“America: In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.” —President Obama at his first inauguration seven years ago today. See how far we’ve come.
FDR’s second inauguration was held on January 20, 1937. This was the first presidential inauguration held on January 20th after the passing of the 20th amendment changing the date of the presidential inaugurations.
For Poetry Month we’re revisiting our interview with poet Richard Blanco, who read a poem at President Obama’s second swearing-in. He is the first immigrant, Latino and openly gay poet chosen to read at a presidential inauguration and, at 44, also the youngest. He is the author of the collection Looking for the Gulf Motel, which explores themes of sexuality and home.
In the interview he compares being an engineer–as he is–to being a poet:
“As an engineer … in your designs and whatnot, you’re trained to figure out what’s going to go wrong. That’s how you design a lot of things. You’re like, ‘OK, that’s a decently designed curve there in the road, but what could go wrong? What’s wrong with this design?’ And you’re constantly putting things up to the test and up to the test, and overdesigning and implementing things and safety factors, and if I wasn’t like that already, 25 years of engineering have pretty much reinforced that.”
Maya Angelou was a revered American author, poet, activist, and icon. Because her work was so-far reaching, she often found herself in front of a national audience or at an event of enough significance to be recorded by the federal government - such as presidential inaugurations!
I should have posted this last thursday, but oh well. #ThrowbackThursday
(i had to troll through my FB page to find this, so sorry if it’s a lil blurry)
8 years ago, My mom asked now Speaker of the House -Ryan, to invitations to go see President Obama’s inauguration. Weeks later we received these in the mail, and the hype was astronomic. We were about to witness history, and I skipped a week of school to travel to DC, because watching the First Black President get Inaugurated is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
If you’re ever curious as to how i became interested in politics, domestic and international, this right here is how. It’s been a great 8 years, and honestly, i’m going to miss the First Family.
Happy Inauguration Day! For the President-elect, this day is usually filled with nerves, excitement and…allergies?
President Kennedy was allergic to several furry creatures, so unfortunately they were relegated to watching the proceedings on television. The impact of the new President and his now famous words - “my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country” - on this furry fellow, though, is debatable.