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. Southern Belle

    Quote OMFG!!!!!! What the hell is wrong w/ these idiots. Why don't they just let a Schlub like me run for president, if all the repugs can do is come up w/ dumb ideas like Dolly for Pres. What has she done w/ her life other than write some songs and have huge boobs. Absolutely nothing and if that qualifies her than I am just as qualifed, working in a office and crying b/c the GOP is trying to destroy this country.
    /end quote

    What has she done with her life? Well, she built Pigeon Forge from nowhere into a thriving tourist attraction for Tennessee, bringing in millions of dollars annually for the state. She created a reading program designed to get books into the hands of underprivileged children that now spans, I believe, ten states. Not to mention various other philanthropic programs she has been involved in. Tell me, what have YOU done to improve the world recently?

    February 10, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. Rob in Detroit Mi.

    NO Rob! Your the boob and Fake, now get out of your Mothers Basement.

    February 10, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  3. Mike Dallas

    I like Dolly's reasoning on that 28 day issue.

    Maybe all the conferences with Iran could be scheduled around that fact.

    February 10, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  4. adods

    I'm impressed. Dolly obvious stays abreast of current events.

    February 10, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  5. TexasAnnie *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    Dolly, I love ya (loved ya better before the horrible face lift though)..... but politics isn't your forte, so don't even comment on politics, okay??? Get back in the studio and record some music for us, girl. The stuff coming out of Nashville these days is too jacked up to be considered "country". We need to hear some good ol' country music like you & Kenny used to record!!

    February 10, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  6. Maggie

    Yep. George W. Bush proved for 8 years that he was one of the biggest boobs in Washington.

    February 10, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  7. some kid

    i dont think dolly parton's political opinions should make national news

    February 10, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  8. shane s

    Boobs,lol,well people make no mistakes it is not just the republicans who have put us in this mess but all of these so called concerned poloticians who live so far out of reality, i mean come on how many working americans can relate to some one who gets a 7 mil$ severance check,sen. Armey said this( i was allive durring the 70s it was worse then than it is now) what an idiot, he needs to go talk to Trump, donald will set him straight, we need a washington who will stop beeing boobs and start thinking with the reality of the fact that something must be done or two years from now we will be eating out of soup lines.

    February 10, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  9. American Voice

    Nooooo ...not necessarly a woman makes good president – I will vote for any good candidate regardless of gender. BUT I will never vote for you – you are not cute enough. People said that you should run for president had probably to much to drink that night.

    February 10, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  10. ricardo

    Dolly Rocks...and she knows we have had some 8 years of big ole boobs! Two, George W. and whats his name, who cant be trusted with a gun! I am sure Dolly's wallet has been hit just like everyone elses..Hence, why the Dollywood theme park, third most visited them park in the world..has changed its hours of operation and reported that 08, was it's worst year of operation. Dolly knows our newly elected president is very smart and will navigate (for the republican's reading this...thats someone who leads thru, guides or stirs) us thru this mess that the Republicans have gotten us into! Rock on Dolly!

    February 10, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  11. kgeukes

    Someone Hillary's age doesen't get PMS anymore...she's gone through menopause which is nothing like PMS....Get a clue America....these people are not news worthy or intelligent

    February 10, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  12. southerncousin

    Sandee in Portland-Not stupid, you see how they crucified Hillary and Palin. Voting for Hillary in the first place was stupid. It takes a dope smoking village to raise an idiot.

    February 10, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  13. digger

    Where in the world do some of you people come up with the stupid things you are saying here. Most of it makes no sence at all. No body says she is going to run for Prez. Palin has a lot of experence in Gov. When I read some of these posts, I am sure some people are on drugs. Either that or there are a lot of mental midgets writing here.

    February 10, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  14. Putin still invading Alaskan airspace between Palin's ears

    Says the woman who sports two George Bush triple Ds.

    February 10, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  15. Rhiannonrede

    SteveMan, I thought it was Tim Curry's Frankenfurter in a blond wig. To paraphrase John Lennon on religion, "Dolly is cool but her followers are a bit thick." What a redneck hate fest this blog has turned into.
    Little Rock, AR

    February 10, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  16. Mike in Philly

    It was humorous joking on her part. And so she hopes a politician isn't an idiot. Who DOESN'T hope that, about EVERY politician? Geez, a couple seconds of levity and distraction. Lighten up ...

    February 10, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  17. Matthew, Detroit

    Barack is definitely a boob. He is losing the support of his own party.

    Barney Frank came out against his Treasury Spending Plan.

    February 10, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  18. Andy

    Doing alot for the furtherance of your gender, Dolly.

    February 10, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  19. Bipartisan

    Nice try Mark. But yes we did read the story and it says nothing about Bush nor does it mention any of the other 42 ex-presidents by name. And she didn't say she didn't think Obama was a boob. She said hopefully he wasn't one......idiot.

    February 10, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  20. Here you come again

    Please READ the article before you post. Dolly Parton is hoping President Obama 'ain't gonna be' like the boobs we've had enough of in the White House (previously). As an Obama supporter, I could not agree more. In fact, we just voted for change from the last boob. LOL

    Lighten up, people. It was a joke.

    February 10, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  21. Dixie Chyc

    What? "Every 28 days, those terrorists better run deeper into them woods?" Sexist jokes about women coming from a woman are never funny. A woman that allows PMS to affect her is a woman who allows herself to be controlled rather than being IN control. Can we now make a sexist joke about men? Thank you. "Well, you know who about is right about at that age in development where he is likely to go through a mid-life crisis. Obama. That's right. Those terrorists better run deeper into them there hills once Obama's mid-life crisis goes into full swing, which may have already begun (didn't any of ya'll even LISTEN to him whine (I mean speak) last night?!)

    February 10, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  22. Jenny

    The democrats failed to put Hillary in office. They relegated her to the pre-feminism days: Secretary. I'm glad Dolly sees the stupidity and hypocrisy in the male democratic population.

    Ladies, lets hope you didn't drop the ball for your sex too.

    February 10, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  23. deb

    Half of you people apparently either can't read or didn't bother to read the article. The stupid comments on these boards is unbelieavble. Dolly did NOT say Obama was a boob. The whole article was just Dolly being funny. Jeez, people!!!

    February 10, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  24. deb

    Half of you people apparently either can't read or didn't bother to read the article. The stupid comments on these boards is unbelievable. Dolly did NOT say Obama was a boob. The whole article was just Dolly being funny. Jeez, people!!!

    February 10, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  25. Rick

    To late Dolly, He is one, He needs to review his comments on Elkhart and their thoughts of the Stimulus. Elkhart town meeting must have been staged, because the truth is that Elkhart doent believe the stimulus will work.

    February 10, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
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