Dolly Parton Gracefully Declines Tennessee Capitol Statue

International superstar Dolly Parton (image via Instagram)

The Tennessee state legislature has been working on passing a bill that would install a statue of country music legend Dolly Parton on the grounds of the state Capitol.

So far, the legislation has been approved by a state House committee on February 9.

But Parton gracefully asked the lawmakers to remove the bill from consideration (for now) saying she is “honored and humbled by their intention” but feels “given all that is going on in the world, I don’t think putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time.”

She added that “somewhere down the road several years from now” or after she’s gone, “if you still feel I deserve it, then I’m certain I will stand proud in our great State Capitol as a grateful Tennessean.”

Parton closed her message promising she’ll “continue to try to do good work” to make her home state proud.

And I have no doubt that she will. #ClassAct

Hillary Clinton Will Attend Donald Trump Inauguration

Now, this is a lesson in class.

USA Today is reporting that just two months after a surprise loss in the presidential election, Hillary Clinton will attend the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

An aide to the Democratic nominee confirmed Tuesday that she and former president Bill Clinton will attend this month’s ceremony, speaking on condition of anonymity until plans are announced publicly.

It will be the first joint public appearance by Trump and Hillary Clinton since the three presidential debates that preceded Trump’s surprise election victory.

Bill Clinton will be one at least three ex-presidents at the Jan. 20 inauguration of Trump; George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter have also announced plans to attend.

Bush and former first lady Laura Bush “are pleased to be able to witness the peaceful transfer of power — a hallmark of American democracy,” spokesman Freddy Ford said Tuesday.

According to New York Magazine, Hillary decided to attend out of “a sense of duty and respect for the American democratic process.”

Trust and believe, had Trump lost he wouldn’t have gone anywhere near the event.

Hillary Clinton Thanks Her 66 Million Supporters

Hillary Clinton thanked her 66 million supporters yesterday and urged them to continue working for a “better, stronger, and fairer future” for America and the world.

Before this year ends, I want to thank you again for your support of our campaign. While we didn’t achieve the outcome we sought, I’m proud of the vision and values we fought for and the nearly 66 million people who voted for them.

I believe it is our responsibility to keep doing our part to build a better, stronger, and fairer future for our country and the world.

The holidays are a time to be thankful for our blessings. So let us rejoice in this season and look forward with renewed hope and determination.

I wish you and your family health, happiness, and continued strength for the New Year and the work ahead. I look forward to staying in touch in 2017. Onward!

With deep appreciation and warm wishes, I am,

Yours,

Hillary

Just Because: U.S. Gymnast Danell Leyva Is A Class Act

Vice-President Joe Biden Denounces Donald Trump’s “Sick Message”

Thank goodness for Vice-President Joe Biden calling out Donald Trump’s “no facts – insult, insult, insult” approach to campaigning.

Everything Joe says here is spot on.

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Biden blasts Trump for his ‘sick message.’
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Cheyenne Jackson – “Your Song” live and unedited

Ok, so if you somehow were not a fan of Mr. Jackson YET, you should be after this.

I’ve met Cheyenne, and he’s just as down to earth and comfortable with folks as you would imagine.

Great song, terrific voice (love the edge to his tone), authentic and completely devoid of pretense, Cheyenne shares a great Elton John/Bernie Taupin classic.

Serious bonus points for the canine cameo at 2:18.

(h/t Towleroad)