US President Barack Obama has honoured folk legend Bob Dylan and actor-director Clint Eastwood in a ceremony at the White House.
A statement from the White House hailed Dylan as ‘an icon of youthful rebellion and poetic sensitivity’ and praised Eastwood’s films as ‘essays in individuality, hard truths and the essence of what it means to be American,’ reports starpulse.com.
Both Dylan and Eastwood were not present at the award ceremony. Obama noted the pair’s absence and said: ‘Obviously, their careers have marked the landscape of American culture for decades. They bring us joy, they bring us understanding and insight.’
‘They bring us comfort in the good times and perhaps especially in difficult times in our own lives and the life of our nation,’ he added.
‘Sex and the City’ star Sarah Jessica Parker was among those present at the event.