Former President Barack Obama told CBS's "The Late Show" that it was a "screwup" for his administration to not honor Dolly Parton with a Presidential Medal of Freedom.
"That's a mistake. I'm shocked," Obama told host Stephen Colbert.
"Looking back at your eight years, do you realize that's the mistake you made?" Colbert asked.
"Actually, that was a screwup," Obama replied. "I'm surprised. I think I assumed that she had already gotten one, and that was incorrect."
The Hill reports:
During his eight years in office, Obama bestowed the Medal of Freedom on dozens of public figures and musical artists, including Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Gloria Estefan and Barbra Streisand, among others.
While 74-year-old Parton has been lauded with countless awards over her decades-long career — including as a National Medal of Arts recipient in 2005 and celebrated at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2006 — the Medal of Freedom hasn't been one of them.
"She deserves one. I'll call Biden," Obama added.
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