Obama on Listening to Bob Dylan in College: My World Opened Up
6:12 PM, May 29, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama awarded Presidential Medals of Freedom today at the White House to Bob Dylan John Glenn, John Paul Stevens, Madeleine Albright, Shimon Peres, Jan Karski, John Doar, William Foege, Dolores Huerta, Juliette Gordon Low, Pat Summitt, and Gordon Hirabayashi. The award is the highest honor a president can give to a civilian.
When delivering his brief remarks about each honoree, President Obama thanked musician Bob Dylan for opening up his "world."
"I remember in college listening to Bob Dylan and my world opening up because he captured something that -- about this country that was so vital," Obama said. The president also noted that he's "a really big fan."
Rosie Gray reports that she believes Obama made a gaffe when awarding Jan Karski: "The president referred to 'Polish death camps' while awarding a posthumous Medal of Freedom to Polish professor Jan Karski, a hero of the anti-Nazi resistance. Poles believe they're blamed unfairly for the Nazi Holocaust."