After the re-election of President Barack Obama, Blanco was chosen to serve as the fifth inaugural poet of the United States, following in the footsteps of such great writers as Robert
Frost and Maya Angelou. Blanco wrote "One Today", an original poem for the occasion, which he read at Obama's inauguration ceremony at the Capitol on January 21, 2013. That day confirmed him as an
historical figure: the first Latino, immigrant and gay writer bestowed with such an honor, as well as the youngest ever, at the age of 44.
Blanco continues connecting communities through the art of his occasional poetry. To help heal the emotional wounds of the Boston Marathon bombings, Richard wrote "Boston Strong", a
poem he performed at the TD Boston Garden Benefit Concert and at a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park. He has also written and performed occasional poems for organizations and events such as the
re-opening of the U.S. Embassy in Cuba, Freedom to Marry, the Tech Awards of Silicon Valley and the Fragrance Awards at Lincoln Center.