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记者被斩首后 奥巴马打高尔夫惹非议

2014-09-09    来源:chinadaily    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

'Part of this job is also the theater of it... it doesn't come naturally to me'

US President Barack Obama admitted he should have expected to be criticized for hitting the links on the same day that he addressed the beheading of American journalist James Foley and spoke with his family.

'Part of this job is also the theater of it,' he told NBC News' Chuck Todd. 'Well, it's not something that always comes naturally to me. But it matters. And I'm mindful of that.'

He added: 'I should have anticipated the optics' of playing golf.
Obama, who was on vacation at the time of Foley's murder, was heavily criticized for heading to the golf course at Martha's Vineyard where he was vacationing on August 21.

He said he was 'heartbroken' over Foley's death and that it was hard for him to hold back tears while speaking with his family.

Obama blamed the contrasting images partially on how the press follows him everywhere, even while he is 'supposed to be on vacation'.

He said there's always potential for bad news to occur, and sometimes it'll happen while the president is on holiday.

The Ebola outbreak was another subject discussed during the interview, with Obama calling it a 'national security priority'.

The US has a responsibility to give countries without sufficient public health infrastructure the resources they need to contain the virus, he said.

Obama also warned the virus could mutate if not controlled and could become dramatically more threatening for the world and even for the US.

'If we don't make that effort now, and this spreads not just through Africa but other parts of the world, there's the prospect then that the virus mutates,' he said. 'It becomes more easily transmittable. And then it could be a serious danger to the United States.'

Obama said it was essential the US keep spending money on public health aid in developing countries and chastising those who have opposed it.


'I have no higher priority than keeping the American people safe. I think I've done a very good job during the course of these last -- close to six years doing so,' he said in defending his policies overall.

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英国《每日邮报》9月7日报道,美国记者福利8月间遭伊斯兰国(IS)恐怖分子斩首,美国总统奥巴马当时正在度假,他公开谴责这一暴行后,随即赶往高球场挥杆。奥巴马7日接受采访时承认这样做很不应该。

他对美国国家广播公司(NBC)节目《会晤新闻界》主持人查克·托德表示,“演戏也是总统工作的一部分,但我天生不擅长这个,但演戏确实很重要,我也很在意。”

他补充道:“我本应该料想到打高尔夫的后果。”

在福利遇害时,奥巴马正在玛莎葡萄园岛度假。在8月21日,他因去打高尔夫而受到强烈批评。奥巴马称,对于福利的死也“悲痛万分”。在和福利家人交谈时,也不能自已,悲伤落泪。

奥巴马责怪媒体,认为自己的负面形象他们也有责任。因为媒体与他形影相随,跟踪报道,甚至是度假也不放过。

他称,惨剧随时都可能发生,然而有时恰恰发生在他度假的时候。

埃博拉病毒蔓延是访谈中讨论的另一个主题。奥巴马称其是“优先解决的国家安全问题”。

美国有责任给需要的国家提供公共卫生基础设施,来帮助他们控制疫情。

另外,奥巴马担心如果疫情得不到控制,病毒可能变异。这样可能会对世界甚至是美国构成更大威胁。

“如果我们现在不努力控制埃博拉病毒,那么病情不仅仅在非洲蔓延,它甚至会扩散到其他地方。到时病毒可能变异”,奥巴马说,“届时病毒更容易传播,对于美国而言是个严重的威胁。”

奥巴马称,美国要持续为发展中国家提供公共卫生援助,惩罚那些阻挠援助的人,这是非常必要的。

“美国人民的安全是至高无上的。我已经任职六年了,总统任期接近尾声,我认为在此期间我做的非常好。”奥巴马在对其政策全面辩护时说道。


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