November 30, 2016

Bob Dylan snubs Obama.

"Bob Dylan won’t be attending President Obama’s meet-and-greet on Wednesday with American Nobel Prize winners, the White House said."

ADDED: "Try to be pure at heart, they arrest you for robbery/Mistake your shyness for aloofness, your silence for snobbery..."

53 comments:

Ignorance is Bliss said...

I wonder if he would go if President Obama offered to stand naked?

Clyde said...

Don't think twice, it's alright.

Bay Area Guy said...

It ain't me, Babe.....

paminwi said...

Oh no! Well, here come the calls that Bob Dylan is racist for not showing up in 3....2.....1!

D. B. Light said...

I never cared much for Dylan or any of the folkie folk stuff, but he's starting to grow on me.

Unknown said...

Way back in the day someone interviewed Bob Dylan and asked him about younger men burning their draft cards and he said they shouldn't be doing that. The horror, a countercultural icon with the occasional conservative sentiment!

traditionalguy said...

Let us not talk falsely now, your term is getting late.

Danno said...

I just saw this on Fox News and thought I'd see if you had posted anything on this. He is showing a cantankerous side these days. Like DB Light above, he is starting to grow on me.

Patrick said...

You'd want him to be skeptical of the enterprise.

Curious George said...

"paminwi said...
Oh no! Well, here come the calls that Bob Dylan is racist for not showing up in 3....2.....1!"

You're not aware of the rules apparently.

Tank said...

I'll bet he would meet him out on Highway 61.

Eric the Fruit Bat said...

snub. VERB 1. rebuff, ignore, or spurn disdainfully: Link.

Amexpat said...

Doubt it's a snub in the sense of showing disdain or making some sort of statement about Obama. More likely he's uncomfortable with the Nobel Prize hullabaloo.

madAsHell said...

Somewhere, I noted that Dylan told the Nobel committee that he "would be there, if at all possible", and then pulled a no-show.

Charlie Brown, Lucy, and the football. I always enjoy watching that stuff.

Meade said...

Well, you can run down to the White House
You can gaze at the Capitol Dome, pretty mama
You can pound on the President’s gate
But you oughta know by now it’s gonna be too late

SukieTawdry said...

He apparently cared enough about his Presidential Medal of Freedom (awarded by Obama) to go pick it up. And he showed up at his Kennedy Honors celebration. He's appeared in person (or by satellite) to accept other awards and honors. Maybe he just doesn't think much of this one. Or maybe he'd feel awkward and a little foolish among the chemists, physicists and economists. Or maybe he enjoys having us take notice and ponder his inscrutable self. Or maybe he's just being Dylan.

mccullough said...

Sometimes even the President of the United States has to be stood up

mockturtle said...

Didn't you tell him what a 'lovely man' Obama is?

Unknown said...

Me Dylan continues to move up in my estimation.

Sebastian said...

"Didn't you tell him what a 'lovely man' Obama is?" I guess he doesn't advance-miss Obama, unlike some of his fans. If so, good for him.

Original Mike said...

"Bob Dylan snubs Obama."

I'm sorry. O-who?

285exp said...

Maybe Dylan figured that the whole Nobel Prize thing was devalued, since Obama got one without having done anything to earn it. Must not be that hard.

Lance said...

Is he snubbing the President or just downplaying the Nobel prize, as he's done all along?

dwick said...

...just another one of those haters and critics hounding poor, beset Obama.

AprilApple said...

I'm liking this Bob fella.

Meade said...

Bob might even be a birther. Note: He not busy being born is busy dying.. Does Bob only go to restaurants and bars that have Fox News on? If so, I think we have our answer: Bob Dylan is a prejudiced intolerant bigot who's responsible for the Democrat party losing political power over the last 8 years.

traditionalguy said...

Don't tell anyone but Bob is still a Messianic Jew.

AprilApple said...

Bob is powerful.

Meade said...

He is. And this isn't even the first time Bob has snubbed the president. It's widely known but little talked of: Obama tapped Bob to be his Secretary of State back in '08. Bob said no, O said what? Bob said you can't have everything you want, O, but the next time you see Hillary, ask her. I gotta run.

BN said...

"The Politics of Cool"

walter said...

"How does it feel?"

320Busdriver said...

Bob is STILL pissed about trying to enroll in Obamacare the day the website went live. Remember how slick that thing worked?

ken in tx said...

