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演讲文本Ilana Wexler's speech at 2004 Democratic Party Convention (July 27,2004) Ilana Wexler: My name is Ilana Wexler. I'm 12 years old, and I am the founder of "Kids for Kerry." Kids for Kerry is a grassroots organization of kids that support John Kerry, want to help their futures, and get active in politics. When my parents went to see Teresa Heinz Kerry speak, they told me that she was amazing! -- and that they thought John Kerry would make a great President. I decided to find out more about John Kerry. I talk about what I learned by using my As. "A" is America. John Kerry is a hero to America, and he will help our futures. He is a great and positive role model. "B" is Better education. John Kerry wants to make class sizes smaller, so that children get the best part out of learning. He wants to help teachers because being a teacher is educating children, and letting them out into the world to do good things. "C" is Compassion towards children. John Kerry wants to make sure that health care is not a privilege, but it is something that we can all afford. This summer, I was supposed to go to my favorite camp. But instead, I decided to go to the John Kerry office every day. Kids can really help! On KidsforKerry.org, we have an interactive presidential quiz. There are 270 questions for the electoral votes John Kerry will win. Plus, 25 questions to make up for Florida from the last election. Our next goal is to have a petition for "National No Name-Calling Day," a day that the candidates don't say anything negative about one another. When our Vice President had a disagreement with a Democratic senator, he used a REALLY BAD word. If I said that -- If I said that word, I would be put in a "time-out." I think he should be put in a time-out. The last time I saw John Kerry, he grabbed my arm and said, "See you at the convention." And here I am! What will be even more amazing will be the inauguration in January, when we have a new President, knowing that kids have made a difference in this election. To summarize, Teresa Heinz Kerry: Inspirational, amazing! John Kerry: American hero, next President. Kids need -- Kids need positive -- Kids need positive role models in politics. And our Vice President deserves a longgggggg time-out. Kids -- Kids, this is about our futures. Make sure all adults you know get out and vote. We can have a voice today! Thank you!200603/5034Ann Richards:Democratic National Convention Keynote Addressdelivered19July1988, AtlantaGAAUTHENTICITY CERTIFIED:Textversion belowtranscribeddirectlyfromaudioThank you. Thank you. Thank you, very much.Good evening,ladies and gentlemen. Buenas noches, mis amigos.Im delighted to be here withyouthis evening,because after listening to George Bush allthese years, Ifigured youneededto know what a real Texas accentsounds like.Twelve years agoBarbara Jordan, another Texas woman, Barbara made the keynote addressto this convention, and two womenin a hundred and sixty years is about par for the course.Butif you give us a chance, we can perform. After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that FredAstaire did. She just did it backwards and in highheels.I wantto announce to this Nation that in a little more than100 days, the ReaganMeeseDeaverNofzigerPoindexterNorthWeinbergerWattGorsuchLavelleStockmanHaigBorkNoriegaGeorgeBush [era] will be over!You know, tonight I feel a little like I did when Iplayed basketballinthe 8th grade. Ithought Ilooked realcute in my uniform. And then I heard a boy yellfrom the bleachers, ;Make thatbasket, Birdlegs.; And my greatestfear is that same guy is somewhere outthere in theaudience tonight, and hes going to cutme downto size, because where I grewup there reallywasnrsquo;t muchtolerance for selfimportance,people who put on airs.I was born during the Depressionin a little community just outside Waco, and I grewuplistening to Franklin Roosevelt onthe radio. Well, it was back thenthatI came tounderstandthe smalltruths and the hardships that bind neighbors together. Those were real people withreal problems and they hadreal dreams about getting out of the Depression. I can remembersummer nights when wersquo;d put down what we called the Baptist pallet, and we listened tothegrownupstalk. I can stillhear the sound of the dominoes clicking on the marble slab mydaddy had found for a tabletop.I can still hear the laughter of the men telling jokes youwerenrsquo;t supposed tohear talkinabouthow big that old buck deer was, laughin aboutmama puttin Clorox in the well whenthe frog fellin.They talked about war andWashington and what this country needed. They talked straighttalk. And it came from people who were living their lives as best they could.And thatrsquo;s whatwersquo;re gonna dotonight. Wersquo;re gonna tellhow the cow ate the cabbage.Transcription byMichaelE. Eidenmuller. Copyright Status: Restricted, seek permission.Page1AmericanRhetoric.comI got a letter last week from a young mother in Lorena, Texas, and I wanna part of it toyou. She writes,;Our worries go from pay day to pay day, justlike millions of others. And we have twofairlydecentincomes, butI worry how Irsquo;m going to pay the rising car insurance and food. I pray mykids donrsquo;thave a growthspurtfrom August toDecember, soI donrsquo;thave to buy newjeans. We buy clothes atthe budget stores andwe have them fray and fade and stretch in thefirst wash. We ponder and try to figure out howwere gonna pay for college and braces andtennis shoes. We donrsquo;ttake vacations and we donrsquo;t go out to eat. Please donrsquo;t thinkmeungrateful. We have jobs and a nice place tolive, and wersquo;re healthy. Were the people you seeevery day inthe grocery stores, and we obey the laws. We pay our taxes. We fly our flags onholidays and we plod along trying to make it better for ourselves and our children and ourparents. We arenrsquo;tvocal any more. Ithink maybe wersquo;re too tired.I believe that people like usare forgottenin America.;Well of course you believe yoursquo;re forgotten, because youhave been.This Republican Administrationtreats us as if we were pieces of a puzzle that canrsquo;t fittogether. Theyve tried to put us into compartments and separate us from each other. Theirpoliticaltheory is ;divide and conquer.;Theyrsquo;ve suggested time and time again that whatis ofinterest to one group of Americans is not of interest to any one else. Wersquo;ve beenisolated.Wersquo;ve beenlumped intothatsad phraseology called ;special interests.;Theyrsquo;ve told farmersthatthey were selfish, thatthey would drive up food prices if they asked the government tointervene on behalf of the family farm, and we watched farms go on the auction block whilewe boughtfood from foreign countries. Well, thatrsquo;s wrong!They told working mothers itrsquo;s alltheir faulttheirfamilies are falling apart because they hadto go to work to keep their kids in jeans and tennis shoes and college.And theyrsquo;re wrong!!They told Americanlabor they were trying to ruin free enterprise by asking for 60 daysrsquo; noticeof plant closings, and thatrsquo;s wrong.And they told the autoindustry and the steelindustry andthe timber industry and the oil industry, companies being threatened by foreign productsflooding this country, thatyoursquo;re ;protectionist;if youthink the government should enforceour trade laws. And thatis wrong.Whenthey belittle us for demanding clean air and cleanwater for trying tosave the oceans and the ozone layer, thatrsquo;s wrong.No wonder wefeelisolated and confused.We want answers and their answer is that;something is wrong with you.;Wellnothings wrong with you. Nothingrsquo;s wrong withyouthatyou canrsquo;t fix in November!Wersquo;ve beentold Wersquo;vebeentold thatthe interests of the South and the Southwest are notthe same interests as the North and the Northeast. They pit one group against theother. Theyve divided this country and in our isolation we think governmentisnrsquo;t gonna helpus, and were alone in our feelings. We feel forgotten. Well, the fact is that we are not anisolated piece of their puzzle.We are one nation. We are the ed States of America.Transcription byMichaelE. Eidenmuller. Copyright Status: Restricted, seek permission.Page2AmericanRhetoric.comNow we Democrats believe that America is still the county of fair play, that we can come outof a smalltown or a poor neighborhood and have the same chance as anyone else. and itdoesnrsquo;t matter whether we are black or Hispanic or disabled or a women [sic]. We believe thatAmerica is a country where small business owners mustsucceed, because they are thebedrock, backbone of our economy.We believe that our kids deserve good daycareand public schools. We believe our kidsdeserve public schools where students can learn and teachers canteach. And we wannabelieve that our parents will have a good retirement and that we will too. We Democratsbelieve that socialsecurity is a pact that cannot be broken.We wanna believe that we canlive out our liveswithoutthe terrible fear that an illness isgoing to bankrupt us and our children. We Democrats believe thatAmerica can overcome anyproblem, including the ded disease called AIDS. We believe that America is still a countrywhere