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奥巴马总统发表最后一次国情咨文

2016-01-13    来源:whitehouse.gov    【      普特网校:美国外教1对1

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当地时间12日晚,美国总统奥巴马发表任内最后一次国情咨文,也是其第七次进行国情咨文。

奥巴马入场后向国会议员问新年好,随后在演讲开始时,奥巴马戏言:我不会讲太久。

在演讲中,奥巴马首先回顾历史,表示:美国面临变革,前所未见。

随后奥巴马讲到:我们将聚焦于我们的未来。

随后他谈到了四个问题:

第一,在新经济形势下,我们如何给每个人公平的机会和保障?

第二,我们如何使技术为我们服务,而不是与我们对对抗,尤其是在解决迫在眉睫的挑战,比如气候变化时。

第三,我们如何保护美国安全,领导世界而不做世界警察?

最后,我们如何让我们的政治反映我们中间最优秀的品质,而不是最糟糕的。(来自凤凰网)

全文如下:

 Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans:

议长先生、副总统先生、各位国会议员和美国同胞们:

Tonight marks the eighth year I've come here to report on the State of the Union. And for this final one, I'm going to try to make it shorter. I know some of you are antsy to get back to Iowa.

今晚是我在这里做国情咨文的第八个年头,也是最后一次。我将尽量简而言之。我知道你们中有些人急着回爱荷华州(译者注:两党党内预选进行地)。

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I also understand that because it's an election season, expectations for what we'll achieve this year are low. Still, Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the constructive approach you and the other leaders took at the end of last year to pass a budget and make tax cuts permanent for working families. So I hope we can work together this year on bipartisan priorities like criminal justice reform, and helping people who are battling prescription drug abuse. We just might surprise the cynics again.

我也理解此时正当大选之季,因此公众对我们今年成就的期望并不高。但是,议长先生,您以及其他领导人去年年末通过了建设性的预算决议,使得工薪家庭减税计划能够长久实施下去,我对此深表感激。因此我衷心希望今年两党能够在一些重要事务上同心协作,比如,推行刑事司法改革,帮助那些与处方药滥用行为抗争的人们。我们很可能会让质疑者们再次大吃一惊。

But tonight, I want to go easy on the traditional list of proposals for the year ahead. Don't worry, I've got plenty, from helping students learn to write computer code to personalizing medical treatments for patients. And I'll keep pushing for progress on the work that still needs doing. Fixing a broken immigration system. Protecting our kids from gun violence. Equal pay for equal work, paid leave, raising the minimum wage. All these things still matter to hardworking families; they are still the right thing to do; and I will not let up until they get done.

但在今晚,我打算少谈些像往年那样的发展计划。别担心,我还是有很多计划要谈,比如,帮助学生学习编写计算机代码,以及对病人进行个性化治疗。我将继续推动这些未竟事业的进步。完善有漏洞的移民体系。保护我们的孩子们免遭枪械暴力。继续推行同工同酬及带薪休假,并提高最低工资水平。所有的这一切对于努力工作的家庭们来说依然至关重要;这些仍是我们要做的对的事情。我绝不会放松这些工作,直至他们完成为止。

But for my final address to this chamber, I don't want to talk just about the next year. I want to focus on the next five years, ten years, and beyond.

但这是我最后一次在此发表讲话,我不想只谈论来年的事宜。我想关注今后的五年、十年,甚至更久远的事情。

I want to focus on our future.

我更关注我们的未来。

We live in a time of extraordinary change – change that's reshaping the way we live, the way we work, our planet and our place in the world. It's change that promises amazing medical breakthroughs, but also economic disruptions that strain working families. It promises education for girls in the most remote villages, but also connects terrorists plotting an ocean away. It's change that can broaden opportunity, or widen inequality. And whether we like it or not, the pace of this change will only accelerate. 

我们生活在一个充满巨变的时代,这场巨变改变了我们的生活、工作方式,改变了我们的星球和我们在世界上的地位。这种巨变预示着医学将出现重大突破,也会带来困扰着工薪家庭的经济动荡。它为生活在边远山区的女孩们带去教育的希望,却也使远距重洋的恐怖分子得以串通一气策划阴谋。这场巨变能够带来机遇,也会扩大不公。无论我们喜欢与否,这场巨变的进度只会越来越快。

 

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