Obama Honours Bob Dylan with Medal of Freedom
Bob leaves sunglasses on and doesn't smile.
How many medals must a man accept, before you can call him a man? One, it would seem — and Bob Dylan's accepted it on behalf of cool old men worldwide. President Barack 'I can skateboard' Obama presented the 71-year-old musician with the Medal of Freedom — the country's highest civilian honour — for his influence on the civil rights movement. And because he's Bob Dylan, he left his sunglasses on and didn't even crack a smile.
Obama stated that the recipients of the award had personally impacted his life and are his heroes — not like that "jackass" Kanye West. "I have to say that I am a really big fan," Obama said in his speech. "I remember, you know, in college listening to Bob Dylan and my world opening up because he captured something about this country that was so vital." (If you love him so much, why don't you just marry him? Oooooh.)
Just one of many examples of his civil rights-related songs, Bob wrote 'Only a Pawn in their Game' about the assassination of Medgar Evers, a civil rights activist, and performed it at the same event in 1963 where Martin Luther King gave his 'I Have a Dream' speech.
There were 13 other recipients of the award this year, including author Toni Morrison, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, civil rights campaigner Dolores Huerta and astronaut John Glenn.
See Obama's Spotify playlist to find out what else he's listening to.