“It’s greater than me, it’s greater than Obama, it’s greater than even Beyonce”
PORTLAND, Maine — When the presidential inauguration occurred eight years in the past, Richard Blanco was nervous about tripping over his phrases and tripping over his ft. There was good motive to be uneasy. He was about to ship a poem on the swearing-in of Barack Obama in entrance of an estimated a million folks on the Capitol and tens of hundreds of thousands watching on TV.
“My nerves aren’t product of metal,” he says as he reminisces about that day. But he felt moderately composed, regardless that it was not possible to not be keenly conscious of all the things unfolding round him.
Blanco, a self-described working-class child who grew up in a Cuban immigrant household in Miami and now lives in Bethel, discovered the pageantry and custom of the inauguration each uplifting and calming. “You are feeling that there’s one thing bigger than your self. There’s one thing actually reverent about it,” he says. “I at all times really feel it’s like America renews its vows with itself. It’s virtually a sacred second. And so your ego goes away slightly bit. You notice it’s greater than me, it’s greater than Obama, it’s greater than even Beyonce [who sang the national anthem],” he says with fun.
The temper of the nation is sharply completely different from what it was eight years in the past, and Joe Biden has made it clear that one in all his goals is to construct bridges amongst People who’re bitterly divided. Blanco has a couple of ideas on the topic. “I’m additionally an engineer,” he says with a pleasant contact of droll humor. “I’ve constructed bridges up to now so I do at all times name myself a poet-engineer.”
So what does this poet-engineer take into consideration the state of our union? Watch our interview to seek out out.