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Poet Richard Blanco on making history at inauguration: It was an 'incredible honor'

Inaugural poet Richard Blanco on being the first Hispanic and openly gay poet to read at a presidential inauguration. This morning on "Starting Point." Blanco talks with Soledad O'Brien on what it was like to make history.

"It is an incredible honor," Blanco says. "I do feel in some ways that the inaugural poem is something that is sort of a continuum or there's something to be said about what each poem says about where America is in that moment and place and time. And so I wanted to pay sort of honor to the poets that had come before me as well."

See more from the interview in the clip above.

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  1. Bobby French

    Richard, you are now cemented in national history, no one can ever take that from you. Great job with the poem, I look forward to reading more of your poems when my order arrives. I am very proud of you and I am thrilled that you are Out and proud.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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