February 10th, 2009
03:00 PM ET
9 years ago

Parton hoping Obama isn't a 'boob'

Parton spoke at the National Press Club Tuesday.

Parton spoke at the National Press Club Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Famed entertainer Dolly Parton said Tuesday she thinks a woman would make a good president — but she wouldn’t.

"Somebody said to me, 'Well, you know what - you've got such a big mouth and you know how to talk to people, did you ever think about running for president?'” the country singer told an audience at the National Press Club. I said, 'I think we've had enough boobs in the White House, but hopefully [President] Obama ain't gonna be one of them.'"

Parton, who is in Washington to promote the 75th anniversary of Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park, also joked a woman may be especially suited to show wrath against terrorist threats.

"Every 28 days, those terrorists better run deeper into them woods," she said, to laughter. "That's all I can say if we get a woman in there."

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soundoff (192 Responses)
  1. carlo

    Boy, does she look a mess.

    February 10, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. mike


    February 10, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. Jeff of Peoria

    Hey Debi your:

    "Democrats will not vote for a woman".
    Excuse me, but wasn't Hillary on the Democrat ticket?" QUOTE!!!

    GUESS what?? They didn't vote for her. She got pummeled in the primarys

    February 10, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. Jon

    While I hold Parton in higher esteem than I do Palin (Parton is a very shrewd business person, Palin is merely a "celebrity" with virtually no accomplishments), I think what we really need is a constitutional convention to re-write our constitution.

    There is something really wrong when one party wins overwhelming majorities in both houses of Congress and its candidate wins the presidency by an overwhelming margin, yet the ruling party cannot actually govern effectively due to the opposition's road blocks.

    At the least we need to amend the constitution to change the 60-vote cloture rule since most of the time a minority party can block legislation from coming to a vote.

    February 10, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. Coat of many colors

    Much love to Dolly Parton! Being able to laugh at oneself and not take life so serious is her gift.

    February 10, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. Frost

    Dolly would have my vote

    February 10, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. George the Democrat Obama fanatic.

    if it wasnt for her breast we would not know her.

    February 10, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. Polly

    lol...a woman could much easily lure a terrorist into a trap too...

    February 10, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. Marko Malarko

    Whoa, calm down, blue. She's just making jokes. Don't be so testy.

    February 10, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  10. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Cute! I have always said we need a surge of men and women in their menopause to catch Al Qaida!

    February 10, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  11. America

    "Obama ain't gonna be one of them." Look up the word ain't in the dictionary, it is in there, but is looked down at as someone who is less educated.

    February 10, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  12. Butch Dillon

    No matter what her political persuasions, it's impossible to dislike or disrespect Dolly Parton. And, let it be acknowledged that she has a right to her opinions!

    February 10, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. Soccer Nana

    Another dimming star trying to recover light by using the name "Obama".

    February 10, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. jc

    He's not but she certainly is. This coming from someone who should probably be using hubcaps for a bra.

    February 10, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. Griff

    Dolly! My Lady... "I will always love You." Isn't she Fantastic...

    February 10, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. noname

    I see the self righteous internet tough guys/gals are out in full force today.

    February 10, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. Hannity is a racist

    Wayne, Greenville TX Dolly parton is not an american treasure may be cow boy from TX ,bigot treasure. No more KKK and right wing republicans pease . Christine Williamson you better go back to school before you can comment on anybody.

    February 10, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |




    February 10, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  19. Peggy Myles

    Dolly must be having a blonde moment....There is a North Carolina side to the Smokies too (though TN folk don't think so...they are a little geography challenged)

    February 10, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  20. naqib

    Too late Dolly... It's official... He's a Boob

    February 10, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  21. Mike from Calgary

    She entertains, she lightens the mood with a laugh and she makes us all think. Never mind her business acumen (which frankly is astounding) but she makes you think. Her perspective ir refreshing. Kudos to Dolly!

    February 10, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  22. deweyvuitton

    Dolly better watch out for good old J.B to be the boob here i don't think Obama can really be that dumb he'll surround himself with people he thinks are smart and they might prove that thought true but in the long run no one will listen to him in congress and the partisan lines will still remain and perhaps after 2 years Mr. Obama's dreams of hope and change will be crushed enough for him to start phoning it in.

    February 10, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  23. Austin

    @nicole February 10th, 2009 3:23 pm ET

    In a since Obama is a boop, because he is giving life back to the world. Which is the sole purpose of a mammory….

    OMG, put the alcohol away and step away from the keyboard.....

    February 10, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  24. The CSA has lost again

    She should work for Faux News,we could call her Faux Parton and not be lying.

    February 10, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  25. Justifed Cynic

    Sorry Dolly. I think the jury is already in on this one.

    February 10, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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