There’s a photograph I’ve been seeing a lot lately since Tuesday.  It’s one of those pictures that makes the old statement “a picture is worth a thousand words” ring true, yet in this case it doesn’t seem like a thousand words is even enough.

It’s a photograph of Bob Dylan receiving the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, on Tuesday from President Obama at the White House.

President Obama presents the Medal of Freedom to Bob Dylan at the White House on Tuesday. (Photo by Charles Dharapak/Associated Press)

“I have to say that I am a really big fan,” the President said of Dylan.  “I remember, you know, in college listening to Bob Dylan and my world opening up because he captured something about this country that was so vital.”

What he captured was part of the spirit as a civilian that made America what it is, with the courage to speak up when wrongs are being committed, when injustice is seen and needs to have a spotlight on it.

There’s nothing unpatriotic about that.

Through all the years, through all the songs, through all the performances in which Bob Dylan sang his songs — songs that reflect American freedom — here was a man who’d earned the right to have a Medal of Freedom placed over his chest.

A thousand words just aren’t enough.

Copyright 2012, Daddysangbassdude Media


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