President Obama honors Bob Dylan among others with Medal of Freedom (Video)
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Washington : DC : USA | May 30, 2012 at 8:05 AM PDT
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Bob Dylan awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama

Report By: Nina Rai

Washington, 30 May, 2012

American President Barack Obama honored music legend Bob Dylan among other recipients at the White House on Tuesday, 29 May, 2012.

The folk music icon was the recipient of this year’s Medal of Freedom. The medal is the highest civilian honor the United States can bestow upon a civilian.

People who have contributed to the interests of the country and the world are granted the honor annually. The medal comprises a blue ribbon and is a blue disc sprinkled with stars on top of a white star and red pentagon surrounded by golden eagles.

Bob Dylan was spotted wearing dark glasses and sporting a thin moustache. Even as President Obama showered encomiums on him, Dylan sat stoically refusing to acknowledge the President’s jokes.

Obama said , "Today everybody from Bruce Springsteen to U2 owes Bob their gratitude. There is not a bigger giant in the history of American music. All these years later, he is still chasing that sound, still searching for a little bit of truth, and I have to say that I am a really big fan."

Dylan became famous for such classics like "Like a Rolling Stone," "Blowin’ in the Wind" and "Mr. Tambourine Man." Fifty years ago in 1962, the folk icon released his first album.

Other recipients honored this year include basketball coach Pat Summit, Astronaut/Senator John Glenn, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and poet Toni Morrison. Shimon Peres, Israeli President will be receiving the medal at a later date.

Also among the honorees are posthumous recipients such as Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low, Gordon Hirabayashi, who fought against the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and Jan Karski, an officer in the Polish Underground during the war.

Source: Contact Music/Celebrity Café

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Bob Dylan received the Presidential Medal of Freedom yesterday (May 29, 2012).
Nina Rai is based in Mangaluru, Karnataka, India, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
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