Traditional Guy, I never heard of Bob Dylan being a Messianic Jew before. Not all Jews who accept Jesus as the Messiah are Messianic Jews. I know of at least three different types. Jews who convert to Christianity and stop going to Synagogue and observing Jewish customs are one group. They are not considered Jews anymore at all--except maybe by Nazis. Jews who accept Jesus (Yeshua) as the true Jewish Messiah and the Son of God are another group. They have their own Synagogues and Rabbis, and follow all traditional Jewish customs and holidays--with a New Testament Scroll added to the Torah. Another group accepts Jesus as the Messiah, but not the Son of God, and merely a Prophet equal to Moses. Which one does Bob fall in?

David said...

Suddenly Dylan's motives are scrutable? I don't think so.

bgates said...

I don't see what the big deal is - even if he is a Nobel laureate, the fact is he's a has-been who's famous only because a bunch of hippies unaccountably consider his blathering to be profound, and I understand why Dylan doesn't want anything to do with him.

George Leroy Tirebiter said...

Not surprised at all. Most everything I've read over the years from Dylan himself talking politics and from others who actually knew him on a day-to-day basis all point to conservatism, in the old school working guy sense.

lemondog said...

Eh, he oughter go and do a repeat of 2010 and sing "The Times They Are A-Changin", attired in a 'deplorable' t-shirt.

f g worth said...

Dylan is astute enough and brave enough to avoid a ceremony that, in reality, will be another Obamagasm instead of truly honoring the deserving folks.

Unknown said...

Bob Dylan was a good friend and an admirer of Johnny Cash so that's all I need to know that he's a fine American.

Comanche Voter said...

I think Dylan is recycling the old Groucho Marx idea; he looks at who's"in the club" i.e. our Nobel Peace Prize winning Presidentk, and decides he doesn't want to join---or at least join that subset of American Nobel Prize winners who will party with each other at Obama's direction. He's telling Obozo, that ain't me Babe! You're not the one I want Babe, you're not the one I need.

Bill31 said...

Dylan is one of those fellows upon whom much is projected. He is widely presumed to be some sort of leftist, but hasn't shown the evidence. He is against war (particularly its mechanized horrors) – but not for the enemy. Much of his stuff is personal. I believe that the only politician he ever spoke of favorably was Barry Goldwater.

William said...

bgates, you got me with that one.

mikee said...

Dylan isn't attending the Nobel awards ceremony because of "other commitments."

Here's hoping he fulfills the requirement to get his Nobel monetary award along with the medal: he must present a Nobel Lecture within 6 months of the awarding. I am unsure if he has to do so at some particular location or to some Nobel-associated group, or if just standing up for 5 minutes and riffing at a concert venue would suffice. But the award is close to a million bucks, so let's hope his manager (Does he have one? I'd suppose so!) pencils something in so Bob gets his medal and the cash.

Bad Lieutenant said...

bgates said...
I don't see what the big deal is - even if he is a Nobel laureate, the fact is he's a has-been who's famous only because a bunch of hippies unaccountably consider his blathering to be profound, and I understand why Dylan doesn't want anything to do with him.

11/30/16, 10:51 PM


Sir, you win.

Cap'n Rusty said...

I wish that for just one time
You could stand inside my shoes
And just for that one moment
I could be you

Yes, I wish that for just one time
You could stand inside my shoes
You’d know what a drag it is
To see you

Meade said...

Idiot wind
blowin through the Nobels
on our shelves

We are idiots, O
It's a wonder we can
even insure ourselves

Someone Else said...

Been shooting in the dark too long
When somethin’s not right it’s wrong
Yer gonna make me lonesome when you go

traditionalguy said...

For the record a Messianic Jew is a Jew that has a relationship with the Messiah. They are still 100% Jewish and have only gained a knowledge of the Son of David, a/k/a the Messiah.

mikee said...

I'm going the extra mile here with a comment linking to the folks who take care of Bob Dylan: http://famous-relationships.topsynergy.com/Bob_Dylan/Contact.asp

Let's make sure Bob fulfills the requirements to get his Nobel payday! Call, text or email these fine managers, agents, lawyers to insure Dylan's legacy as recipient of the Nobel!

Robert Blair said...

There are no Dems inside the Gates of Eden ...

Robert Blair said...

bgates - double-plus good.

Eve'sBlog said...

I think the reason Dylan went electric at Newport was that he was sick to death of commie folkies.

Left Bank of the Charles said...

He couldn't very well go to the White House when he is not going to Stockholm.