Richard Blanco has been selected as the inaugural poet for the January 21 inauguration of President Barack Obama, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Wednesday.
"Blanco will be the youngest-ever inaugural poet and the first Hispanic or LGBT person to recite a poem at the swearing-in ceremony," the committee said.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm honored that Richard Blanco will join me and Vice President Biden at our second inaugural,‚ÄĚ Obama said today, according to the committee's statement.
‚ÄúHis contributions to the fields of poetry and the arts have already paved a path forward for future generations of writers. Richard‚Äôs writing will be wonderfully fitting for an inaugural that will celebrate the strength of the American people and our nation‚Äôs great diversity,‚ÄĚ Obama added.
"I‚Äôm beside myself, bestowed with this great honor, brimming over with excitement, awe, and gratitude,‚ÄĚ Blanco, 44, said in a statement.