Richard Blanco, a Cuban-American poet whose work has explored his immigrant roots and homosexual awakening, will deliver the poem at President Obama’s inauguration this month, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Wednesday.
Robert Frost became the first inaugural poet when he recited from his work at President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961. Maya Angelou became the second when she appeared at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton in 1993; she also was the first to read an original poem. Miller Williams served the inaugural poet in 1997, followed by Elizabeth Alexander in 2009, the committee said.
In the spirit of inclusiveness, does Barry Obama plan to involve any Orientals in his little shindig?