BOB DYLAN RECEIVES MEDAL OF FREEDOMWednesday, May 30, 2012 By Damaris G
President Barack Obama presented rock legend Bob Dylan with the prestigious Medal of Freedom Tuesday at the White House. Bob Dylan received the nation's highest civilian honor, accepting the medal of freedom from President Obama. This was a new honor for Bob Dylan to receive this medal. The Medal of Freedom is an award bestowed by the President of the United States. It is the highest civilian award in the nation. It recognizes those individuals who have made "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interest in the U.S., world peace, cultural, or other significant or public or private endeavors". Bob Dylan has written his music based on a variety of political, social, philosophical, and literary influences. He has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for five decacades. Obama said, "There is not a bigger giant in the music history of American music." In the end Obama praised Dylan saying that his music redefined "not just what music sounded like, but the message it carried and how it made people feel good".