Poet Richard Blanco took a lot of heat on twitter today for his awkward inaugural poem that didn’t seem to live up to America’s expectations for national poetry. Just be glad that Blanco’s poem and not actor James Franco’s was chosen for the unique honor, though.
In a poem Franco wrote for the Inauguration he commemorates President Barack Obama for… remembering him from ‘Spiderman.’
Yahoo! News commissioned Franco along with actual Pulitzer Prize winning poets to write inaugural poems reminiscent of the ‘The Gift Outright,’ a poem Robert Frost wrote for John F. Kennedy’s Inauguration in 1961.
Still not sure if Franco has read that one yet.
Below is an excerpt from “Obama in Asheville,” where Franco reminisces about the time Obama said he “knew him from ‘Spider-Man.’ ”
I met Obama once, in D.C., the Correspondents’ Dinner.
I was the guest of Vanity Fair, guided through D.C. by the wife
Of Christopher Hitchens, when he was alive. We went to Hitch’s place,
He had books from floor to ceiling, and said he had read
To Borges, when he was blind, Old Icelandic Eddas—
Then we waited in a private room with the likes of Tom Cruise,
And Katie Holmes, and Claire Danes. When Obama entered
The crowd converged. Finally, I got to shake his hand,
He knew me from Spider-Man.
Please note he gives a shout-out to Christopher Hitchens, Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, and Claire Danes. That’s a lot of shout-outs, Franco.
It seems fitting for one of Hollywood’s insiders to write an inaugural poem, considering the Inauguration was teeming with glamorous stars this year. But while Obama may be the coolest President on the block right now with all of Hollywood behind him, he may want to distance himself from the A-list after reading this creepy poem.
It takes Franco four stanzas to even mention the 44th president. He does, however, stand up for Obama and says he “doesn’t need to face what King Charles once faced,” meaning he doesn’t think Obama should be executed like King Charles was back in the day.
We’re happy to hear Franco doesn’t want to see the President assassinated.
The actor also talks about how he’d like to play Obama in a movie one day and claims he would “win the Academy Award” if he “were to act in the film about Obama.” That’s probably true given Hollywood’s love for liberal-leaning movies. That said, it would be highly entertaining to see the same guy who played Saul in ‘Pineapple Express’ star in a movie about Obama. Franco would do an especially good impression of POTUS during the Choom Gang days, no doubt.