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Bridget Johnson


May 29, 2012 - 2:51 pm

President Obama lauded Medal of Freedom honorees today at the White House ranging from Bob Dylan to Madeleine Albright.

He pointed out Dolores Huerta co-founding what would become United Farm Workers with Cesar Chavez, noting that she “was a single mother of seven children, so she obviously didn’t have a lot of free time.”

Obama said Huerta has urged people to get involved and demand their rights: “You can’t wait to be invited” to have a seat at the table, he said, but you have to “step in” and demand it.

“She was very polite when I told her I had stolen her slogan, ‘Si se puede’ — ‘Yes, we can,’” Obama said.

Of Dylan, who wore his sunglasses throughout the ceremony, Obama said he’s a “really big fan.” In college, the president said in his remarks, he listened to Dylan and “my whole world opened up.”

Before the event began, according to the White House pool report, a pianist from the Marine Corps band played Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice — It’s Alright” as guests mingled in the reception hall and filed into the East Room.

“It’s our job to help let them know how extraordinary their impact has been on our lives,” Obama said of the medal recipients.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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