February 10th, 2009
03:00 PM ET
5 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. Richard A. Spomer

    Well Obama Mama if you are sitting on the side other side of menopause, she may bee blessed to still have funk shining plumbing. However everybody is hoping Preident Obama is not playing part as a boobie.

    February 10, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. LK in NJ

    deweyvuitton February 10th, 2009 4:15 pm ET

    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.
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    We are one Nation Under God, Indivisible... So, if the conservatives want to continue with their divisive attitude, then we will no longer be the United States of America. We need change now! Give the new administration a chance.

    February 10, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. Ted

    You go dolly!

    February 10, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  4. Ray Ray

    Dolly – he's a bigger boob than your two combined!

    February 10, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  5. Boston Irish

    I love Dolly!! She speaks her mind and she makes sense. If the truth hurts, TOUGH!!

    February 10, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. BC in NC

    All you so called (know it all) city slickers could learn a valuable lesson from Dolly, the hilbilly or southerncousins as some of you have called her. She has more brains and common sense in her little finger than most of you have put together. Comming from a poor beginning in the hills of Tennessee to one of the richest and well thought of persons in the entire world deserves credit. Say what you want to Dolly, and tell those who don't like it to go somewhere where it's extremely hot.

    February 10, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. Curt

    "Boobs We Can Believe In"

    February 10, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. cph9680

    She's great. Way to go, Dolly.

    February 10, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. nick

    people she was just making a joke its not that big of a deal. Obama is a big boy and can handle it.

    February 10, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. Frost

    read

    I said, 'I think we've had enough boobs in the White House, but hopefully [President] Obama ain't gonna be one of them

    she didn't call Obama a Boob .... yet

    but she's all woman and can change her mind

    February 10, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  11. Rev Rhiannon

    I love ya Dolly.. U go GUUURL...........

    February 10, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. rebekah

    Here's to all the Obama haters out there, Do you know that all the senators in congress get free health care? and Yes this includes Republicans AMAZING that it's okay for them! Huh funny that they don't believe you should! Did you know they get a salary for LIFE!!! Hello! Wake the f*&$ up!! I wish my job would pay me for life! They suck off the government tit, and live the epitome of a Socialistic life. Obama has been in office for about 2 weeks give him a break. We've had the Republican doctrine slammed down our throat for 8 years! It is time to try something different!!!!!!!

    February 10, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. no corporate politics

    In a free country it has to be OK to make fun of the president. There are places in the world where police will arrest you or angry mobs will beat you up if you make fun of the president, king, whatever.

    I would like to suggest we stay free here in this country. I think Obama is very smart, but hey, call him a BOOB right in PUBLIC for freedom sake!

    I will kick it off – the DNC and RNC are full of boobs!

    It is OK to have sense of humor and maybe even – gasp – Question our Leaders!

    February 10, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. Boston Irish

    She's talking at the National Press Club promoting a National Park. Why all the griping about Republicans?? NO party was even mentioned in the article. All you complainers have to see is any article at all and you slam the Republicans. I'm a Democrat and you guys are disgusting.

    February 10, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. Not a republican

    Dolly I love you! Say all you need to say about the NOBAMA IDIOT, he is BOOB!

    February 10, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  16. Ken in NC

    Give it a rest people. Dolly has always made fun of herself and anything or anyone that crosses her mind. She is a great woman and I suspect that if she was President not many men or countries would dare cross her. Women tend to make decisions more objectively and they stick to their decision.

    February 10, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. Craig

    I love this. The death of the GOP and Conservatism being exposed for what it really is. God Bless America!!!!!!

    February 10, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  18. TyWebb

    She would know about boobs.

    February 10, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  19. Mark

    Did you folks even read this story? Dolly said "There have been enough boobs in the White House already", meaning George W. Bush! She said she DOESN'T think Obama will be a boob. And she is an incredible woman with a truly inspiring life and story.

    February 10, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  20. southerncousin

    Ooooh some hate filled, nasty, liberals responded to this. Elitists, all for the "little people" except when they are republican, a woman, from the south, actually work for a living, don't smoke dope, are not Sarah Palins grandson, conservative talk radio hosts, don't listen to Fox news, But hey, its the party of inclusion of pinkos, welfare cheats, union frauds, machine politics.

    February 10, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  21. Christine Can't Spell

    So...you think he's not a good fit?

    At lease he can spell and use subject/verb agreement as well as punctuation...

    Lord, have mercy.

    February 10, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  22. LIP

    Dolly Parton is an extremely successful person. Sarah Palin is also a successful person. Those that belittle them in these blogs are simply jealous of this success, sexist, hate women or some combination of the three. I have said it before; I would wish it upon them that they have daughters or wives or both that make their lives miserable. I would hope that these wives or daughters become successful and rub it in their faces whenever they get the chance and of course divest themselves of these creeps.

    February 10, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  23. llabesab

    Dolly Parton certainly should know a "boob" when she sees one.

    February 10, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  24. geecee

    Dolly didn't call Obama a boob. She said there have been plenty of boobs in the White House and she is correct. One just left as a matter of fact.

    February 10, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  25. nom deplume, esq.

    Well, the market sure made its thoughts known today. But the stock market is a Republican cabal, right? Maybe its time to nationalize that.

    February 10, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
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