Inaugural poet goes viral after making history at inauguration

Amanda Gorman, 22, became the youngest poet to read a poem at a presidential inauguration when she recited a piece she wrote after the Capitol riots, titled "The Hill We Climb," on Wednesday.
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We're back with the youngest inaugural poet ever. Amanda Gorman, this extraordinary 22-year-old captivating the world with her moving words yesterday drawing raves from, well, the count is endless all for her inspiring original poem, "The hill we climb." We are going to talk to Amanda live in just a moment but first let's take a look at her remarkable story. It was the moment at the inauguration that made people listen and take notice. Being American is more than a pride we inherit, it's the past we step into and how we repair it. Amanda Gorman just 22 the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. History reading a poem she wrote for the occasion called "The hill we climb." We've braved the belly of the beast. We've learned that quiet isn't always peace and the norms and notions of what just is isn't always just-ice and yet the dawn is ours before we knew it, Joining a list of poets including Robert frost and Maya Angelou. Somehow we've weathered and witnessed a nation that isn't broken but simply unfinished, we the successors of a country and a time where 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. Gorman was only halfway through writing the poem when just two weeks ago, that group of rioters stormed the capitol. She decided to address that moment head on and finished her work that night. We've seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it, would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy, and this effort very nearly succeeded, but while democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated. Her final words reflecting the gravity of the moment. And so we lift our gazes to not what stands between us but before us and close the divide because we know to put our future first we must first put our differences aside. Winning the praise of president Obama and secretary Clinton who wrote, wasn't Amanda Gorman's poem just stuning? She has promised to run for president in 2036 and I for one can't wait. Gorman's poem, a lasting message to us all. For there is always light if only we're brave enough to see it, if only we're brave enough to be it. And joining us live right now, inaugural poet, activist and the author of three upcoming books including "Change sings," Amanda Gorman. Thank you so much for this opportunity to speak with you. Just tell us, first of all, how are you doing this morning? How is it going. I'm doing amazing. It's not often that you wake up on a morning feeling like this. I can only imagine. Let us begin at the beginning. Dr. Jill Biden, she heard you and she had her team reach out to you right away. What was your reaction when you discovered that you would be taking part in such an historic day? Wow, when I was told by the presidential inaugural committee I was overjoyed, I was grateful, I was honestly shocked. I had not been, you know, expecting that at 22 they would trust me with such an honor and you know I was also daunted at the same time. I was honestly scared of writing such a poem. I wasn't sure if I could, you know, do it justice but I'm so glad that I put my best foot forward and did it. Oh, it's so good to hear that you -- yes, you felt the fear, but you walked through it and you did it. And something else that many people don't realize about you. You share something with president Biden. You have a speech impediment. Tell us what yours is and how you've overcome it. Right, so, you know, president Biden has been super open about his stutter. My speech impediment wasn't a stutter but it was dropping several letters that I just could not say for year, most specifically the "R" sound which it would take until, you know, probably I was 20 to say meaning that I couldn't say words like poetry or even Gorman which is my last name and I had to really work at it and practice to get to where I am today. And so when you kept saying rise yesterday, what was going through your -- I know that you were thinking of that. Right, I was kind of like why in the world did I put rise in my poem about five times but also it was this amazing full circle moment for me because I had written this poem three years ago I wouldn't have been able to say it and so it was, you know, me rising, I think as well as the country at that Beautifully said and it's been a way for you to be able to express yourself. All right, Amanda, so you're there on the inaugural stage with all these luminaries then you meet lady gaga and you said you had a special moment with her. What was that? It was so incredible meeting lady gaga. I mean I'm gaga for gaga literally and we kind of just flew to each other like magnets after the ceremony ended and were both crying and just hugging and it was just such a great moment because what she does with music, I aspire to do with poetry so it was great to kind of have that woman-to-woman camaraderie. You certainly do that with your poetry. Social media, your social media just crashed. It's just going through the roof. You can't see all of the reaction, so we have a special message, no one has seen this. This is just for you. Good morning, Amanda Gorman. It's lin-manuel, congrats again on yesterday. The right words in the right order can change the world and you proved that yesterday with your brilliant piece. I'm so incredibly proud of you and I can't wait to see what you write next. Keep changing the world one word at a time. You smashed it! God. I almost fell out of my chair. That's amazing. You did. You smashed it. You absolutely smashed it and to have the confidence to -- though the fearful that you were, confidence to step up there and you had something comforting you on your hand. A ring that was given to you by Oprah. Tell us the significance of that. Right, absolutely. So Oprah wrote to me and we've been in touch for awhile now saying, you know, I bought my Angelou's coat and gloves when she performed the poem at Clinton's inauguration. I love to continue the tradition and buy something for you and so what we settled on was this ring which if you look has a caged bird inside and for me that was to symbolize eye idol, Maya Angelou and that way I could feel like I had Maya close in continuing her tradition. Oprah also bought my earrings as well. She was just so generous and making sure I felt prepared both emotionally and fashionably for the moment. And you were and you have three books that are coming out. Okay, got to ask you, 2036, you running for president? Heck yeah. Love your confidence. You know, Amanda, my momma said we all have gifts. Discover yours and share it with the world. Thank you for sharing yours with the world. We will not be the same because of it. We'll see you. Thank you. Thank you, bless you.

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