Bob Dylan Gets Medal of Freedom

Madeleine Albright, John Glenn also among honorees

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted May 29, 2012 4:17 PM CDT

(Newser) – President Obama bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Bob Dylan, Madeleine Albright, and a host of other luminaries today at the White House. The Los Angeles Times notes that 1962 seemed to be a pivotal year for this year's honorees: It's when Dylan's first album came out, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth, and Dolores Huerta co-founded the National Farm Workers Association. See the full list of those who got the nation's highest civilian honor, including Pat Summitt and Toni Morrison, here.

President Obama awards the Medal of Freedom to Richard Platt, who is accepting for Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Obama awards the Medal of Freedom to former Tennessee basketball coach Pat Summitt.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Obama presents the award to Bob Dylan.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Obama awards the Medal of Freedom to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Obama presents author Toni Morrison with the Medal of Freedom Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Obama presents Bob Dylan with a Medal of Freedom.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Obama presents American labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Clara Fernandez Huerta with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Bob Dylan at the White House Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to retired Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens.   (Getty Images)
President Obama awards the Medal of Freedom to William Foege, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who helped lead the effort to eradicate smallpox.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Obama congratulates astronaut and former Sen. John Glenn after presenting him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.   (Getty Images)
President Obama laughs with recipient Toni Morrison.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Juliette Gordon Low, who founded the Girl Scouts, got the award posthumously.   (AP Photo, File)
Dr. Jan Karski, officer in the Polish underground, got the honor posthumously.   (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
Israeli President Shimon Peres will be presented with his award at a later ceremony.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
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