Bob Dylan Accepts Presidential Medal Of Freedom Like A Boss

Here’s where being a sitting president has its advantages when running for reelection: Obama got to spend his Tuesday hanging with Bob Dylan. Mitt Romney is spending his palling around with curiously coiffed birther gasbag Donald Trump.

So yeah, Dylan — who some of us around here love unconditionally and perhaps irrationally — was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom today in a ceremony at the White House. As you can see in the screengrab above, he kept his sunglasses on the whole time. Why did he do this, you ask? BECAUSE HE’S BOB FREAKIN’ DYLAN, that’s why!

Reports the LA Times:

Folk singer Bob Dylan and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright were awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a ceremony at the White House Tuesday afternoon.

A number of figures from the struggles and shifts of the 1960s were recognized Tuesday. Civil rights campaigner Dolores Huerta and astronaut John Glenn also received the medal

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

Advantage, Barry from Kenya.

(Pics via Alex Ogle and Holly Bailey)