— David Biden, Global Businessman (@DavidJMadeira) April 17, 2015
In celebration of National Poetry Month, President Obama and the first lady hosted a poetry reading at the White House Friday afternoon featuring poet laureate Elizabeth Alexander (not to mention a quick offering by poet Mark Knoller).
Discussing poetry under a portrait of Lincoln. Can only imagine what he was thinkin’. (CBS photo by Eric Washington). pic.twitter.com/TRKy7AXmpl
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) April 17, 2015
The president himself was introduced as a “former teen poet” and recommended that Americans wanting to better understand their country read the works of Langston Hughes and Walt Whitman — perhaps helping to explain why President Bill Clinton gave Monica Lewinsky a copy of “Leaves of Grass,” among other things.
Obama, intro'd as a "former teen poet," marks National #PoetryMonth, says if you want to understand US, read Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes
— lesley clark (@lesleyclark) April 17, 2015
Not surprisingly, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is a Whitman fan as well, recently tweeting this selection.
— L G J (@wcgirl1) April 11, 2015
Ben Shapiro suggests that there’s something even more important than the poetry of Walt Whitman to the American heritage.
Obama thinks we need one of these things to survive. HINT: It is not the thing that will actually help you survive. pic.twitter.com/LETcweAfsY
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) April 17, 2015
@benshapiro yea cause every prepper I know has a book of poetry in the go bag! LOL
— Bill Ruescher (@bill_ruescher) April 17, 2015
@benshapiro give me liberty, or give me poetry
— Brian Rupp (@BrianRupp2) April 17, 2015
@benshapiro I remember when the Germans were stopped at Aachen when we dropped a volume of e.e. cummings on them.
— Paperwork Ninja (@PaperworkNinja) April 17, 2015