there is more tolife than just a constantstruggle for money. And we believe thatAmerica musthave leaders who show us that our struggles amountto something andcontribute tosomething larger leaderswho want us tobe all that we can be.We want leaders like Jesse Jackson. Jesse Jackson is a leader and a teacher who can open ourhearts and open our minds and stir our very souls. And he has taughtus that we are as goodas our capacity for caring, caring aboutthe drug problem, caring aboutcrime, caring abouteducation, and caring about each other.Now, incontrast, the greatestnation of the free world has had a leader for eight straightyears that has pretendedthathe can nothear our questions over the noise of the helicopters.And we knowhe doesnrsquo;t wanna answer. But we have a lot of questions. And when we get ourquestions asked, or there is a leak, or an investigation the only answer we getis, ;I donrsquo;tknow,; or ;I forgot.;But you wouldnrsquo;t acceptthat answer from your children. I wouldnrsquo;t. Donrsquo;t tell me ;youdonrsquo;tknow; or ;you forgot.;Were not going to have the America that we wantuntil we electleaders who are gonna tell the truth. not most days but every day. leaders whodonrsquo;t forgetwhat they donrsquo;t wantto remember. And for eight straightyears George Bushhasnrsquo;t displayedthe slightest interestin anything we care about. And now that hes after a job that he canrsquo;tget appointed to, hes like Columbus discovering America. Hersquo;s found child care.Hersquo;s foundeducation. Poor George.He canrsquo;t help it. He was born with a silver footin his mouth.Well, no wonder. No wonder we canrsquo;t figure it out. Because the leadership of this nationistelling us one thing on TV and doing something entirely different. They tellus Theytellusthattheyre fighting a war againstterrorists. And then we find outthat the White House isselling arms tothe Ayatollah. They Theytell us that theyrsquo;re fighting a war on drugs andthen people come on TV and testify that the CIAand the DEA and the FBI knewthey wereflying drugs intoAmerica all along.And theyrsquo;re negotiating with a dictator who is shovelingcocaine into this country like crazy.I guess thatrsquo;s their Central American strategy.Transcription byMichaelE. Eidenmuller. Copyright Status: Restricted, seek permission.Page3AmericanRhetoric.comNow they tellus that employment rates are great, and that theyrsquo;re for equal opportunity. Butwe knowit takes two paychecks to make ends meet today, whenitused totake one.And theopportunity theyrsquo;re so proud of is lowwage,deadendjobs.And there is no major city inAmerica where you cannotsee homeless men sitting in parking lots holding signs that say, ;Iwill work for food.;Now my friends, we really are at a crucial pointinAmericanhistory. Under this Administrationwe have devoted our resources into making this country a military colossus. But wersquo;ve let oureconomic lines of defense fallinto disrepair. The debt of this nation is greater thanit has everbeen in our history. We fought a world war on less debtthanthe Republicans have builtup inthe last eight years. Youknow, itrsquo;s kind of like that brotherinlawwho drives a flashy newcar, buthersquo;s always borrowing money from youto make the payments.Well, butletrsquo;s take what they are most proudest of thatis their stand of defense. WeDemocrats are committed to a strong America,and, quite frankly, when our leaders say tous,;We need a new weapons system,; our inclination is to say, ;Well, they must be right.;Butwhen we pay billions for planes that wonrsquo;t fly, billions for tanks that wonrsquo;t fire, and billions forsystems that wonrsquo;t work, ;that old dog wonrsquo;thunt.;And you donrsquo;thave to be from Wacotoknowthat when the Pentagon makes crooks rich and doesnrsquo;t make America strong, that itrsquo;s abum deal.Now Irsquo;m going totellyou, Im really gladthat our young people missed the Depression andmissed the greatBigWar. But I do regret that they missed the leaders that Iknew, leaderswho told us when things were tough, and that wersquo;d have to sacrifice, and that thesedifficulties mightlast for a while. They didnrsquo;t tell us things were hard for us because we weredifferent, or isolated, or specialinterests. They broughtus together and they gave us a senseof national purpose. They gave us Social Security and they told us they were setting up asystem where we could pay our ownmoney in, and when the time came for our retirement wecould take the money out. People in the rural areas were told that we deserved tohaveelectric lights, and they were gonna harness the energy that was necessary to give uselectricity somy grandmamma didnrsquo;thave to carry that old coal oillamp around. And theytold us that they were gonna guarant[ee] whenwe put our money in the bank, thatthemoney was going to be there, and it was going to be insured.They did not lie tous.And Ithink one of the saving graces of Democrats is that we are candid. We talk straighttalk. We tell people what we think. And thattradition and those values live today in MichaelDukakis from Massachusetts.Michael Dukakis knows thatthis country is on the edge of a great new era, that wersquo;re notafraid of change, that wersquo;re for thoughtful, truthful, strong leadership.Behind his calm therersquo;san impatience tounifythis country and to get on withthe future. His instincts are deeplyAmerican. Theyrsquo;re tough and theyrsquo;re generous.And personally, Ihave totell you that I havenever met a man whohad a more remarkable sense about what is really importantin life.Transcription byMichaelE. Eidenmuller. Copyright Status: Restricted, seek permission.Page4AmericanRhetoric.comAnd thentherersquo;s my friend and my teacher for many years, Senator Lloyd Bentsen. And Icouldnrsquo;t be prouder,both as a Texan and as a Democrat, because Lloyd Bentsen understandsAmerica.From the barrioto the boardroom, he knows how to bring us together, by regions,by economics, and by example. And hersquo;s aly beaten George Bush once.So, whenit comes right downto it, this electionis a contest betweenthose who are satisfiedwith what they have and those who know we can do better. Thatrsquo;s what this electionis reallyall about. Itrsquo;s aboutthe American dream thosewho want tokeep it for the few and thosewho know it must be nurtured and passed along.Irsquo;m a grandmother now. And Ihave one nearly perfect granddaughter named Lily. And whenIhold that grandbaby, I feelthe continuity of lifethatunites us, that binds generation togeneration, thatties us witheach other. And sometimes I spthatBaptist pallet out on thefloor, and Lily and I roll a ball back and forth. And I think of all the families like mine,like theone in Lorena,Texas, like the ones that nurture children all across America.And as I look atLily, Iknowthatit is withinfamilies that we learn boththe need to respectindividual humandignity and to work together for our common good.Within our families, within our nation, itis the same.And as I sit there, I wonder if shersquo;llever grasp the changes Irsquo;ve seenin my life ifshersquo;lleverbelieve that there was a time whenblacks could not drink from public water fountains, whenHispanic children were punished for speaking Spanishinthe public schools, and womencouldnrsquo;t vote.I think of all the political fights Irsquo;ve fought, and allthe compromises Irsquo;ve hadto accept as partpayment. And I think of all the small victories that have added up to national triumphs and allthe things that would never have happened andallthe people who wouldrsquo;ve been left behindif we had not reasoned and fought and won those battles together. And I will tell Lily thatthose triumphs were Democratic Party triumphs.I wantso muchto tell Lily howfar wersquo;ve come,you and I. And as the ball rolls back and forth,I wanttotellher howvery lucky she is that forall our difference, we are still the greatestnation onthis good earth. And our strengthlies in the men and women who goto work everyday, who struggle to balance their family and their jobs, and who should never, ever beforgotten.I justhope that like her grandparents and her greatgrandparentsbefore that Lily goes on toraise her kids with the promise thatechoes in homes all across America: that we can dobetter, and thatrsquo;s what this electionis all about.Thank youvery much. /201205/182141

