Obama Chooses New England Poet For Inauguration
President Obama has chosen the inaugural poet for his second inauguration. Just as John F. Kennedy picked Robert Frost, Obama also chose a New England poet — Richard Blanco.
Blanco currently resides in Bethel, Maine, but grew up Miami, Florida, the son of Cuban exiles.
He is the first Latino, the first gay man and the youngest person (at age 44) to be chosen to read a poem at a presidential inauguration.
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