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奥巴马于2009年7月4日在白宫的演讲

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美国总统奥巴马在7月4日,即美国“独立日”发表电视演讲时说,美国目前正面临严峻挑战,国民需要重树“美国精神”。

奥巴马说,美国目前正面临前所未有的挑战——伊拉克和阿富汗这两场战争、经济危机、医保开销不断上升、学校数量缺乏以及对外国石油的依赖。而应对这些挑战需要每个美国人付出努力。

奥巴马说,美国人应该发挥先辈们的“顽强”精神,“创造”未来而非“惧怕”未来。正是不屈不挠的美国精神使得我们成为了美国人。它引领了先辈们进行了西进运动;它引领了我的祖辈一代人坚强地面对大萧条,并战胜了暴政;它引领了一代代美国工人建立起举世无匹的工业化经济体系。这种精神总是引领着我们美国人民不畏艰难,勇于面对所有的考验与挑战,让我们知道我们每个人都在书写美国的未来。那就是我们应该再次展现的美国精神。

奥巴马于2009年7月4日在白宫的演讲

Today, we are called upon to remember not only the day our country was born, but also the indomitable spirit of the first American citizens who made that day possible. We are called to remember how unlikely it was that our American experiment would succeed at all; that a small band of patriots would declare independence from a powerful empire; and that they would form, in the new world, what the old world had never known—a government of, by, and for the people.

That unyielding spirit is what defines us as Americans. It is what led generations of pioneers to blaze a westward trail. It is what led my grandparents’ generation to persevere in the face of a depression and triumph in the face of tyranny. It is what led generations of American workers to build an industrial economy unrivaled around the world. It is what has always led us, as a people, not to wilt or cower at a difficult moment, but to face down any trial and rise to any challenge, understanding that each of us has a hand in writing America's destiny.

On this day, we also remember that during our most defining moments, it was brave and selfless men and women in uniform who defended and served our country with honor—waging war so that we might know peace; braving hardship so that we might know opportunity; and at times, paying the ultimate price so that we might know freedom. This service—the service of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen—makes our annual celebration of this day possible. This service proves that our founding ideals remain just as powerful and alive in our third century as a nation as they did on the first July 4. This service guarantees that the United States of America shall forever remain the last, best hope on Earth.

All of us must call on this spirit of service and sacrifice to meet the challenges of our time. We are waging two wars. We are battling a deep recession. Our economy—and our nation itself—are endangered by festering problems we have kicked down the road for far too long: spiraling health care costs, inadequate schools, and a dependence on foreign oil.

Meeting these extraordinary challenges will require an extraordinary effort on the part of every American. It will require us to remember that we did not get to where we are as a nation by standing pat in a time of change. We did not get here by doing what was easy. That is not how a cluster of 13 colonies became the United States of America.

We are not a people who fear the future. We are a people who make it. On this July 4, we need to summon once more the spirit that inhabited Independence Hall two hundred and thirty-three years ago today. That is how this generation of Americans will make its mark on history. That is how we will make the most of this extraordinary moment. And that is how we will write the next chapter in the great American story.

I wish you all the best for a happy Fourth of July.

今天,我们受到这个日子的感召,不仅纪念我国诞生的那一天,而且需要继承建国初期美国公民不屈不挠的精神,是他们使这一天成为值得纪念的日子。我们应该记住,当年的这一切多么来之不易。我们进行创建美国的试验,结果获得了成功。为数不多的爱国者宣布独立,脱离了帝国强权的统治。他们还在新世界建立了旧世界不可思议的事物──一个民有、民治、民享的政府。

正是这种顽强的精神构筑了美国人的特征。正是这种精神指引一代又一代先驱者开拓西进之路。正是这种精神指引我们的祖祖辈辈,以坚韧不拔的毅力渡过了大萧条,战胜了专制暴政。正是这种精神指引世世代代的美国劳动者建成全世界无可比拟的工业经济。正是这种精神始终指引全体美国人民在时局艰难的时刻永不气馁,永不退缩,敢于经受任何考验,迎接任何挑战,因为我们知道美国的命运需要我们每一个人为之努力。

在这一天到来的时候,我们还不应该忘记,在我国最紧要的关头,勇敢无私的男女军人不辱使命,保卫我们的国家,忠心为国效力──为实现和平奔赴战场,为赢得机会不辞劳苦,有时还为捍卫自由付出极为高昂的代价。正因为他们为国效力──陆军、海军、空军、海军陆战队和海岸警卫队士兵做出的奉献,我们才有可能每年庆祝这个节日。这种为国效力的精神说明,在进入建国后第三个百年之际,我国的建国理想仍然长盛不衰,生气勃勃,永远保持第一个7月4日的活力。这种为国效力的精神保证美利坚合众国永远是地球上最后、最大的希望。

为了迎接我们这个时代的挑战,我们大家都必须发扬这种为国效力和献身的精神。我们正在参与两场战争,同时我们也在抗击严重的衰退。我们长期拖延了旷日持久的问题:持续上升的医疗成本、学校设施的欠缺和对外国石油的依赖,这导致问题日益恶化,我国经济以及国家本身正面临着危难。

迎接这些巨大的挑战要求每一位美国人付出巨大的努力。我们应该牢记,我们作为一个国家取得这样的成就是因为我们在变革的时期没有固步自封,我们取得这样的成就是因为我们没有避难就易。正是因为如此,原来的十三个殖民地才能共建美利坚合众国。

我国人民敢于面对未来,我国人民敢于创造未来。在今年7月4日到来之际,我们必须再次振奋233年前独立厅凝聚的精神。唯有如此,这一代美国人才能在历史上留下自己的印记。唯有如此,我们才能最有效地把握当前的重要关头。唯有如此,我们才能为伟大的美国历史书写新的篇章。

我谨祝愿大家7月4日节日愉快。

精彩语录

We are called to remember how unlikely it was that our American experiment would succeed at all; that a small band of patriots would declare independence from a powerful empire; and that they would form, in the new world, what the old world had never known—a government of, by, and for the people.

我们应该记住,当年的这一切多么来之不易。我们进行创建美国的试验,结果获得了成功。为数不多的爱国者宣布独立,脱离了帝国强权的统治。他们还在新世界建立了旧世界不可思议的事物──一个民有、民治、民享的政府。

All of us must call on this spirit of service and sacrifice to meet the challenges of our time. We are waging two wars. We are battling a deep recession. Our economy—and our nation itself—are endangered by festering problems we have kicked down the road for far too long: spiraling health care costs, inadequate schools, and a dependence on foreign oil.

为了迎接我们这个时代的挑战,我们大家都必须发扬这种为国效力和献身的精神。我们正在参与两场战争,同时我们也在抗击严重的衰退。我们长期拖延了旷日持久的问题:持续上升的医疗成本、学校设施的欠缺和对外国石油的依赖,这导致问题日益恶化,我国经济以及国家本身正面临着危难。

We are not a people who fear the future. We are a people who make it. On this July 4, we need to summon once more the spirit that inhabited Independence Hall two hundred and thirty-three years ago today.

我国人民敢于面对未来,我国人民敢于创造未来。在今年7月4日到来之际,我们必须再次振奋233年前独立厅凝聚的精神。


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