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December 04, 2020

Here's Why Barack Obama Didn't Give Dolly Parton a Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Former President Barack Obama opened up about why he didn't give country artist Dolly Parton a presidential medal of freedom, calling it one of the mistakes of his tenure. 

Almost four years since leaving the White House, Barack Obama is looking back at his eight years of service and has opened up about the one brutal mistake he believes he made. 

On Tuesday, the former president made an appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," where he played some amazing and hilarious quiz games with the host. 

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During the segment, the 44th President of the United States was quizzed on why country music legend, Dolly Parton, doesn't have a Presidential Medal of Freedom. He answered, saying it was a mistake and that he was shocked.

[Obama] wrote about how the presidency took a toll on his marriage with Michelle.

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Colbert then joked, asking him if he realized that in his eight years as president, that was the mistake he made. Obama wholly agreed with his remark, saying:

"Actually, that was a screw-up. I think I assumed that she had already got one, and that was incorrect. I'm surprised — she deserves one. I'll call [Joe] Biden."

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During his tenure, Obama gifted the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the nation's highest civilian honor— to Bob Dylan, Barbara Streisand, Diana Ross, Gloria Estefan, Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep, Bill Clinton, and Joe Biden. 

Last month, Obama made a virtual appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to promote his new memoir, "A Promised Land," and spoke about his relationship with his younger daughter, Sasha.

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The 59-year-old revealed that he noticed some striking similarities between his wife Michelle Obama and their 19-year-old, and that scares him from time to time.

He explained that his older daughter Malia is more like him temperamentally and even physically, as they both have long faces, while Malia and Michell are the round faces with a fiercer attitude.

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In his already best-selling memoir, Obama talked about how he balanced the weight of being the president of the most powerful nation while also being a father and husband.

The father-of-two wrote about how the presidency took a toll on his marriage with Michelle. In a candid interview with People Magazine, Obama spoke about how he had sleepless nights because of marital tension.

The former First Citizen explained that Michelle couldn't burden him with her troubles as she understood he was busy thinking about matters of the country. 

Luckily, they were able to get through it thanks to their love, and now more than four years outside the White House, he admits that Michelle is happier and more relaxed.

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