Second inauguration of President Barack Obama
There have been five poems delivered by their poets at inaugurations of U.S. presidents, all of them Democrats.
It began when John F. Kennedy asked Robert Frost to read his poem “The Gift Outright” in 1961.
There was a long gap after that, and then in 1993 Bill Clinton asked Maya Angelou to present a poem at his first inauguration, and this time, it was written for the occasion, “On the Pulse of Morning.”
Clinton next asked Miller Williams to read at his second inauguration in 1997, and Williams gave his poem “Of History and Hope.”
In 2009, Elizabeth Alexander read her “Praise Song for the Day” at the first inauguration of Barack Obama.
In 2013, Obama asked Richard Blanco to read “One Today” at his second inauguration.
Tomorrow, poet Amanda Gorman will read her poem “The Hill We Climb” at the inauguration of Joe Biden.