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. Susan

    A refreshing story for Political news!

    Dolly is a true American!

    February 10, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  2. sandee in Portland

    @southerncousin..." But they have proven that they are sexist." "Democrats will not vote for a woman".

    How can the democrats be sexist when Hillary garnered so many votes, especially among the democrats. DUH! Are you just plain stupid or are you one of those feminists that think a woman should be in power just because she's a woman (and not necessarily a smart woman).

    As a woman, I'm all for women in corporate leadership and in politics; however, she has to be intelligent. Maybe if the republicans found an intelligent one in their party (not like Palin)), then they might have a chance.

    February 10, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  3. Louis in Los Angeles

    It amazes me that in the information age people in this country can still be so small minded and blind with hateful ignorance.

    February 10, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. Ted

    I would take her over "spend us into oblivion" Obama any day.

    February 10, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. Bill

    Yes, both the White House and Dolly need a boob reduction.

    February 10, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  6. Tony

    Dolly was only making a joke in both of the comments cited in the article and both were taken out of context of her speech to the NPC. For those that questioned what Dolly has gone in her life, she was the founder of the Dollywood Foundation which lowered the dropout rate on high schools in her local communities. The foundation currently oversee's the Dolly Parton Imagination Library which operates nationally here in the U.S., in Canada, and Europe. The Imagination Library provides one book per month for children enrolled from birth to age five so that all children, regardless of their families household income, have books in their home which belong to them. Dolly's other business ventures employ thousands of people. I would say, she was done more than most people realize.

    February 10, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  7. greed is not good

    Was that code for Bush was a moron?

    February 10, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  8. Justin Caldwell, Houston Tx

    wow! lolol you republicans are sooo cute. lol. now i know why you vote the way you do. YOU JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND. lol. let me make it loud and clear for those republicans who somehow didn't get the story. DOLLY PARTON SAYS SHE SUPPORTS OBAMA. AND SHE SAID THAT GEORGE W BUSH IS A BOOB. do you understand yet? not the other way around my freinds. now i see how you could vote for mccaine & palin. you simply just don't understand what people are saying. do you? poor REGIONAL party.

    February 10, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  9. No Incumbents 2010

    We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work. And I have just one interest, and if I am wrong...somebody else can have my job. I want to see this country prosperous. I want to see people get a job. I want to see people get enough to eat. We have never made good on our promises...I saw after eight years of this Administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started...And an enormous debt to boot!" – Henry Morgenthau, Jr.

    February 10, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  10. this woman knows boobs

    and they are nice

    February 10, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  11. beachgirl

    BOOBS should not be in Parton's vocabulary!!!

    February 10, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  12. WIlly Brown

    Sweetie #44 has no clue.

    February 10, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. bsmith171

    she is smarter than obama.

    she has run her own business.

    February 10, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  14. he is NOT the chosen one after all

    Dolly, you're hoping against hope.

    February 10, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  15. Me in San Diego

    We love you Dolly. i don't care what party you are in. She is straight talking and has a whole lot of common sense.

    February 10, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  16. Rob

    Too late Dolly, he's a bigger one than either of yours. And more fake too.

    February 10, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  17. shoegazer

    Relax people,Dolly knows how to take certain things lightly.It is something I suggest a great deal of you do because after reading alot of these posts,it becomes very clear that the level of intelligence at times is in worse shape than the economy.Now having Dolly run as an independent teamed with that porn star that some folks want to draft,well,I'd say that would be some sort of"dream ticket"........

    February 10, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  18. Randy, PA


    February 10, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  19. Allen, Hartwell GA

    Hey, ease off on CNN this time. We all need a little laughter in our lives, and Dolly is one who knows how to give it. As for the Obama insults, I think that Dolly's "boob" comments apply as well to many in this country...at least 45-percent of them.

    February 10, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  20. Yomas

    Let's see...Dolly Parton makes a comment about how women's menstrual cycles would benefit the U.S. in our fighting terrorism and people are more focused on her boobs and misconstrue her comment to be about Obama being a boob. This country is in real trouble.

    I guess Dolly can make sexist comments about women, but any man says the same thing and it's "off with his genitals". The American populous is as close to clinically retarded as we've ever come, no wonder.

    February 10, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  21. A woman

    Hey Dolly a little PMS is good for the soul. Let thos "enemy countries" know women have got what it takes and if they do not believe it just let us gaig together every 28 days. We can clear them out fast.

    February 10, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  22. ???

    Mark February 10th, 2009 4:53 pm ET

    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.
    She did not say Bush, there have been others you know, like peanut brain, Carter and then Clinton, what a laugh.... and she did not say she "DOESN'T" she said, HOPEFULLY, he isn't. But alas, it's too late for that!!!!

    February 10, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  23. thanks, but no thanks

    A response to the previous article. l live in PA and l will make sure that our senator Arlen Specter get re-elected. He is an honest man and we do love him. l would love for the conservative groups to have someone else running against him in primary. It will not be close. After sitting with other side and working on an agreement, l respect him more.

    February 10, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  24. Betty

    She did not call Pres Obama a boob, and I am sure he will take it all in good sport. She is stating what all of us Rep and Dems alike no more GOOF BALLS/BOOBS that we must deal with for 4 or 8 years! Our country cannot and will not survive it. So I hope he sees the ariticle Dolly is a taxpayer and a voter who, by her American rights voiced her opinion. You are cool with me Dolly!

    February 10, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  25. Lush Limprick the real head of the RNC

    The half-wit's physical attributes(review the tapes where McCrypt is undressing her with his eyes and all that hugging) and "beauty" is always touted as part of her reason to be the VP.

    Using those qualifications, Dolly you are way more qualified, if you get my drift!


    February 10, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
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