By Matthew Strauss.
Bob Dylan has passed on another Nobel Prize formality. Today, he skipped President Obama’s White House meet-and-greet with American Nobel Prize winners, according to The Hill (via Rolling Stone). “Unfortunately, Bob Dylan will not be at the White House today. So everyone can relax,” Obama’s spokesman Josh Earnest, told reporters.
Last month, Dylan was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature, but remained conspicuously silent after the honor was announced. Reports emerged that he was not responding to the Nobel Committee’s emails. Once he finally accepted the prize, it he told the Swedish Academy that he would not attend the December 10 ceremony in Stockholm.
Upon the announcement of Dylan’s Nobel, Obama tweeted, “Congratulations to one of my favorite poets, Bob Dylan, on a well-deserved Nobel.” In 2012, Dylan received the Presidential Medal of Freedom (pictured above).
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