Barack Obama hails Nobel winner Bob Dylan as one of ‘favorite poets’

The shock Nobel victory for the 75-year-old Dylan -- the first songwriter to take the prize -- stunned prize watchers.

By: AFP | Washington | Published:October 14, 2016 5:26 am
Bob Dylan, barack obama, obama bob dylan, Nobel prize 2016, Nobel prize in literature, Bob Dylan Nobel prize, who is bob dylan, Bob Dylan profile, Indian express While Bob Dylan’s voice has lost some of his power, his legacy is undiminished. (Source: Reuters)

US President Barack Obama on Thursday congratulated Bob Dylan on what he called his “well-deserved” Nobel literature prize, calling the music legend “one of my favorite poets.” Obama’s message on Twitter contained a link to a Spotify playlist of Dylan’s greatest hits including “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” and “Like A Rolling Stone.”

“Congratulations to one of my favorite poets, Bob Dylan, on a well-deserved Nobel,” Obama tweeted — a message retweeted nearly 3,000 times in 30 minutes.

The shock Nobel victory for the 75-year-old Dylan — the first songwriter to take the prize — stunned prize watchers.

He was honored “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” the Swedish Academy said.

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