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Hillary Clinton Says Inauguration Poet Amanda Gorman 'Promises' To Run For President

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Hillary Clinton Says Inauguration Poet Amanda Gorman 'Promises' To Run For President

Hilary Clinton has said talented poet Amanda Gorman, who wowed viewers of yesterday's inauguration, has 'promised' she will one day run for president.

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Gorman called for 'unity and togetherness' with her poem The Hill We Climb, which began: "When day comes, we ask ourselves where can we find light in this never-ending shade?"

Before going on to say: "We've seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it, would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy.

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"And this effort very nearly succeeded. But while democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated."

And, much like most of us who saw Gorman's recital, Clinton was seriously impressed by the 22-year-old.

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So much so, she's already keen to support Gorman in any future presidential campaign.

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Tweeting after meeting the poet, Clinton said: "Wasn't Amanda Gorman's poem just stunning? She's promised to run for president in 2036 and I for one can't wait."

While Gorman herself seemed to hint that she's got her eyes on the top job, too, her poem contained the lines: "A skinny Black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president, only to find herself reciting for one."

In an interview with the New York Times all the way back in 2017, Gorman proudly announced she would be running one day.

She told the publication: "This is a long, long, faraway goal, but 2036 I am running for office to be president of the United States.

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"So, you can put that in your iCloud calendar."

And she's certainly got plenty of time to work on her potential campaign, as according to US rules, candidates must be 35 to run for presidency.

In the meantime, Gorman has already made history becoming the youngest poet to ever recite at an inauguration, which is a pretty impressive achievement; while also being the US's first ever youth poet laureate - a title she received while just 18.

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Speaking to the BBC before her performance, Gorman said: "I really wanted to use my words to be a point of unity and collaboration and togetherness.

"I think it's about a new chapter in the United States, about the future, and doing that through the elegance and beauty of words."

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Topics: US News, Politics

Claire Reid
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