Obama wel­comes 4 No­bel Prize lau­re­ates, mi­nus Dy­lan

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WASH­ING­TON >> Pres­i­dent Barack Obama wel­comed four re­cip­i­ents of the No­bel Prize to the White House on Wed­nes­day. Singer Bob Dy­lan wasn’T among them.

Obama used the Oval Of­fice meet­ing to send a re­minder that Amer­ica is unique in its abil­ity to at­tract tal­ent from all around the world to study at its uni­ver­si­ties.

Obama met with Dun­can Hal­dane and J. Michael Koster­litz, lau­re­ates of this year’s No­bel Prize in Physics; Oliver Hart, lau­re­ate of the No­bel Prize in Eco­nomic Sci­ences; and Sir J. Fraser Stod­dart, lau­re­ate of the No­bel Prize in Chem­istry.

Obama said their work would lead to new prod­ucts and tech­nol­ogy, some of which can’t be an­tic­i­pated yet, and would in­spire fu­ture schol­ars and sci­en­tists.

Dy­lan was awarded the 2016 No­bel Prize for lit­er­a­ture but won’t be at­tend­ing the prize cer­e­mony. He may travel to Stock­holm next year and might give his No­bel Lec­ture then.

There was much spec­u­la­tion go­ing into the day about whether Dy­lan would skip the White House meet­ing.

But White House spokesman Josh Earnest said dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s press brief­ing that “un­for­tu­nately, for those of you won­der­ing, Bob Dy­lan will not be at the White House to­day, so every­body can re­lax.”

Earnest says Dy­lan didn’t give a rea­son, but he noted that Dy­lan and the pres­i­dent had met pre­vi­ously and “the pres­i­dent en­joyed meet­ing him.”

In 2012, Obama pre­sented the singer-song­writer with a Pres­i­den­tial Medal of Free­dom.

PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama with the 2016 Amer­i­can No­bel Prize win­ners in the Oval Of­fice of the White House in Wash­ing­ton, Wed­nes­day. With Obama are from left, Oliver Hart, Lau­re­ate of the 2016 No­bel Prize in Eco­nomic Sci­ences, from Har­vard Univer­sity, F. Dun­can M. Hal­dane, Lau­re­ate of the 2016 No­bel Prize in Physics from Prince­ton Univer­sity, Sir J. Fraser Stod­dart, Lau­re­ate of the 2016 No­bel Prize in Chem­istry from North­west­ern Univer­sity, and J. Michael Koster­litz, Lau­re­ate of the 2016 No­bel Prize in Physics, from Brown Univer­sity.

PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama speaks dur­ing his meet­ing with the 2016 Amer­i­can No­bel Prize win­ners in the Oval Of­fice of the White House in Wash­ing­ton, Wed­nes­day.

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