You might think so but there is no such tradition, read the article to find out it's occurred at just 3 other ones .
I wonder who Obama would pick ?
Some itinerant folk poet, still singing the blues down in Mississippi ?
Some poor poet living in a cold-water flat on the lower east side ?
Surprise, surprise ... it's a woman
a black woman
a black woman professor
a black woman professor at an Ivy League college.
a black woman professor at an Ivy League college who is the head of the Yale Afro-American dept.
a black woman professor at an Ivy League college who is the head of the Yale Afro-American dept AND attended the most exlusive private schools when growing up, such as Sidwell Friends in D.C. , same school that his daughters will attend , as did Chelsea Clinton.
What a coincidence, to find that the best candidate is a bff .
The audacity of change ! What a bold unexpected move!
And we all know that Ivy grads and Profs are the best. How do we know it ? Because they themselves tell us :
Asked if she thought that the friendship played a role in her being picked for the inauguration, she said no. The Obamas have many friends and know other poets, she said.
“One of the things we’ve seen with every choice he’s made is that it’s based on what he perceives as excellence,” Ms. Alexander said. “I don’t think you would let friendship determine who you chose to do something like this. You can do lots of things to be nice to your friends — you can invite them to an inaugural ball. But I don’t think friends have to do each other this kind of favor.”