Download Video: mp4 (314MB) | mp3 (30MB) THE PRESIDENT: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, and fellow Americans:Tonight we meet at an urgent time for our country. We continue to face an economic crisis that has left millions of our neighbors jobless, and a political crisis that’s made things worse. This past week, reporters have been asking, “What will this speech mean for the President? What will it mean for Congress? How will it affect their polls, and the next election?”But the millions of Americans who are watching right now, they don’t care about politics. They have real-life concerns. Many have spent months looking for work. Others are doing their best just to scrape by -- giving up nights out with the family to save on gas or make the mortgage; postponing retirement to send a kid to college. These men and women grew up with faith in an America where hard work and responsibility paid off. They believed in a country where everyone gets a fair shake and does their fair share -- where if you stepped up, did your job, and were loyal to your company, that loyalty would be rewarded with a decent salary and good benefits; maybe a raise once in a while. If you did the right thing, you could make it. Anybody could make it in America. For decades now, Americans have watched that compact erode. They have seen the decks too often stacked against them. And they know that Washington has not always put their interests first. The people of this country work hard to meet their responsibilities. The question tonight is whether we’ll meet ours. The question is whether, in the face of an ongoing national crisis, we can stop the political circus and actually do something to help the economy. (Applause.) The question is -- the question is whether we can restore some of the fairness and security that has defined this nation since our beginning. Those of us here tonight can’t solve all our nation’s woes. Ultimately, our recovery will be driven not by Washington, but by our businesses and our workers. But we can help. We can make a difference. There are steps we can take right now to improve people’s lives. I am sending this Congress a plan that you should pass right away. It’s called the American Jobs Act. There should be nothing controversial about this piece of legislation. Everything in here is the kind of proposal that’s been supported by both Democrats and Republicans -- including many who sit here tonight. And everything in this bill will be paid for. Everything. (Applause.)The purpose of the American Jobs Act is simple: to put more people back to work and more money in the pockets of those who are working. It will create more jobs for construction workers, more jobs for teachers, more jobs for veterans, and more jobs for long-term unemployed. (Applause.) It will provide -- it will provide a tax break for companies who hire new workers, and it will cut payroll taxes in half for every working American and every small business. (Applause.) It will provide a jolt to an economy that has stalled, and give companies confidence that if they invest and if they hire, there will be customers for their products and services. You should pass this jobs plan right away. (Applause.) Everyone here knows that small businesses are where most new jobs begin. And you know that while corporate profits have come roaring back, smaller companies haven’t. So for everyone who speaks so passionately about making life easier for “job creators,” this plan is for you. (Applause.)Pass this jobs bill -- pass this jobs bill, and starting tomorrow, small businesses will get a tax cut if they hire new workers or if they raise workers’ wages. Pass this jobs bill, and all small business owners will also see their payroll taxes cut in half next year. (Applause.) If you have 50 employees -- if you have 50 employees making an average salary, that’s an ,000 tax cut. And all businesses will be able to continue writing off the investments they make in 2012. It’s not just Democrats who have supported this kind of proposal. Fifty House Republicans have proposed the same payroll tax cut that’s in this plan. You should pass it right away. (Applause.) Pass this jobs bill, and we can put people to work rebuilding America. Everyone here knows we have badly decaying roads and bridges all over the country. Our highways are clogged with traffic. Our skies are the most congested in the world. It’s an outrage. Building a world-class transportation system is part of what made us a economic superpower. And now we’re going to sit back and watch China build newer airports and faster railroads? At a time when millions of unemployed construction workers could build them right here in America? (Applause.) There are private construction companies all across America just waiting to get to work. There’s a bridge that needs repair between Ohio and Kentucky that’s on one of the busiest trucking routes in North America. A public transit project in Houston that will help clear up one of the worst areas of traffic in the country. And there are schools throughout this country that desperately need renovating. How can we expect our kids to do their best in places that are literally falling apart? This is America. Every child deserves a great school -- and we can give it to them, if we act now. (Applause.) The American Jobs Act will repair and modernize at least 35,000 schools. It will put people to work right now fixing roofs and windows, installing science labs and high-speed Internet in classrooms all across this country. It will rehabilitate homes and businesses in communities hit hardest by foreclosures. It will jumpstart thousands of transportation projects all across the country. And to make sure the money is properly spent, we’re building on reforms we’ve aly put in place. No more earmarks. No more boondoggles. No more bridges to nowhere. We’re cutting the red tape that prevents some of these projects from getting started as quickly as possible. And we’ll set up an independent fund to attract private dollars and issue loans based on two criteria: how badly a construction project is needed and how much good it will do for the economy. (Applause.)This idea came from a bill written by a Texas Republican and a Massachusetts Democrat. The idea for a big boost in construction is supported by America’s largest business organization and America’s largest labor organization. It’s the kind of proposal that’s been supported in the past by Democrats and Republicans alike. You should pass it right away. (Applause.)Pass this jobs bill, and thousands of teachers in every state will go back to work. These are the men and women charged with preparing our children for a world where the competition has never been tougher. But while they’re adding teachers in places like South Korea, we’re laying them off in droves. It’s unfair to our kids. It undermines their future and ours. And it has to stop. Pass this bill, and put our teachers back in the classroom where they belong. (Applause.)Pass this jobs bill, and companies will get extra tax credits if they hire America’s veterans. We ask these men and women to leave their careers, leave their families, risk their lives to fight for our country. The last thing they should have to do is fight for a job when they come home. (Applause.)Pass this bill, and hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged young people will have the hope and the dignity of a summer job next year. And their parents -- (applause) -- their parents, low-income Americans who desperately want to work, will have more ladders out of poverty.Pass this jobs bill, and companies will get a ,000 tax credit if they hire anyone who has spent more than six months looking for a job. (Applause.) We have to do more to help the long-term unemployed in their search for work. This jobs plan builds on a program in Georgia that several Republican leaders have highlighted, where people who collect unemployment insurance participate in temporary work as a way to build their skills while they look for a permanent job. The plan also extends unemployment insurance for another year. (Applause.) If the millions of unemployed Americans stopped getting this insurance, and stopped using that money for basic necessities, it would be a devastating blow to this economy. Democrats and Republicans in this chamber have supported unemployment insurance plenty of times in the past. And in this time of prolonged hardship, you should pass it again -- right away. (Applause.)Pass this jobs bill, and the typical working family will get a ,500 tax cut next year. Fifteen hundred dollars that would have been taken out of your pocket will go into your pocket. This expands on the tax cut that Democrats and Republicans aly passed for this year. If we allow that tax cut to expire -- if we refuse to act -- middle-class families will get hit with a tax increase at the worst possible time. We can’t let that happen. I know that some of you have sworn oaths to never raise any taxes on anyone for as long as you live. Now is not the time to carve out an exception and raise middle-class taxes, which is why you should pass this bill right away. (Applause.) This is the American Jobs Act. It will lead to new jobs for construction workers, for teachers, for veterans, for first responders, young people and the long-term unemployed. It will provide tax credits to companies that hire new workers, tax relief to small business owners, and tax cuts for the middle class. And here’s the other thing I want the American people to know: The American Jobs Act will not add to the deficit. It will be paid for. And here’s how. (Applause.) The agreement we passed in July will cut government spending by about trillion over the next 10 years. It also charges this Congress to come up with an additional .5 trillion in savings by Christmas. Tonight, I am asking you to increase that amount so that it covers the full cost of the American Jobs Act. And a week from Monday, I’ll be releasing a more ambitious deficit plan -- a plan that will not only cover the cost of this jobs bill, but stabilize