Dy­lan won’t at­tend re­cep­tion to honor U.S. No­bel lau­re­ates

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Dave Boyer

The rea­son for his an­swer may be blowin’ in the wind, but Bob Dy­lan turned down an in­vi­ta­tion to meet Pres­i­dent Obama at the White House.

The leg­endary singer-song­writer won’t be among a group of U.S. No­bel Prize win­ners who will meet with Mr. Obama in the Oval Of­fice. The pres­i­dent in­vited the win­ners to con­grat­u­late them be­fore they travel to Swe­den to re­ceive their prizes on Dec. 10.

Mr. Dy­lan, awarded the No­bel Prize for Lit­er­a­ture, isn’t trav­el­ing to Stock­holm for the cer­e­mony ei­ther. White House press sec­re­tary Josh Earnest said Mr. Obama looks for­ward to the an­nual tra­di­tion of host­ing the lau­re­ates. “Un­for­tu­nately, Bob Dy­lan will not be at the White House today,” he told re­porters. “You can re­lax.”

Mr. Dy­lan did ap­pear at the White House in 2012, when Mr. Obama awarded him the Medal of Free­dom, the na­tion’s high­est civil­ian honor.


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