Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Bob and Barack

President Obama awarded the Medal of Freedom to Bob Dylan and a bunch of other worthies yesterday, including Toni Morrison.

Bob and Barack

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President Barack Obama smiles as he awards the Medal of Freedom to rock legend Bob Dylan, Tuesday, May 29, 2012, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama smiles as he awards the Medal of Freedom to rock legend Bob Dylan, Tuesday, May 29, 2012, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) AP

President Obama awarded the Medal of Freedom to Bob Dylan and a bunch of other worthies yesterday, including Toni Morrison. 

The President said he read Morrison's Song of Solomon when he was "not just trying to figure out how to write, but also how to be and how to think... And I remember in college listening to Bob Dylan and my world opening up because he captured something about this country that was so vital."

According to Reuters, when Morrison received the award, "she smiled and embraced the President." Dylan played it rather coolly in comparison, wearing aviator sunglasses "and showing no emotion."

When he walked up to get his medal, the Marine Corp Band played "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright." Sorry, I couldn't find that version, but you can hear the original below.

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