Robert Frost recited "The Gift Outright" at John F. Kennedy's swearing in in 1961 and became the first ever Inaugural Poet. Since then, there have been only 4 others asked to honor the occasion with a poem. With “One Today” Richard Blanco (pronounced Blonko) became the first immigrant, the first Latino, the first openly gay person - as well as the youngest - to write a poem for the transfer of power. Fitting then that Blanco should be invited to read at Frost Farm in Derry, home of the nation’s first Inaugural Poet.
Yesterday, President Barack Obama took his second oath of office for his second term and outlined his vision for the next four years. Obama borrowed heavily from the Constitution in his speech and gave a hefty nod to Dr. Martin Luther King on his observed birthday. Now the work begins. We'll play excerpts of his speech and try to read between the lines as to what Obama hopes his second term may accomplish.
Governor Maggie Hassan focuses on unity in inauguration speech.
1:00: Hassan closing remarks: "Addressing our challenges will not be easy. It will be hard. But we are Granite Staters and Americans and we are supposed to do hard things. The question is whether we will live up to the grand vision that our founders had. Remember, the notion that we could operate as a true citizen democracy while also becoming an economic force in the world was, at the time, a revolutionary one...
In this time and in this place, let's choose to move our state forward with the optimism and pragmatism that is our hallmark. With "gladness of heart," let's choose to remember what a gift it is to be citizens of the Granite State."