Obama inauguration: Poet Richard Blanco makes US history
21 January 2013 Last updated at 18:07 GMT
Richard Blanco has become the first Hispanic, openly gay and youngest poet to read a verse during a US presidential inauguration.
The 44-year-old follows in the footsteps of Robert Frost, who was picked by President John F Kennedy when he started the tradition in 1961, and Maya Angelou who was chosen by President Bill Clinton in 1993.
His poem, One Today, reflected on the recent US school shooting in Connecticut.