In a segment titled “Questions We’re Pretty Sure Barack Obama Has Never Been Asked Before” Colbert asked, “How does Dolly Parton not have a Presidential Medal of Freedom?” Obama admitted that one was a “screw-up.” “That’s a mistake — I’m shocked,” Obama replied. “That was a screw-up. I’m surprised. I think I assumed that she had already got one, and that was incorrect.”
— A Late Show (@colbertlateshow) December 1, 2020
Dolly Parton has received a number of rewards in her career including the National Medal of Arts and Kennedy Center Honor, but not the Medal of Freedom which is the nation’s highest civilian honor. It’s awarded to individuals to honor their contribution to the security or national interests of the US, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
President Obama said he’ll give Joe Biden a call to see if his mistake can be corrected.