Bob Dylan was conspicuously absent from the Oval Office, but President Barack Obama hosted four of America's other 2016 Nobel Laureates, all of whom were migrants.
Characteristically, Dylan left Obama - like the Nobel Committee - Blowin' in the wind.
"Unfortunately, Bob Dylan will not be at the White House today," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest yesterday.
Dylan has also indicated that he will skip the Nobel award ceremony in December. But the self-confessed science nerd president was not deterred.
With just a couple of months left in office and his successor Donald Trump promising hard-line immigration policies, Obama noted America's magnetic ability to draw top talent from around the world.
Obama was hosting Physics laureates Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz as well as fellow prize winners Oliver Hart, (Economic Sciences) and Fraser Stoddart (Chemistry).
All four were born in Britain, but live and work in the United States.