Bob Dylan decides not to go knockin' on Obama's door

When the President calls, most people come running – unless you're Bob Dylan.
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Question: What's rarer than winning a Nobel Prize and meeting the president in the Oval Office?

Answer: Getting Bob Dylan to attend anything.

After shunning an invite to accept his Nobel Prize for Literature at a ceremony in Sweden on Dec. 10, saying he had prior commitments, the legendary folk artist and Minnesota native declined another invitation on Wednesday.

The Associated Press reports Dylan was not among the U.S.-based recipients of this year's Nobel Prizes who met with President Barack Obama at the White House on Wednesday.

Four did attend, the winners of the prizes for Physics (Duncan Haldane and J. Michael Kosterlitz), Economic Sciences (Oliver Hart), and Chemistry (Sir J. Fraser Stoddart), but this year's most famous winner was a no-show.

"Unfortunately, Bob Dylan will not be at the White House today. So everyone can relax," President Obama’s spokesman, Josh Earnest, told reporters, according to The Hill.

Earnest did not provide any indication of the reason Dylan, who keeps a notoriously low profile, decided not to attend.

It's unlikely that President Obama was too disappointed though. He's a big Dylan fan and at least he got to meet him in 2012 when he awarded the songwriter with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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