Dylan and the counterculture sure have evolved

Come gather ’round peopleWherever you roamAnd admit that the watersAround you have grownAnd accept it that soonYou’ll be drenched to the boneIf your time to youIs worth savin’Then you better start swimmin’Or you’ll sink like a stoneFor the times they are a-changin’.

Bob Dylan
The Times They Are A-Changin’

If somebody had told me in the 1960s that Bob Dylan would be honored by the president at the White House, I would have thought that sanity somehow had gotten misplaced in the plastic bag of pot in J. Edgar Hoover’s refrigerator.

After all, I don’t think Dick Nixon was a Dylan fan. Or realized that The Ballad Of A Thin Man was an anthem for freedom fighting.

Well, The Times They Are A-Changin’ even if Dylan these days looks like a breathing relic.

President Obama honored a diverse cross-section of political and cultural icons — including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, astronaut John Glenn, basketball coach Pat Summitt and Dylan — with the Medal of Freedom at a White House ceremony today.

Actually, common sense didn’t get locked in the linen closet with the the medal for Dylan, who for decades has played a major role in the push for freedom of speech.