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Topic - Richard Blanco
A Maine poet who spoke at the presidential inauguration says he hopes a visiting writers program will help to create a new generation of readers who appreciate poetry.
Inaugural poet Richard Blanco is helping Maine's Gould Academy show that there's more to the prep school than ski programs.
President Obama's inaugural event Monday was historical on several counts: Mr. Obama, of course, is the first black man to take the oath of executive office for two times. Mr. Obama's poet, Richard Blanco, was the first Hispanic to recite the inaugural poem. And Mr. Obama is the first U.S. president to use the word "gay" — twice — in his inaugural address in reference to sexuality.
Text of poem "One Today" written and recited by Richard Blanco at the ceremonial swearing-in ceremony of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, as provided by the Presidential Inaugural Committee:
The pastor chosen to deliver the benediction at President Obama's inauguration withdrew from the ceremony Thursday after gay-rights groups complained that he once referred to homosexuality as a "sin."
President Barack Obama can expect some sweet serenades at his inauguration ceremony, with hit-makers Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor scheduled to perform.
President Obama can expect some sweet serenades at his inauguration ceremony, with hitmakers Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor on tap to perform some of the country's most patriotic songs.
Richard Blanco on Thursday announced that the Gould Academy program's first participating writer, poet Spencer Reece, will spend two weeks in Bethel next month.
Blanco describes writing the inaugural poem in his new book, “For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey.” A Cuban-American who grew up in Miami, Blanco says he was he was forced to re-examine his relationship with his adopted country in the weeks leading up to the inauguration.