our debt in the long run. (Applause.) This approach is basically the one I’ve been advocating for months. In addition to the trillion dollars of spending cuts I’ve aly signed into law, it’s a balanced plan that would reduce the deficit by making additional spending cuts, by making modest adjustments to health care programs like Medicare and Medicaid, and by reforming our tax code in a way that asks the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations to pay their fair share. (Applause.) What’s more, the spending cuts wouldn’t happen so abruptly that they’d be a drag on our economy, or prevent us from helping small businesses and middle-class families get back on their feet right away. Now, I realize there are some in my party who don’t think we should make any changes at all to Medicare and Medicaid, and I understand their concerns. But here’s the truth: Millions of Americans rely on Medicare in their retirement. And millions more will do so in the future. They pay for this benefit during their working years. They earn it. But with an aging population and rising health care costs, we are spending too fast to sustain the program. And if we don’t gradually reform the system while protecting current beneficiaries, it won’t be there when future retirees need it. We have to reform Medicare to strengthen it. (Applause.) I am also -- I’m also well aware that there are many Republicans who don’t believe we should raise taxes on those who are most fortunate and can best afford it. But here is what every American knows: While most people in this country struggle to make ends meet, a few of the most affluent citizens and most profitable corporations enjoy tax breaks and loopholes that nobody else gets. Right now, Warren Buffett pays a lower tax rate than his secretary -- an outrage he has asked us to fix. (Laughter.) We need a tax code where everyone gets a fair shake and where everybody pays their fair share. (Applause.) And by the way, I believe the vast majority of wealthy Americans and CEOs are willing to do just that if it helps the economy grow and gets our fiscal house in order. I’ll also offer ideas to reform a corporate tax code that stands as a monument to special interest influence in Washington. By eliminating pages of loopholes and deductions, we can lower one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world. (Applause.) Our tax code should not give an advantage to companies that can afford the best-connected lobbyists. It should give an advantage to companies that invest and create jobs right here in the ed States of America. (Applause.) So we can reduce this deficit, pay down our debt, and pay for this jobs plan in the process. But in order to do this, we have to decide what our priorities are. We have to ask ourselves, “What’s the best way to grow the economy and create jobs?”Should we keep tax loopholes for oil companies? Or should we use that money to give small business owners a tax credit when they hire new workers? Because we can’t afford to do both. Should we keep tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires? Or should we put teachers back to work so our kids can graduate y for college and good jobs? (Applause.) Right now, we can’t afford to do both. This isn’t political grandstanding. This isn’t class warfare. This is simple math. (Laughter.) This is simple math. These are real choices. These are real choices that we’ve got to make. And I’m pretty sure I know what most Americans would choose. It’s not even close. And it’s time for us to do what’s right for our future. (Applause.) Now, the American Jobs Act answers the urgent need to create jobs right away. But we can’t stop there. As I’ve argued since I ran for this office, we have to look beyond the immediate crisis and start building an economy that lasts into the future -- an economy that creates good, middle-class jobs that pay well and offer security. We now live in a world where technology has made it possible for companies to take their business anywhere. If we want them to start here and stay here and hire here, we have to be able to out-build and out-educate and out-innovate every other country on Earth. (Applause.)And this task of making America more competitive for the long haul, that’s a job for all of us. For government and for private companies. For states and for local communities -- and for every American citizen. All of us will have to up our game. All of us will have to change the way we do business. My administration can and will take some steps to improve our competitiveness on our own. For example, if you’re a small business owner who has a contract with the federal government, we’re going to make sure you get paid a lot faster than you do right now. (Applause.) We’re also planning to cut away the red tape that prevents too many rapidly growing startup companies from raising capital and going public. And to help responsible homeowners, we’re going to work with federal housing agencies to help more people refinance their mortgages at interest rates that are now near 4 percent. That’s a step -- (applause) -- I know you guys must be for this, because that’s a step that can put more than ,000 a year in a family’s pocket, and give a lift to an economy still burdened by the drop in housing prices. So, some things we can do on our own. Other steps will require congressional action. Today you passed reform that will speed up the outdated patent process, so that entrepreneurs can turn a new idea into a new business as quickly as possible. That’s the kind of action we need. Now it’s time to clear the way for a series of trade agreements that would make it easier for American companies to sell their products in Panama and Colombia and South Korea -– while also helping the workers whose jobs have been affected by global competition. (Applause.) If Americans can buy Kias and Hyundais, I want to see folks in South Korea driving Fords and Chevys and Chryslers. (Applause.) I want to see more products sold around the world stamped with the three proud words: “Made in America.” That’s what we need to get done. (Applause.)And on all of our efforts to strengthen competitiveness, we need to look for ways to work side by side with America’s businesses. That’s why I’ve brought together a Jobs Council of leaders from different industries who are developing a wide range of new ideas to help companies grow and create jobs. Aly, we’ve mobilized business leaders to train 10,000 American engineers a year, by providing company internships and training. Other businesses are covering tuition for workers who learn new skills at community colleges. And we’re going to make sure the next generation of manufacturing takes root not in China or Europe, but right here, in the ed States of America. (Applause) If we provide the right incentives, the right support -- and if we make sure our trading partners play by the rules -- we can be the ones to build everything from fuel-efficient cars to advanced biofuels to semiconductors that we sell all around the world. That’s how America can be number one again. And that’s how America will be number one again. (Applause.) Now, I realize that some of you have a different theory on how to grow the economy. Some of you sincerely believe that the only solution to our economic challenges is to simply cut most government spending and eliminate most government regulations. (Applause.) Well, I agree that we can’t afford wasteful spending, and I’ll work with you, with Congress, to root it out. And I agree that there are some rules and regulations that do put an unnecessary burden on businesses at a time when they can least afford it. (Applause.) That’s why I ordered a review of all government regulations. So far, we’ve identified over 500 reforms, which will save billions of dollars over the next few years. (Applause.) We should have no more regulation than the health, safety and security of the American people require. Every rule should meet that common-sense test. (Applause.) But what we can’t do -- what I will not do -- is let this economic crisis be used as an excuse to wipe out the basic protections that Americans have counted on for decades. (Applause.) I reject the idea that we need to ask people to choose between their jobs and their safety. I reject the argument that says for the economy to grow, we have to roll back protections that ban hidden fees by credit card companies, or rules that keep our kids from being exposed to mercury, or laws that prevent the health insurance industry from shortchanging patients. I reject the idea that we have to strip away collective bargaining rights to compete in a global economy. (Applause.) We shouldn’t be in a race to the bottom, where we try to offer the cheapest labor and the worst pollution standards. America should be in a race to the top. And I believe we can win that race. (Applause.)In fact, this larger notion that the only thing we can do to restore prosperity is just dismantle government, refund everybody’s money, and let everyone write their own rules, and tell everyone they’re on their own -- that’s not who we are. That’s not the story of America. Yes, we are rugged individualists. Yes, we are strong and self-reliant. And it has been the drive and initiative of our workers and entrepreneurs that has made this economy the engine and the envy of the world.But there’s always been another th running throughout our history -- a belief that we’re all connected, and that there are some things we can only do together, as a nation.We all remember Abraham Lincoln as the leader who saved our Union. Founder of the Republican Party. But in the middle of a civil war, he was also a leader who looked to the future -- a Republican President who mobilized government to build the Transcontinental Railroad -- (applause) -- launch the National Academy of Sciences, set up the first land grant colleges. (Applause.) And leaders of both parties have followed the example he set. Ask yourselves -- where would we be right now if the people who sat here before us decided not to build our highways, not to build our bridges, our dams, our airports? What would this country be like if we had chosen not to spend money on public high schools, or research universities, or community colleges? Millions of returning heroes, including my grandfather, had the opportunity to go to school because of the G.I. Bill. Where would we be if they hadn’t had that chance? (Applause.) How many jobs would it have cost us if past Congresses decided not to support the basic research that led to the Internet and the computer chip? What kind of country would this be if this chamber had voted down Social Security or Medicare just because it violated some rigid idea about what government could or could not do? (Applause.) How many Americans would have suffered as a result? No single individual built America on their own. We built it together. We have been, and always will be, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all; a nation with responsibilities to ourselves and with responsibilities to one another. And members of Congress, it is time for us to meet our responsibilities. (Applause.) Every proposal I’ve laid out tonight is the kind that’s been supported by Democrats and Republicans in the past. Every proposal I’ve laid out tonight will be paid for. And every proposal is designed to meet the urgent needs of our people and our communities. Now, I know there’s been a lot of skepticism about whether the politics of the moment will allow us to pass this jobs plan -- or any jobs plan. Aly, we’re seeing the same old press releases and tweets flying back and forth. Aly, the media has proclaimed that it’s impossible to bridge our differences. And maybe some of you have decided that those differences are so great that we can only resolve them at the ballot box. But know this: The next election is 14 months away. And the people who sent us here -- the people who hired us to work for them -- they don’t have the luxury of waiting 14 months. (Applause.) Some of them are living week to week, paycheck to paycheck, even day to day. They need help, and they need it now. I don’t pretend that this plan will solve all our problems. It should not be, nor will it be, the last plan of action we propose. What’s guided us from the start of this crisis hasn’t been the search for a silver bullet. It’s been a commitment to stay at it -- to be persistent -- to keep trying every new idea that works, and listen to every good proposal, no matter which party comes up with it. Regardless of the arguments we’ve had in the past, regardless of the arguments we will have in the future, this plan is the right thing to do right now. You should pass it. (Applause.) And I intend to take that message to every corner of this country. (Applause.) And I ask -- I ask every American who agrees to lift your voice: Tell the people who are gathered here tonight that you want action now. Tell Washington that doing nothing is not an option. Remind us that if we act as one nation and one people, we have it within our power to meet this challenge.President Kennedy once said, “Our problems are man-made –- therefore they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants.”These are difficult years for our country. But we are Americans. We are tougher than the times we live in, and we are bigger than our politics have been. So let’s meet the moment. Let’s get to work, and let’s show the world once again why the ed States of America remains the greatest nation on Earth. (Applause.)Thank you very much. God bless you, and God bless the ed States of America. (Applause.)201109/153199

亲,你们想拥有一口流利的英语口语吗?你们想像世界名人一样拥有敏锐的智慧、滔滔不绝的口才吗?在这里,大家不但可以聆听抑扬顿挫的英文,而且还可以学习到名人的过人之处,相信会受益匪浅的!听,他们来了......201201/168344

  【Speech Video】President Obama signs the Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act in the Oval Office. The act helps reinforce the Nation’s commitment to press freedom around the world by directing the State Department to compile a report listing countries where such freedoms are violated.201005/104119

  Plenty is at our doorstep, but a generous use of it languishes in the very sight of the supply.富足的憎景近在咫尺,但就在我们见到这种情景的时候,宽裕的生活却悄然离去。Primarily this is because the rulers of the exchange of mankinds goods have failed, through their own stubbornness and their own incompetence,这主要是因为主宰人类物资交换的统治者们失败了,他们固执己见而又无能为力,have admitted their failure, and abdicated.因而已经认定失败,并撒手不管了,Practices of the unscrupulous money changers stand indicted in the court of public opinion, rejected by the hearts and minds of men.贪得无厌的货币兑换商的种种行径,将受到舆论法庭的起诉,将受到人类心灵和理智的唾弃。True they have tried, but their efforts have been cast in the pattern of an outworn tradition.是的,他们是努力过,然而他们用的是一种完全过时的方法.Faced by failure of credit they have proposed only the lending of more money.面对信贷的失败,他们只是提议借出更多的钱.Stripped of the lure of profit by which to induce our people to follow their false leadership, they have resorted to exhortations,没有了当诱饵引诱 人民追随他们的错误领导的金钱,他们只得求助于讲道,pleading tearfully for restored confidence.含泪祈求人民重新给予他们信心.They know only the rules of a generation of self-seekers. They have no vision, and when there is no vision the people perish.他们只知自我追求者们的处世规则.他们没有眼光,而没有眼光的人是要灭亡的.The money changers have fled from their high seats in the temple of our civilization.如今,货币兑换商已从我们文明庙宇的高处落荒而逃.We may now restore that temple to the ancient truths.我们要以千古不变的真理来重建这座庙宇.The measure of the restoration lies in the extent to which we apply social values more noble than mere monetary profit.衡量这重建的尺度是我们体现比金钱利益更高尚的社会价值的程度.Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.幸福并不在于单纯地占有金钱;幸福还在于取得成就后的喜悦,在于创造努力时的.The joy and moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits.务必不能再忘记劳动带来的喜悦和激励,而去疯狂地追逐那转瞬即逝的利润.These dark days will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our fellow men.如果这些暗淡的时日能使我们认识到,我们真正的天命不是要别人侍奉,而是为自己和同胞们务,那么,我们付出的代价就完全是值得的.Recognition of the falsity of material wealth as the standard of success goes hand in hand with the abandonment of the false belief that public office认识到把物质财富当作成功的标准是错误的,and high political position are to be valued only by the standards of pride of place and personal profit;我们就会抛弃以地位尊严和个人收益为唯一标准,and there must be an end to a conduct in banking and in business which too often has given to a sacred trust the likeness of callous and selfish wrongdoing.来衡量公职和高级政治地位的错误信念;我们必须制止界和企业界的一种行为,它常常使神圣的委托混同于无情和自私的不正当行为.02/437186。

  We know clearly what we seek, and why.我们清楚地懂得我们在寻求什么,以及为什么要寻求。We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom.我们寻求和平,并且探知和平是自由的温床。And now, as in no other age, we seek it because we have been warned,当今我们寻求和平,是因为我们已从现代武器的可怕力量中得到警告,by the power of modern weapons, that peace may be the only climate possible for human life itself.明白和平乃是人类生活本身得以存在的唯一温床,这一点在其他任何时代都是不曾有过的。Yet this peace we seek cannot be born of fear alone: it must be rooted in the lives of nations.但是,我们寻求的和平不能仅从畏俱中产生,和平必须扎根于世界各国人民的生活之中。There must be justice, sensed and shared by all peoples, for, without justice the world can know only a tense and unstable truce.必须有一种为所有人民所感受和分享的正义,因为没有正义,世界只能处于一种紧张而不稳定的暂时休战状态。There must be law, steadily invoked and respected by all nations, for without law,必须有一种为世界各国所强烈呼唤和尊重的法则,因为没有这样的法则,the world promises only such meager justice as the pity of the strong upon the weak.世界上就只能出现一种强者怜悯弱者式的贫弱的正义。But the law of which we speak, comprehending the values of freedom, affirms the equality of all nations, great and small.我们所说的法则,包含自由的全部价值,承认国家不分大小一律平等。Splendid as can be the blessings of such a peace, high will be its cost: in toil patiently sustained, in help honorably given, in sacrifice calmly borne.这样一种和平所带来的益处甚为可观,但为它付出的代价也极其高昂。We are called to meet the price of this peace.我们响应召唤来为这种和平付出代价。To counter the threat of those who seek to rule by force, we must pay the costs of our own needed military strength, and help to build the security of others.为了对付那些企图用武力实行统治的人所造成的威胁,我们必须不惜代价建立自己必要的军事力量,而且帮助他国建立安全体系We must use our skills and knowledge and, at times, our substance, to help others rise from misery,我们必须运用我们的技术和知识,有时甚至运用我们的物质财富,以帮助其他民族从不幸中崛起,however far the scene of suffering may be from our shores.而不管这种苦难景象与我们相距多么遥远。For wherever in the world a people knows desperate want, there must appear at least the spark of hope,因为无论在世界什么地方,只要一个民族懂得了自己的迫切需要,那里至少就会闪现希望的火花,the hope of progress—or there will surely rise at last the flames of conflict.闪现进步的希望,也就是说,那里最终得燃起斗争的火焰。We recognize and accept our own deep involvement in the destiny of men everywhere.我们与全世界各地人民的命运紧密相联,我们对此不仅有所认识,而且加以接受。We are accordingly pledged to honor, and to strive to fortify, the authority of the ed Nations.为此,我们保尊重而且努力加强联合国的权威。For in that body rests the best hope of our age for the assertion of that law by which all nations may live in dignity.因为这一机构维系着我们这个 时代最美好的希望,这一希望就是维护那种保障所有国家都能享有尊严的法则。02/437539

  亲,你们想拥有一口流利的英语口语吗?你们想像世界名人一样拥有敏锐的智慧、滔滔不绝的口才吗?在这里,大家不但可以聆听抑扬顿挫的英文,而且还可以学习到名人的过人之处,相信会受益匪浅的!听,他们来了......164976Last week, I visited Elmore, Minnesota, the small town where Fritz Mondale was raised. And soon Fritz and Joan will visit our family in Queens. Nine hundred people live in Elmore. In Queens, there are 2,000 people on one block. You would think wed be different, but were not. Children walk to school in Elmore past grain elevators; in Queens, they pass by subway stops. But, no matter where they live, their future depends on education, and their parents are willing to do their part to make those schools as good as they can be. In Elmore, there are family farms; in Queens, small businesses. But the men and women who run them all take pride in supporting their families through hard work and initiative. On the 4th of July in Elmore, they hang flags out on Main Street; in Queens, they fly them over Grand Avenue. But all of us love our country, and stand y to defend the freedom that it represents.Americans want to live by the same set of rules. But under this administration, the rules are rigged against too many of our people. It isnt right that every year the share of taxes paid by individual citizens is going up, while the share paid by large corporations is getting smaller and smaller. The rules say: Everyone in our society should contribute their fair share. It isnt right that this year Ronald Reagan will hand the American people a bill for interest on the national debt larger than the entire cost of the federal government under John F. Kennedy. Our parents left us a growing economy. The rules say: We must not leave our kids a mountain of debt.上个星期,我访问了阿拉巴马州的艾尔莫尔,弗里茨;蒙代尔就是在那里长大的。弗里茨和琼也将到我的家乡昆斯做客。埃尔莫尔有900居民,而昆斯一个街区就有2000居民。你们会认为我们之间有些不同。实际上没有。在埃尔莫尔,孩子们上学的路上看到的是谷物传送带;在昆斯,他们看到的是地铁站。但不管他们居住在哪里,他们的未来都取决于教育,他们的父母尽力把那些学校建得更好些。在埃尔莫尔有家庭农场;在昆斯有小企业。但经营这些农场和小企业的人都为自己能够通过勤奋劳动和进取精神来建设家庭感到自豪。每年的7月4日,埃尔莫尔的梅恩大街挂满了国旗;在昆斯的格兰德大道也旗飘扬。我们都爱我们的祖国,并时刻准备捍卫祖国的自由。美国人民希望生活在同一准则下。但是,在里根政府的统治下,所制定的规则打击了许多人。每年公民个人纳税份额不断增大,而大公司纳税份额却越来越小,这是不对的。准则说:我们社会的每个人应该贡献出自己公正的一份。可今年里根要让美国人民致富巨大的国债利息,现在的国债比约翰?肯尼迪政府所有的开总和还大,这是不对的。我们的父辈给么留下了一个增长的经济。这个准则说:我们绝对不能把一座沉重的债务大山压在我们孩子身上。What can be more gratifying than such a retrospect as this?有什么能比如此的回顾更让人心悦?We look back on obstacles avoided and dangers overcome,我们看到以往的障碍已被避免,危险被克。on expectations more than realized and prosperity perfectly secured.看到期望不仅仅被实现,繁荣也完全得以保。To the hopes of the hostile,the fears of the timid,对于敌人的妄想,懦夫的惧怕,and the doubts of the anxious actual experience has given the conclusive reply.和虑者的疑惑事实经历已作出完满的答复。We have seen time gradually dispel every unfavorable foreboding ,我们已看到时间逐渐排除每一个不利的预兆。and our Constitution surmount every adverse circumstance ded at the outset as beyond control.并且,我们的宪法克了那些在当初被认为是我们所无能为力而畏惧的每一个不利处境。Present excitement will at all times magnify present dangers,当前的兴奋将在任何时候增大当前的危险。but true philosophy must teach us that none more threatening than the past can remain to be overcome;但真正的哲理一定会告诉我们,没有比以往更有威胁性的仍要去克;and we ought (for we have just reason)to entertain an abiding confidence in the stability of our institutions and an entire conviction that if administered in the true from,并且我们应该保持对我们的机构的坚定信心,并深信只要以其创建时的真正形式,character,and spirit in which they were established they are abundantly adequate to preserve to us,and our children the rich blessings aly derived from them,特点和精神来管理,它们将完全足够为我们,和我们的儿女保那以往由它们所带来的丰富祝福。to make our beloved land for a thousand generations that spot where happiness springs from a perfect equality of political rights.并把我们可爱的土地变成因完全平等政治权利而充满幸福的之处而持续千秋万代。For myself,therefore,I desire to declare that the principle that will govern me in the high duty to which my country calls me is a strict adherence to the letter,and spirit of the Constitution as it was designed by those who framed it.而我自己,我想宣布,那些将在我的祖国召唤我的这崇高职责上指导我的原则,必须严格依照,如同其构造者所设想的宪法的文字和精神。Looking back to it as a sacred instrument carefully and not easily framed;我们回头把它看作一个仔细而艰难构造的神圣工具。remembering that it was throughout a work of concession and compromise;牢记它经过一个让步和妥协的过程;viewing it as limited to national objects;把它看为仅限于国家事宜;regarding it was leaving to the people and the States all power not explicitly parted with,认为它留给人民和各州所有不能明显分开的权力,I shall endeavor to preserve,protect,and defend it by anxiously referring to its provision for direction in every action.我将努力通过在每一行动中,急切地参考其条款来寻求方向,来维持,保护和守卫它。To matters of domestic concernment which it has intrusted to the Federal Government,我将以极度热心投入到那些委托给联邦政府的国内事务,and to such as relate to our intercourse with foreign nations I shall zealously devote myself;[以及我们同外国交往有关的事务中;beyond those limits I shall never pass.而我将决不逾越这些界限。To enter on this ocasion into a further or more minute exposition of my views on the various questions of domestic policy would be as obtrusive as it is probably unexpected.在此时进一步详细叙述我对各种国内政策的观点将显得冒失而可能意外。Before the suffrages of my countrymen were condferred upon me I submitted to them,在同胞们把参政权授予我之前,with great precision,my opinions on all the most prominent of these subjects.我已经非常准确地向他们提供了我关于这中间所有最显要的问题的观点。Those opinions I shall endeavor to carry out with my utmost ability.我将努力尽我所能来实施这些观点。Our course of foreign policy has been so uniform and intelligible as to constitute a rule of Executive conduct which leaves little to my discretion.我们的外交政策路线是如此一致和清晰,以至其所构成的行政行为规则留给我很少斟酌余地。unless,indeed,I were willing to run counter to the lights of experience and the know opinions of my constituents.除非我真地想同历史教训及我的选民的意愿背道而驰。We sedulously cultivate the friendship of all nations as the conditions most compatible with our welfare and the principles of our Government.在和我们的福利和政府原则最协调的条件下,我们勤勉地培养同所有国家的友谊。We decline alliances as adverse to our peace.我们谢绝对我们的和平有损的联盟。We desire commercial relations on equal terms,我们渴望平等条件下的商贸关系。02/83120

  亲,你们想拥有一口流利的英语口语吗?你们想像世界名人一样拥有敏锐的智慧、滔滔不绝的口才吗?在这里,大家不但可以聆听抑扬顿挫的英文,而且还可以学习到名人的过人之处,相信会受益匪浅的!听,他们来了......162959General Westmoreland, General Grove, distinguished guests, and gentlemen of the Corps!As I was leaving the hotel this morning, a doorman asked me, ;Where are you bound for, General?; And when I replied, ;West Point,; he remarked, ;Beautiful place. Have you ever been there before?;No human being could fail to be deeply moved by such a tribute as this [Thayer Award]. Coming from a profession I have served so long, and a people I have loved so well, it fills me with an emotion I cannot express. But this award is not intended primarily to honor a personality, but to symbolize a great moral code -- the code of conduct and chivalry of those who guard this beloved land of culture and ancient descent. That is the animation of this medallion. For all eyes and for all time, it is an expression of the ethics of the American soldier. That I should be integrated in this way with so noble an ideal arouses a sense of pride and yet of humility which will be with me always: Duty, Honor, Country.Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying points: to build courage when courage seems to fail; to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith; to create hope when hope becomes forlorn.Unhappily, I possess neither that eloquence of diction, that poetry of imagination, nor that brilliance of metaphor to tell you all that they mean. The unbelievers will say they are but words, but a slogan, but a flamboyant phrase. Every pedant, every demagogue, every cynic, every hypocrite, every troublemaker, and I am sorry to say, some others of an entirely different character, will try to downgrade them even to the extent of mockery and ridicule.But these are some of the things they do. They build your basic character. They mold you for your future roles as the custodians of the nations defense. They make you strong enough to know when you are weak, and brave enough to face yourself when you are afraid. They teach you to be proud and unbending in honest failure, but humble and gentle in success; not to substitute words for actions, not to seek the path of comfort, but to face the stress and spur of difficulty and challenge; to learn to stand up in the storm but to have compassion on those who fall; to master yourself before you seek to master others; to have a heart that is clean, a goal that is high; to learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep; to reach into the future yet never neglect the past; to be serious yet never to take yourself too seriously; to be modest so that you will remember the simplicity of true greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, the meekness of true strength. They give you a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions, a freshness of the deep springs of life, a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity, of an appetite for adventure over love of ease. They create in your heart the sense of wonder, the unfailing hope of what next, and the joy and inspiration of life. They teach you