WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Obama recently presented the highest civilian award in the nation to legendary music icon Bob Dylan.
The president speaking in the East Room of the White House, which was recently renovated at a cost of $5.2 million plus tax, handed Bob Dylan the coveted Presidential Magnificent Medal of Cherished Freedom Award.
The prestigious award is presented to civilians who have contributed to American life and culture either through personal accomplishments such as through music or with very generous financial donations.
President Obama told the crowd that he recalls growing up as a young boy in Hawaii and drinking Pineapple Slurpees, eating coconut sandwiches, and listening to the music of Bob Dylan on Honolulu's radio station KLEI known as "The Big Hawaiian Lei."
According to Chipper Caruso with Cowbell Notes Music Magazine, who wrote the definitive book on Dylan titled, I Know I'm Singing 'Cause I Can Feel My Lips Moving - The Bob Dylan Story, the 71-year-old legendary music icon has never sounded better.
Caruso noted that Dylan has always been an extremely shy individual who back in 1974, reportedly only uttered 129 words during the entire year (not counting his concert performances of course).
When the man who was born Robert Allen Zimmerman went up to the podium to receive his award he looked like anything but a music legend.
He was dressed in a non-flashy tuxedo, that Caruso later pointed out was the exact one he wore on the cover of his 1972 album titled, Bob Dylan Sings The Songs of Neil Young.
After the event, Dylan was given a personal VIP tour of the White House by the president and the first lady.
As they stood in the Ulysses S. Grant Bedroom Dylan turned to Michelle Obama and whispered that he could still smell the faint aroma of Civil War whiskey.
Mrs. Obama apologized and promised to have the bedroom locked so that Vice-President Joe Biden doesn't use it as a party room whenever her and the president are out of town on one of their many vacations.
Dylan finally cracked a smile and said that there was a song in there somewhere.
The president's ears perked up and he remarked to Mr. Dylan that he would love to record a song with him. Dylan grinned and nodded in the affirmative.
The music legend from Duluth, Minnesota then asked the president which song he had in mind. The president thought for a moment. He looked over at his wife, winked, and said that he would like to record his big hit from 1969, "Lay Lady Lay."
Dylan replied, "It's a green light for me Mr. President." The president quickly had Mrs. Obama's personal secret service agent Pompei Talltimber make a notation and the great Boy Dylan left the White House.
A presidential aide noted that as Dylan left the White House front gate the 71-year-old legend could be heard whistling "Zip A Dee Doo Dah."
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