‘The Hill We Climb’ – Poetry Returns to the Presidential Inauguration

Flowers For Socrates

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.”

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