The recently held presidential inauguration in USA was a gala event that saw several artistes taking part in it. Among them, American poet and activist Amanda Gorman left a mark by rendering a moving poetry that was lauded by all.
Sale of the 22-year-old’s book ‘The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough’ saw an upsurge after her speech at Biden’s swearing in ceremony. In an interview, Amanda opened up about what all took place behind the scenes during the ceremony. She got candid and spoke about various little things that caught her attention in the event.
Amanda revealed that former First Lady Michelle Obama was upset with former President Barack Obama at the ceremony. She had a problem with Obama hugging people and getting too close to them amid the pandemic, which is well understandable. The fiery poet said: “And she kind of kept yelling at Barack, like, ‘Stop hugging people. Stop getting close to people.’” Amanda continued, “And then when I was done, she kind of like pushed him out the way and gave me the just the biggest, warmest Michelle Obama hug.”
Amanda also opened up about meeting the former First Lady earlier. She said: “I have met Michelle a few times before. Not Barack. And whenever I meet Michelle I hope that she forgets meeting me, because I just want a do-over. I just want a clean slate. Like, I just want to do it right this time. But she always remembers and she’s always great.”
For the unversed, Amanda’s work focuses on issues of oppression, feminism, race, and marginalization, as well as the African diaspora. She was the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate.