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口译视频:奥巴马总统在圣班尼迪克学院的演讲

2015-03-16    来源:kaosee.cn    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

口译视频:奥巴马总统在圣班尼迪克学院的演讲

Remarks by the President in Town Hall at Benedict College, Columbia, SC

Benedict College

Columbia, South Carolina

2:10 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT: Hello, South Carolina!  (Applause.)  Thank you!  Well, it is good to see everybody.  It is good to be back in South Carolina.  Now, if you all have a seat, take a seat.  If you don’t have a seat, I’m sorry.  (Laughter.)

I want to say thank you to Benedict College for your hospitality.  (Applause.)  I want to thank Tiana for the great introduction.  Give her a big round of applause.  (Applause.)  We have all kinds of luminaries and dignitaries, and big shots here today -- (laughter) -- but I’m just going to mention a couple of them.

One of the finest gentlemen and finest legislators we have in the country, your congressman, Jim Clyburn.  (Applause.)  Your outstanding mayor, Steve Benjamin.  (Applause.)  The president of this great institution, Dr. David Swinton.  (Applause.)  Go, Tigers!

It’s been a while since I was in South Carolina.  In fact, I got -- it’s been too long.  It has.  I’m not going to lie.  I love you, and I’ve been loving you.  It’s just I’ve had a lot of stuff to do since I last saw you.  But it was wonderful to be backstage because I got a chance to see so many of the wonderful people that I worked with back in 2008.  If it was not for this great state, the Palmetto State, if it was not for all the people who had, at a grassroots level, gone door-to-door and talked to folks, and got everybody fired up and ready to go -- (applause)  -- if it hadn’t been for all of you, I might not be President.  And I'm truly grateful for that.  (Applause.) I'm truly grateful for that.

I hope that you don’t mind, I also brought another good friend -- the Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder. (Applause.)  We decided to take a Friday road trip together, because Eric has not only been a great friend, but an extraordinary Attorney General.  As some of you know, he is going to go enjoy himself and is going to retire from public service.  But I know he’s still going to be doing great things around the country.  I'm really going to miss him.

Now, I am not here to make a long speech.  I’m here to make a short speech -- because what I want to do is spend most of my time interacting, having a conversation.  I want to get questions; I want to hear what you guys are thinking about.  This is a good thing for me, to get out of Washington and talk to normal folk.  (Laughter.)

And I thought it was appropriate to come here because tomorrow I'll be visiting Selma, Alabama, for the 50th anniversary of the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.  And one of the things I might talk about -- I’m still working on my speech, but it might come up -- is the meaning of Selma for your generation.  Because Selma is not just about commemorating the past.  It's about honoring the legends who helped change this country through your actions today, in the here and now.  Selma is now.  Selma is about the courage of ordinary people doing extraordinary things because they believe they can change the country, that they can shape our nation’s destiny.  Selma is about each of us asking ourselves what we can do to make America better.


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And, historically, it’s been young people like you who helped lead that march.  You think about somebody like John Lewis who was one of the key leaders and will be joining us tomorrow.  He was 23 when he helped lead that march that transformed the country.  You think about the Children’s Crusade in Birmingham, or the 12 year-old boy who was elected head of the NAACP youth chapter who grew up to be Jim Clyburn.  (Applause.)  It was young people.

It was young people who stubbornly insisted on justice, stubbornly refused to accept the world as it is that transformed not just the country but transformed the world.  You can see that spirit reflected in a poster put out by the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s.  It had a picture of a young John Lewis kneeling in protest against an all-white swimming pool.  And it reads: “Come let us build a new world together.”

Come let us build a new world together.  That's the story of America.  That's why immigrants came here -- the idea of building a new world together -- not just settling on what is, but imagining what might be.  Insisting we live up to our highest ideals, our deepest values.

That’s why I wanted to come here to Columbia, and here to Benedict College, because we all know we still have work to do.  We’ve got to ensure not just the absence of formal, legal, oppression, but the presence of an active, dynamic opportunity.  Good jobs that pay good wages; a good start for every child; health care for every family; a higher education that prepares you for the world without crippling you with debt; a fairer and more just legal and criminal justice system.  (Applause.)

Now, the good news is we’re in much better shape now than we were six years ago.  This morning, we learned that our economy created nearly 300,000 new jobs last month, the unemployment rate went down -- (applause) -- the unemployment rate ticked down to 5.5 percent, which is the lowest it’s been since the spring of 2008.  (Applause.)  Our businesses have now added more than 200,000 jobs a month for the past year.  And we have not seen a streak like that in 37 years, since Jimmy Carter was President.  (Applause.)  All told, over the past five years, our businesses have created nearly 12 million new jobs.

And what’s more, the unemployment rate for African Americans is actually falling faster than the overall unemployment rate -- which makes sense because it went up faster, too, during the recession.  (Applause.)  But it's still too high.  The unemployment rate across the country and here in South Carolina is still higher than we want, which means we’ve got more work to do.  And we’ve got to make sure those are good jobs that pay a living wage and have benefits with them.

So we can’t let up now. We’ve got to do everything we can to keep this progress going.  This community, I know, is doing its part to prepare students for this new economy.  Programs like YouthBuild -- (applause) -- are giving young people who may have gotten off track a chance to earn a degree and get the skills they need for the for the 21st century.  CityYear AmeriCorps -- (applause) -- in the house -- I see their jackets -- they’re working with the public schools in Columbia to increase graduation rates.  The Benedict College community is doing outstanding work beyond your walls.  (Applause.)  We put you on the Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.  You earned that honor.  (Applause.)

So as long as I’m President, we’re going to keep doing everything we can to make sure that young people like you can achieve your dreams.  We can’t do it for you; you’ve got to do it yourselves.  But we can give you the tools you need.  We can give you a little bit of a helping hand and a sense of possibility and direction.  You got to do the work, but we can make it a little bit easier for you.

That’s why, one year ago, we launched what we call My Brother’s Keeper.  It's an initiative that challenges communities to bring together nonprofits and foundations and businesses and government, all focused on creating more pathways for young people to succeed.  And this week, we put out a report showing the progress that’s been made.  That progress is thanks to the nearly 200 local leaders who’ve accepted what we call My Brother’s Keeper’s Challenge -- including Mayor Benjamin and the mayors of Johnston and Holly Hill.  They’re doing great work mentoring young people, giving them a new path for success.  (Applause.) 

I’m hugely optimistic about the progress we can make together this year and in the years ahead, because ultimately, I’m optimistic about all of you.  Young people in this country make me optimistic.  The future we can build together.  This new world that we can build together.  I’m proud of you.  But we got a lot more work to do, -- starting right now, because I’m about to take your questions.

Thank you very much, everybody.  (Applause.)  Thank you.

All right, got to make sure the mic works.  So here’s how this is going to work.  You raise your hand.  If I call on you, then wait for the mic so everybody can hear your question.  If you could stand up, introduce yourself.  Try to keep your question relatively short.  I’ll try to keep my answer relatively short.  That way we can get more questions and answers in.  The only other thing -- the only other rule is we’re going to go girl-boy-girl-boy, just to make it fair -- (laughter) -- so it’s not always just the boys thinking they know everything.  (Laughter.)



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