- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 30, 2016

His answer may be blowin’ in the wind, but for whatever reason, Bob Dylan turned down an invitation to meet President Obama at the White House Wednesday.

The legendary singer-songwriter won’t be among a group of U.S. Nobel Prize laureates who are meeting with Mr. Obama in the Oval Office. The president invited the winners to congratulate them before they travel to Sweden to receive their prizes on Dec. 10.

Mr. Dylan, awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, isn’t traveling to Stockholm for the ceremony, either.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Mr. Obama, himself a Nobel winner in 2009, looks forward to the annual tradition of hosting the laureates.

“Unfortunately Bob Dylan will not be at the White House today,” he told reporters. “You can relax.”

Mr. Dylan did make an appearance at the White House in 2012, when Mr. Obama awarded him the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

• Dave Boyer can be reached at dboyer@washingtontimes.com.

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