President Barack Obama honored actor and director Clint Eastwood and singer Bob Dylan with arts and humanities awards Thursday.
The White House called Dylan “an icon of youthful rebellion and poetic sensitivity” and said Eastwood’s films and performances are “essays in individuality, hard truths and the essence of what it means to be American.”
“Obviously, their careers have helped to mark the landscape of American culture for decades,” Obama said noting their absence from the East Room ceremony.
Read it all here and here. We’ve also learned from RWB that Dylan did not spend much time hanging out the White House the day he performed Times They Are a-Changin’ and left right after his performance before the show was even over. I still think Must be Santa is all about Big Government in Washington, but that’s just me.