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Video: Bob Dylan Receives Medal of Freedom Honor From President Obama

May 30, 2012 (3:47 am) GMT
Dylan gets the country's highest civilian honor along with other influential figures such as renowned writer Toni Morrison and union pathbreaker Dolores Huerta.

was one of the recipients of the nation's highest civilian honor during a ceremony at the White House on May 29. The rock folk musician was awarded Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in front of the press packing inside the East Room.

A big fan of the singer, the commander-in-chief praised the music veteran for having a voice that could affect so many people. "Its unique gravelly power was redefining, not just what music sounded like, but the message it carried and how it made people feel," the President gushed.

He added, "My world opening up because he captured something about this country that was so vital. There is not a bigger giant in the history of American music. All these years later, he's still chasing that sound, still searching for a little bit of truth, and I have to say that I am a really big fan."

Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 13 recipients, living or dead, who have made meritorious contributions to the national interests of the United States, to world peace or to other significant endeavors.

Other honorees are as follows:



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