In my senior year of high school, I had to write a paper ( a senior theme, they called it) before graduation. It had to be about someone famous and while most picked more “likely” individuals, I did mine on a funny looking singer and musician born one Robert Zimmerman. Fast forward almost 40 years, and turns out my President really thinks he is a pretty worthy guy, too. Congratulation Mr. Zimmerman, aka Bob Dylan, for being awarded this country’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. This medal is bestowed upon individuals 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.”
Congratulations Mr. Zimmerman, for giving us great anti-war and civil rights anthems (why exactly were we in Vietnam, again?) like “Blowin in the Wind” and “The Times They are a-Changin,” and congratulations on your new medal. As you influenced the world with your words, you obviously made a big impact on me, and I thank you. Peace out.
- Bob Dylan Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom (rollingstone.com)