Bob Dylan may be an artist, but he don’t look back — at least, not where President Barack Obama is concerned.
Yes, I know, that’s probably the 115th pun about Dylan’s lyrics that’s been written on this story, but it’s still worth it. As it turns out, while the 60’s singer-songwriter legend may be an icon of the left, he views the president with the same indifference that he did fans who rioted when he turned electric.
According to The Washington Times, the newly minted Nobel Prize for literature winner decided to skip a Wednesday reception at the White House hosted by the president.
The reception, for American Nobel Prize Winners, wasn’t the only thing that Dylan decided to skip. He’s also not going to Sweden to pick up the award at the Dec. 10 ceremony, for what it’s worth.
“Unfortunately, Bob Dylan will not be at the White House today. So everyone can relax,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said.
Earnest’s statement may have had a double meaning. Dylan has had a notoriously rocky relationship with the media from his earliest years — as anyone who’s seen D.A. Pennebaker’s infamous 1967 documentary about the singer, “Don’t Look Back,” can attest to.
According to The Hill, while many Nobel-watchers derided Dylan’s award, the president actually tweeted his congratulations to the rocker.
“Congratulations to one of my favorite poets, Bob Dylan, on a well-deserved Nobel,” Obama said.
Of course, given that Obama’s 2009 peace prize may be the most widely derided Nobel in the award’s history, one might wonder whether what the president considers a “well-deserved Nobel” might be a bit skewed, but this is neither here nor there.
Clearly, an individual who recorded “Blonde on Blonde” — or has done anything, really — is more deserving than a president given an award for his performance in an office he had yet to assume.
Fox News reported that Earnest said Obama had met with Dylan before and that “the president enjoyed meeting him.” This time, however, it looks like Dylan left the commander in chief blowin’ in the wind.
Thank you, thank you. I’ll be here all weekend. Be sure to try the salmon carpaccio.
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