in this way to be an officer and a gentleman.And what sort of soldiers are those you are to lead? Are they reliable? Are they brave? Are they capable of victory? Their story is known to all of you. It is the story of the American man-at-arms. My estimate of him was formed on the battlefield many, many years ago, and has never changed. I regarded him then as I regard him now -- as one of the worlds noblest figures, not only as one of the finest military characters, but also as one of the most stainless. His name and fame are the birthright of every American citizen. In his youth and strength, his love and loyalty, he gave all that mortality can give.He needs no eulogy from me or from any other man. He has written his own history and written it in red on his enemys breast. But when I think of his patience under adversity, of his courage under fire, and of his modesty in victory, I am filled with an emotion of admiration I cannot put into words. He belongs to history as furnishing one of the greatest examples of successful patriotism. He belongs to posterity as the instructor of future generations in the principles of liberty and freedom. He belongs to the present, to us, by his virtues and by his achievements. In 20 campaigns, on a hundred battlefields, around a thousand campfires, I have witnessed that enduring fortitude, that patriotic self-abnegation, and that invincible determination which have carved his statue in the hearts of his people. From one end of the world to the other he has drained deep the chalice of courage.As I listened to those songs [of the glee club], in memorys eye I could see those staggering columns of the First World War, bending under soggy packs, on many a weary march from dripping dusk to drizzling dawn, slogging ankle-deep through the mire of shell-shocked roads, to form grimly for the attack, blue-lipped, covered with sludge and mud, chilled by the wind and rain, driving home to their objective, and for many, to the judgment seat of God.I do not know the dignity of their birth, but I do know the glory of their death.They died unquestioning, uncomplaining, with faith in their hearts, and on their lips the hope that we would go on to victory.Always, for them: Duty, Honor, Country; always their blood and sweat and tears, as we sought the way and the light and the truth.And 20 years after, on the other side of the globe, again the filth of murky foxholes, the stench of ghostly trenches, the slime of dripping dugouts; those boiling suns of relentless heat, those torrential rains of devastating storms; the loneliness and utter desolation of jungle trails; the bitterness of long separation from those they loved and cherished; the deadly pestilence of tropical disease; the horror of stricken areas of war; their resolute and determined defense, their swift and sure attack, their indomitable purpose, their complete and decisive victory -- always victory. Always through the bloody haze of their last reverberating shot, the vision of gaunt, ghastly men reverently following your password of: Duty, Honor, Country.The code which those words perpetuate embraces the highest moral laws and will stand the test of any ethics or philosophies ever promulgated for the uplift of mankind. Its requirements are for the things that are right, and its restraints are from the things that are wrong.The soldier, above all other men, is required to practice the greatest act of religious training -- sacrifice.In battle and in the face of danger and death, he discloses those divine attributes which his Maker gave when he created man in his own image. No physical courage and no brute instinct can take the place of the Divine help which alone can sustain him.However horrible the incidents of war may be, the soldier who is called upon to offer and to give his life for his country is the noblest development of mankind.You now face a new world -- a world of change. The thrust into outer space of the satellite, spheres, and missiles mark the beginning of another epoch in the long story of mankind. In the five or more billions of years the scientists tell us it has taken to form the earth, in the three or more billion years of development of the human race, there has never been a more abrupt or staggering evolution. We deal now not with things of this world alone, but with the illimitable distances and as yet unfathomed mysteries of the universe. We are reaching out for a new and boundless frontier.We speak in strange terms: of harnessing the cosmic energy; of making winds and tides work for us; of creating unheard synthetic materials to supplement or even replace our old standard basics; to purify sea water for our drink; of mining ocean floors for new fields of wealth and food; of disease preventatives to expand life into the hundreds of years; of controlling the weather for a more equitable distribution of heat and cold, of rain and shine; of space ships to the moon; of the primary target in war, no longer limited to the armed forces of an enemy, but instead to include his civil populations; of ultimate conflict between a united human race and the sinister forces of some other planetary galaxy; of such dreams and fantasies as to make life the most exciting of all time.And through all this welter of change and development, your mission remains fixed, determined, inviolable: it is to win our wars.Everything else in your professional career is but corollary to this vital dedication. All other public purposes, all other public projects, all other public needs, great or small, will find others for their accomplishment. But you are the ones who are trained to fight. Yours is the profession of arms, the will to win, the sure knowledge that in war there is no substitute for victory; that if you lose, the nation will be destroyed; that the very obsession of your public service must be: Duty, Honor, Country.Others will debate the controversial issues, national and international, which divide mens minds; but serene, calm, aloof, you stand as the Nations war-guardian, as its lifeguard from the raging tides of international conflict, as its gladiator in the arena of battle. For a century and a half you have defended, guarded, and protected its hallowed traditions of liberty and freedom, of right and justice.Let civilian voices argue the merits or demerits of our processes of government; whether our strength is being sapped by deficit financing, indulged in too long, by federal paternalism grown too mighty, by power groups grown too arrogant, by politics grown too corrupt, by crime grown too rampant, by morals grown too low, by taxes grown too high, by extremists grown too violent; whether our personal liberties are as thorough and complete as they should be. These great national problems are not for your professional participation or military solution. Your guidepost stands out like a ten-fold beacon in the night: Duty, Honor, Country.You are the leaven which binds together the entire fabric of our national system of defense. From your ranks come the great captains who hold the nations destiny in their hands the moment the war tocsin sounds. The Long Gray Line has never failed us. Were you to do so, a million ghosts in olive drab, in brown khaki, in blue and gray, would rise from their white crosses thundering those magic words: Duty, Honor, Country.This does not mean that you are war mongers.On the contrary, the soldier, above all other people, prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.But always in our ears ring the ominous words of Plato, that wisest of all philosophers: ;Only the dead have seen the end of war.;The shadows are lengthening for me. The twilight is here. My days of old have vanished, tone and tint. They have gone glimmering through the dreams of things that were. Their memory is one of wondrous beauty, watered by tears, and coaxed and caressed by the smiles of yesterday. I listen vainly, but with thirsty ears, for the witching melody of faint bugles blowing reveille, of far drums beating the long roll. In my dreams I hear again the crash of guns, the rattle of musketry, the strange, mournful mutter of the battlefield.But in the evening of my memory, always I come back to West Point.Always there echoes and re-echoes: Duty, Honor, Country.Today marks my final roll call with you, but I want you to know that when I cross the river my last conscious thoughts will be of The Corps, and The Corps, and The Corps.I bid you farewell. /201205/182111

  As Congress returns to work, the President calls on them -- and all of us -- to debate our differences vigorously but to live up to the spirit of common cause we felt following the tragedy in Arizona.Download Video: mp4 (87MB) | mp3 (2MB) 201101/123512

  

