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May 30, 2012

President Obama pinned the Presidential Medal of Freedom around Bob Dylan‘s neck as the singer stood in the White House inscrutable in black sunglasses.

“I have to say that I am a really big fan,” Obama said as he introduced Dylan, one of a number of figures from the struggles and accomplishments of the 1960s, as well as other eras, whom Obama chose to honor Tuesday. Labor leader and civil rights campaigner Dolores Huerta and astronaut John Glenn also received the medal.

“I remember, you know, in college listening to Bob Dylan and my world opening up because he captured something about this country that was so vital,” Obama said.

The president said many of the recipients had had a personal effect on his life. The year 1962 looms especially large in Obama’s picks: That was the year Dylan put out his first album, Huerta co-founded the National Farm Workers Assn. and Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth.

The medal is the country’s highest civilian honor and the president has wide latitude in choosing recipients. It is awarded to people who have made major contributions to the security of the United States, world peace or culture, or have undertaken “other significant public or private endeavors.”

Huerta founded the farmworkers group, which later became the United Farm Workers, with Cesar Chavez, who was awarded the medal in 1994, shortly after his death. Throughout the 1960s and ’70s, Huerta worked to extend social programs to farmworkers in California. She also, Obama noted, coined the slogan “Si, se puede” (“Yes, we can”).

“Dolores was very gracious when I told her I had stolen her slogan,” he said.

It was not Dylan’s first time receiving a ribbon at the White House: In 1997, President Clinton named him a Kennedy Center honoree. In 2010, Obama awarded the singer the National Medal of Arts. Dylan did not attend the ceremony then, but did perform “The Times They Are a-Changin” for the president at the White House the same year.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom hangs from a blue ribbon and is made up of a blue disk whose surface is filled with stars, layered on a white star and red pentagon surrounded by gold eagles.

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was also among the 12 people presented with the medal Tuesday. Former Justice Department civil rights lawyer John Doar, epidemiologist William Foege, novelist Toni Morrison, former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and college basketball coach Pat Summitt also received the award.

Gordon Hirabayashi, who fought against the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II; Jan Karski, an officer in the Polish underground in the war; and Juliette Gordon Low, who founded the Girl Scouts, were honored posthumously.

Israeli President Shimon Peres will also receive the award, but it will be presented at a dinner in June.

from:  http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-obama-medals-20120530,0,7368860.story


Bob Dylan was born on May 24th, 1941 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_dylan

May 24th, 1941

5 + 24 +1+9+4+1 = 44 = his life lesson = I am Bob Dylan.  I am who I am.  Me being me.

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28 February 2011 Last updated at 07:12 ET

Bob Dylan’s former girlfriend Suze Rotolo, the inspiration for some of the singer’s love songs, has died at 67.

Rotolo also appeared with Dylan on the iconic cover of his 1963 breakthrough LP The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.

She inspired such songs as Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right, Boots of Spanish Leather and Tomorrow Is a Long Time.

Her friend and Village Voice critic Jim Hoberman wrote that she died in her New York apartment “and the arms of her husband of 40 years, Enzo Bartoccioli”.

Dylan met Rotolo, then 17, after a gig in 1961 and the couple stayed together for three years.

Dylan later wrote that meeting her “was like stepping into the tales of 1,001 Arabian nights”, adding: “She had a smile that could light up a street full of people… a Rodin sculpture come to life.”

Rotolo went on to become an artist and teacher. She also wrote a memoir of life in Greenwich Village in the 1960s, A Freewheelin’ Time, which was published in 2008.

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-12596761


Suze Rotolo was born  on November 20th, 1943 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suze_Rotolo

November 20th, 1943

11 + 20 +1+9+4+3 = 48 = her life lesson = what she was here to learn = Travelling. 

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