
This vaccine was recently unveiled by officials of the American pharmaceutical company Moderna.
And, when it appeared in The Late Show along with Stephen Colbert, the former US president was shocked to discover that the 9 to 5 singer had yet to receive this American Legion of Honor.
” It is a mistake. I’m shocked. It was a big mistake. I’m surprised, he said. I certainly assumed she already had it, and I was wrong. “
He went on to encourage his former vice president Joe Biden, who will become president in January, to right his mistake. “She deserves one,” he continued. I’ll call Biden! “
The Presidential Medal of Liberty is one of the country’s highest civilian honors and is awarded to individuals who have made “a particularly meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, to culture or other important public or private initiatives ”.
Oprah Winfrey, Sidney Poitier, Muhammad Ali and Tiger Woods are among the celebrities to have received this medal over the past 15 years.