Ellen DeGeneres endorses Amanda Gorman for president in 2036
Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman already has one high-profile endorsement for her potential future White House bid: Ellen DeGeneres.
The daytime TV host told Gorman — who became an instant sensation after reading her poem “The Hill We Climb” at President Biden’s inauguration last week — that she would get behind her presidential campaign in 2036.
“I want to be one of the first to give you my official endorsement,” DeGeneres told Gorman, the first youth poet laureate of the United States, in an interview on her Tuesday show.
“We’re behind you 100 percent,” DeGeneres added, offering up an assortment of Gorman-themed campaign gear, including pins and T-shirts.
Gorman, who at 22 isn’t eligible to make a White House run for another 13 years, has said it’s long been a dream of hers to be elected commander in chief.
“This is a dream that I think came into existence around sixth grade,” she told DeGeneres. “I had a math teacher who said kind of somewhat jokingly — because I was a very passionate, feisty girl, as I am today — you should run for president.”
“I was like, you know what? That tracks. Let’s put that on the bulletin board for the future,” Gorman continued.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 26, 2021
The poet said her twin sister and the rest of her family take her presidential pledge seriously because “they know when I say something I mean business.”
“In college my twin sister would be at like parties and people would be posting things on Snapchat or whatever. And she would say, ‘Don’t get a photo of me, my sister is running for president in 25 years from now. I can’t have an image coming up,'” Gorman said.
“So we all really hold ourselves accountable to the dream.”
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