Is he having his gay-hatin' preacher, Rev. Wrong, again?
No, the invokation is going to be given by Medgar Evers' widow Myrlie Evers-Williams.
The Voice of the Night
And he's hot.
Damn I didn't know there was a competition. I coulda written an inaugural poem!
I can guarantee I'd do a better job than that kid, who looks like his real job is working out and styling that hair.
I got a scoop on the poem he wrote just for the inauguration:
There once was a man from Havana,
Who thought he could play the piano.
His fingers slipped,
His zipper unzipped.
And out popped his Cuban banana!
Kid? He's 45 years old! I think you may be too old for the Internet, R6.
Richard Blanco is smart, talented, and HOT! Definitely husband material. Sadly, he is already taken.
Of course, he HAD to be labeled as "Cuban" because, you know, just being "gay" would cause a bit too much heat. We needed a deflector. ..Just in case.
Obama needs to have all groups represented at his Inauguration. With Richard Blanco, he tskes care of both gays and Hispanics.
I'd rather see Maya Angelou after a couple bloody mary's.
Kelly Clarkson is singing "America, the Beautiful."
Kelly 'I backed Ron Paul' Clarkson? wow.
They said he was cuban so you knew he had a big cock.
All right, I have to play devil's advocate here. This guy was chosen because he's Latino and gay. And ok, I'm all for visibility and having a seat at the table.
But how about, for once, we honor the truly amazing poets in this country, regardless of their demographic? There's not much indication this guy is truly among the best poets this country has to offer. I don't like seeing poetry used as nothing more than a boost for minority self-esteem.
I'd let him blow me.
Pres. Obama believes in quotas, and he's got a trifecta in Blanco.
He then appeases the opposite demographic: fat stupid rightwingers, with the fundie Chik-Fil-A fuckwad religious nutbag doing the homily, or whatever religious crap he'll be spewing.
To counter all that GAYNESS...
Obama Managed to Find Another Inauguration Pastor Who Thinks Gay People Are Evil
Louie Giglio is the new Rick Warren: Just like last time, President Obama's inauguration will feature a prayer from a religious leader with a history of anti-gay remarks. Giglio, the pastor of the Passion City megachurch in Atlanta, will deliver the benediction, according to an announcement today, while the less controversial Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of murdered civil rights leader Medgar Evers, will give the invocation. It didn't take long for ThinkProgress to track down Giglio's mid-nineties sermon "In Search of a Standard – Christian Response to Homosexuality" (available here as an mp3!). "Homosexuality is sin," he says. "If you want to hear God's voice, that is his voice to this issue of homosexuality. It is not ambiguous and unclear. It is very clear."
We've heard this kind of stuff before. Giglio compares being gay to alcoholism and overeating; says homosexuals aren't getting into heaven; calls it a lifestyle; and begs them to change. "And the only way out of a homosexual lifestyle, the only way out of a relationship that has been engrained over years of time, is through the healing power of Jesus," he preaches. "It's not easy to change, but it is possible to change."
Granted this was a long time ago, but that's some pretty definitive language. "A spokesman for Giglio was not immediately available to respond to questions about whether this sermon represents Giglio's current thinking," according to ThinkProgress.
Salon also points to Giglio's 2006 book Wired: For a Life of Worship, which says teenagers are "wired for the opposite sex, for sure," as well as a 2010 endorsement from the anti-gay American Family Association. Additional raving about Giglio can be found at GayandSaved.com.
In 2008, Obama's selection of Warren was seen as a conciliatory gesture toward conservative Christians, but also considered something of a betrayal by his progressive supporters. As if anticipating the same reaction this time around, Giglio said in a statement, "During these days it is essential for our nation to stand together as one. And, as always, it is the right time to humble ourselves before our Maker."
And for the record, Giglio's dad created the Chick-Fil-A logo.
That makes sense, R21. Robert Frost is a 'safe' poet - I know someone will deny this, but he is very plainly spoken compared to people like Gerard Manley Hopkins or John Ashbery - and Maya Angelou's later poetry is also very 'safe'. This guy's work is probably something so anodyne and cliche that no one could be offended.
Why does Obama find it necessary to counter every gay affirmative act with an anti-gay act?
This Louie Giglio anti-gay pastor does not add anything to Obama's legacy or beliefs. Unless Obama is still not quite comfortable with the gays.
To be fair the pastor is the hottest thing on the youth revival circuit. That he is also anti-gay is a given.
WTF?! I can't believe Obama will have a fucking aggressively anti-gay minister giving the benediction! Just when you think they're for justice & equality for us they go and make like unwanted guests at the inauguration.
Who can go listen to this hateful ignorant pig now? It's ruined yet another inauguration with hate.
Garrison Keillor is exactly right, though. No one is there to here an obscure poem, especially when it is 25 degrees outside. The WAPO music critic had an article that basically said the same thing about the inclusion of classical music as being "music at its most utilitarian: It represents art without necessarily being art." The whole inauguration ceremony has gotten out of hand. They should just do the swearing in somewhere inside and then maybe have a parade.
For the record, Rev. Louie Giglio is no longer giving the benediction at Obama's inauguration.
Richard Blanco is gay and Cuban, which gives him twice the hotness.
[quote]They should just do the swearing in somewhere inside and then maybe have a parade.
For RR's second inaugural, the weather turned bitter cold so they moved it inside and cancelled the parade. Millions of dollars down the drain.
"Ode to My Uncut Pinga" has a nice ring to it. But Richard Blanco will probably recite a kiss-ass poem, comparing Barry O. to Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and (both) Roosevelts.
Whose his bf?
The press doesn't say, only that Blanco and his partner live together in rural Maine.
My local paper tried to get a statement from Mr. Blanco but had to make do with his straight (but more talkative) brother.