  and may confidently expect that the flag which has waved its untarnished folds over every sea will still float in undiminished honor.并自信地期望那曾在每一海面上飘扬而不受沾污的旗帜仍将以未损的荣耀飘扬。But these,like many other subjects,will be appropriately brought at a future time to the attention of the coordinate branches of the Government,但这些,如同很多其它问题,将在未来被适当提起有关政府部门的注意。to which I shall always look with profound respect and with trustful confidence that they will accord to me the aid and support.对此我总以深刻敬意和信任希望他们会给我以帮助和持。which I shall so much need and which their experience and wisdom will ily suggest.我正需要这些帮助,而他们的经历和智慧也随时准备提出。We have been carried in safety through a perilous crisis.我们经历了一场苦难危机而来到安全之地。Wise counsels,like those which gave us the Constitution,prevailed to uphold it.明智的参谋如同那些曾为我们创立宪法的前辈,决心坚决持它。Let the period be remembered as an admonition,and not as an encouragement,in any section of the Union,让我们记住那一时期且作为训诫,而非作为鼓励在联邦的任何地方,to make experiments where experiments are fraught with such fearful hazard.做出充满可怕危险的试验。Let it be impressed upon all hearts that,beautiful as our fabric is,no earthly power or wisdom could ever reunite its broken fragments.让此在所有那些象我们绸缎一样美丽,但任何世上权力和智慧都无法治愈其创伤的心灵留下深深印记。Standing,as I do,almost within view of the green slopes of Monticello,如我现在站立于此,几乎可以看见蒙特塞罗的绿色山坡,and,as it were ,within reach of the tomb of Washington,接触华盛的灵墓,with all the cherished memories of the past gathering around me like so many eloquent voices of exhortation from heaven,充满了关于以往的美好记忆,它们环绕着我就如同来自天堂的赞美之声,I can express no better hope for my country than that the kind Providence which smiled upon our fathers may enable their children to preserve the blessing they have inherited.我只能为同胞们表达这一最好希望,愿曾向我们先父微笑善良的神的眷顾能使他们的子孙保持他们所继承的祝福。02/436494

  [Nextpage视频演讲]The President honors the Women’s Professional Soccer champion Sky Blue FC to the White House.Download Video: mp4 (63MB) | mp3 (6MB) [Nextpage演讲文本]THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. What’s going on, guys? Thank you, thank you, everybody. Everybody have a seat. Well, hello. Welcome to the White House. Congratulations to Sky Blue on winning your first Women’s Professional Soccer Championship. Congratulations. Give them a big round of applause. (Applause.)I want to recognize the Mayor of Piscataway, Brian Wahler, who is with us here today. Where’s Brian? Hey, he’s got the camera going on. (Applause.) I want to thank the six players who took part in the WPS All-Star game yesterday and rearranged their travel plans so they could be in Washington here today. We’re glad you could make it. Thank you. (Applause.)This is a pretty exciting time for soccer in America. We’ve all been glued to our TVs over the last couple of weeks as the men’s team made their run at the World Cup. I know my staff, by the way, was watching when the U.S. beat Algeria, because I could hear them whooping it up as I was having important meetings in the Oval Office. (Laughter.) Malia’s team did very well this summer, which I think is also important to know. (Laughter.) And today, it’s an honor to welcome the first-ever champions of the Women’s Professional Soccer league to the White House.Now, I know there were some bumps in the road for this team last season. They dealt with multiple coaching changes. They squeaked into the playoffs at the last minute. And then they had to play three games on the road in eight days to win it all.But this team came together when it counted. No matter what obstacles they faced, no matter what disappointments and distractions they had to deal with, they had each other’s backs, and they stayed focused on their ultimate goal. That’s what teams do. They work hard. This team loves being an underdog, and in the end, that made all the difference.I know she’s probably sick of hearing that story, but I have to single out your captain, Christie Rampone. Where’s Christie? (Applause.) This is very impressive. This impresses me. After Sky Blue won the championship last season, Christie’s teammates tried to get her to take a celebratory drink with them in the locker room and she had to turn it down because she was almost three months pregnant. That’s really impressive. (Laughter.) Christie didn’t want it to be a distraction, and so she had been waiting until the season was over to tell her teammates. After all, she said, “We can’t have the trophy taken away for having 11 1/2 women on the field.” (Laughter.) Is it going to be a girl? Do we know? Okay, well, there you go.Today, Christie is the mother of two beautiful daughters, including -- so Reece aly came, she showed up. Where is she? Where is she? Hey, oh, she’s precious! (Laughter.) Yes. She looks a little hungry, though. (Laughter.) So Reece is going to be four months old next week. And in the meantime, Christie is aly back in the lineup helping her teammates chase another title.Now, even though Christie’s story is unique, her dedication is not. The women on this team aren’t playing for fame or fortune. They are spending countless hours in the gym and on the practice field because they recognize a rare opportunity to do the thing that they love. They believe in using their God-given talent to inspire the next generation to reach a little higher and work a little harder.And that sense of responsibility also extends off the pitch. I’m pleased that the WPS is creating a program called Get Active! that will sponsor 3-on-3 soccer tournaments, and help young people learn about the importance of living healthy, active lives. Obviously this is an issue that the First Lady, Michelle, is talking about all across the country, and so I want to thank this league for joining the cause.Today, nearly 14 million children in America play soccer; 40 percent of them are girls. And as the father of one of them, I want to say a special thanks to this group, and to all the women who came before them, for serving as such outstanding role models. Together, you’ve changed the way our young women look at themselves, you’ve expanded the realm of what they believe is possible, and for that, we all owe you a great debt of gratitude.So congratulations on your championship, and best of luck this season. (Applause.) All right, I think they’re going to pull this out and then we’re going to take some pictures -- okay? Oh, but I’ve got my jersey -- yes, okay. (Laughter.) I’ve got to have my jersey. PRESENTER: We would like to present this to you on behalf of Sky Blue professional soccer.THE PRESIDENT: And it is sky blue, by the way. (Laughter.) That’s very nice. PRESENTER: A perfect color for you. It matches your tie. Looking good. (Laughter.) THE PRESIDENT: I might have to get in the weight room a little bit before I wear this. (Laughter.) Thank you very -- come on, and I’ll hold it while we’re taking our picture. END5:06 P.M. EDT201007/107971

  My fellow citizens: The world and we have passed the midway point of a century of continuing challenge.同胞们:我们和全世界一样,业已跨过了一个充满持续挑战的世纪的中线。We sense with all our faculties that forces of good and evil are massed and armed and opposed as rarely before in history.我们所有的官能都能感觉到,向善的力量与为恶的力量正在史所罕见地聚集和武装起来,相互进行着对抗。This fact defines the meaning of this day.这个事实确定了今天聚会的意义。We are summoned by this honored and historic ceremony to witness more than the act of one citizen swearing his oath of service,这个光荣而具有历史意义的典礼使我们聚集一堂,这并不仅仅是为了亲眼观看一个公民在上帝面前宣誓就职,in the presence of God. We are called as a people to give testimony in the sight of the world to our faith that the future shall belong to the free.而是作为一个民族响应召唤,在全世界的面前明我们的信念:未来必将属于自由的人民。Since this centurys beginning, a time of tempest has seemed to come upon the continents of the earth.自本世纪初以来,世界各大洲看来都进入了暴风骤雨的年代。Masses of Asia have awakened to strike off shackles of the past.亚洲的大众已经觉醒,力图挣脱旧时的镣铐。Great nations of Europe have fought their bloodiest wars.欧洲各个大国血战疆场,Thrones have toppled and their vast empires have disappeared. New nations have been born.帝位已然倾覆,他们庞大的殖民帝国亦已风流云散。新的民族国家于是纷纷诞生。For our own country, it has been a time of recurring trial. We have grown in power and in responsibility.对我国来说,这是一个不断经受考验的时期。我们的力量大为增强,责任也更加重大。We have passed through the anxieties of depression and of war to a summit unmatched in mans history.我们在经济萧条和战争中饱经忧患,程度之烈在人类历史上可谓无出其右者。Seeking to secure peace in the world, we have had to fight through the forests of the Argonne, to the shores of Iwo Jima, and to the cold mountains of Korea.为了在世界上赢得和平,我们只得进行战斗,我们的足迹曾经穿过阿尔贡地区的森林,抵达硫磺岛的岸边,又到过朝鲜那些寒冷的山岭。In the swift rush of great events, we find ourselves groping to know the full sense and meaning of these times in which we live.在这一连串突然接踵而至的重大事件中,我们发现自己正在探索,以求懂得我们 所处的遗些时代的全部意义。In our quest of understanding,we beseech Gods guidance.我们在寻求理解的过程中,祈求上帝给我们以指引。We summon all our knowledge of the past and we scan all signs of the future.我们要调动我们在过去获得的全部知识,我们要审视未来的一切迹象。We bring all our wit and all our will to meet the question:我们用我们的全部才智和意志来面对以下问题:How far have we come in mans long pilgrimage from darkness toward light?在人类从黑暗走向光明的漫长历程中,我们已经走过了多少路程?Are we nearing the light—a day of freedom and of peace for all mankind?我们究竟是正在接近光明,接近全人类享有自由与和平的那一天,Or are the shadows of another night closing in upon us?还是另一个夜晚的阴影正向我们笼罩下来?Great as are the preoccupations absorbing us at home, concerned as we are with matters that deeply affect our livelihood today and our vision of the future,尽管我们全神贯注于国内重大问题,尽管我们关心那些深深影响我们今天生计和未来前景的问题,each of these domestic problems is dwarfed by, and often even created by, this question that involves all humankind.但是这些问题不仅因上述那个涉及全人类的问题而显得相形见绌,而且甚至也是由它而产生的。This trial comes at a moment when mans power to achieve good or to inflict evil surpasses the brightest hopes and the sharpest fears of all ages.这一考验到来之际,正值人类扬善抑恶的力量比历代所热切期望的都要强大,并且战胜了历代最为强烈的恐俱。02/63381

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