Richard Blanco was the perfect choice for inaugural poet, embodying the rich kaleidoscope of our nation's people. He was conceived in Cuba, born in Spain, and came to the U.S. when he was two months old. Like Obama, he grew up negotiating different identities. And like the president, he loves his country.
The President gave a strong and progressive second inaugural speech, one that resonantly underscored the most important themes he's been promulgating since before anyone even knew who he was. What I don't see is the path that goes from our budget constraints to meeting the aspirations he articulated.