Washington, October 13: US President Barack Obama today congratulated Bob Dylan on what he called his “well-deserved” Nobel literature prize, calling the music legend “one of my favorite poets”. Obama’s message on Twitter contained a link to a Spotify playlist of Dylan’s greatest hits including “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” and “Like A Rolling Stone.”

“Congratulations to one of my favorite poets, Bob Dylan, on a well-deserved Nobel,” Obama tweeted — a message retweeted nearly 3,000 times in 30 minutes. The shock Nobel victory for the 75-year-old Dylan — the first songwriter to take the prize — stunned prize watchers. He was honored “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” the Swedish Academy said. Also Read: JNU orders probe into effigy burning of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Dussehra