Barack Obama congratulated Bob Dylan


US President Barack Obama on Thursday praised Bob Dylan on what he called his "well deserved" Nobel literature prize, calling the music legend "one of my favorite poets."

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Obama's message on Twitter contained a connection to a Spotify playlist of Dylan's most prominent hits including "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" and "Like A Rolling Stone."

"Congrats to one of my most loved artists, Bob Dylan, on a well-deserved Nobel," Obama tweeted – a message retweeted about 3,000 times in 30 minutes.

The stun Nobel triumph for the 75-year-old Dylan – the main musician to take the prize – shocked prize watchers.

He was respected "for having made new poetic expressions inside the considerable American melody convention," the Swedish Academy said.

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