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President-elect Barack Obama’s Acceptance Speech  

2008-11-11 10:42:25|  分类: 默认分类 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer. It’s the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen; by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the first time in their lives, because they believed that the time must be different; that their voice could be that difference.

It’s the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled-Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States; we always will be, the United States of America

It’s the answer that led those who have been told for so long by so many to be cynical, and fearful, and doubtful of what we can achieve to put their hands arc of history and bend it towards the hope of a better day. It’s been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America

I was never the likeliest candidate for this office. We didn’t start with much money or many endorsements. Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington-it began in the backyards of Des Moines and living rooms of Concord and the front porches of Charleston. It was built by working men and women who dug into what little saving they had to give five dollars and ten dollars and twenty dollars to this cause. It grew strength from the young people who rejected the myth of their generation’s apathy; who left their homes and their families for jobs that offered little pay and less sleep; from the not-so young people who braved the bitter cold and scorching heat to knock on the doors of perfect strangers; from the millions of Americans who volunteered, and organized, and proved that more than two centuries later, a government of the people, by the people and for the people has not perished from the Earth. This is your victoty.

I know you didn’t do this just to win an election and I know you didn’t do it for me. You did it because you understand the enormity of the task that lie ahead. For even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime-two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century. Even as we stand here tonight, we know there are brave Americans waking up in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan to risk their lives for us. There are mothers and fathers who will lie awake after their children fall asleep and wonder how they’ll make the mortgage, or pay their doctor’s bills, or save enough for college. There is new energy to harness and new jobs to be created; new schools to build and threats to meet and alliances to repair.

The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America-I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you-we as a people will be there. There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won’t agree with every decision or policy I make as President, and we know that government cann’t solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And above all, I will ask you join in the work of remarking this nation the only way it’s been done in America for two –hundred and twenty-one years-block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.

What began twenty-one months ago in the depths of winter can not end on this autumn night. This victory alone is not the change we seek-it is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cann’t happen if we go back to the way things were. It cannot happen without you. So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism; of service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other. Let us remember that if this financial crisis taught us anything, it’s that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers-in this country, we rise or fall as one nation; as one people.

Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long. Let us remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House-a party founded on the values of self-reliance, individual liberty, and national unity. Those are values we will share, and while the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determonation to heal the divides that have held back our progress. As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, “We are not enemies, but friends…though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection.” And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn-I may not have your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your President too.

And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of our world-our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand. To those who would tear this world down-we will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security-we support you. And to all those who have wondered if America’s beacon still burns as bright-tonight we proved once more that true strength of our nation comes not from our the might of our arms or scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals; democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope. For that is the true genius of America-that America can change. Our union can be perfected. And what we have already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.

This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations. But one that’s my mind tonight is about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta. She’s a lot like millions of others who stood in line to make their voice heared in this election except for one thing-Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old

She was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldn’t vote for two reasons-beacause she was a woman and because of the colour of her skin. And tonight, I think about all that she’s seen throughout her century in America-the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can’t, and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes we can. At a time when women’s voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot. Yes we can.

When there was despair in the dust bowl and depression across the land, she saw a nation conquer fear itself with a New Deal, new jobs and a new sense of common purpose. Yes we can. When the bombs fell on our harbour and tyranny threatened the world,she was there to witness a generation rise to greatness and a democracy was saved. Yes we can.

She was there for buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma, and a preacher from Atlanta who told that “We shall Overcome.” Yes we can.A man touched down on the moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a world was connected by science and imagination. And this year, in this election, she touched her fingers to the screen, and cast her vote, because after 106 years in America, through the best of times and the darkest of huors, she knows how America can change. Yes we can.

America,we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves-if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to liveas long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made?

This is our chance to answer the call. This is our moment. This is our time-to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth-that out of many, we are one, that while we breathe, we hope, and where we met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people:Yes We Can. Thank you,God bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America.

 注释

男儿何为?

(为奥巴马的演说所感动,联想到荷尔德林所问诗人何为?”,于是,在人生历险的途中,顿一下,写几个字,取暖.)

男儿啊

渴望生为勇士

像巴顿

鏖战沙场

饮弹或封侯

 

男儿啊

渴望众望所归

像林肯

立天地之间

宣示正义

 

男儿啊

渴望拥有智慧

像朗道

以使徒之心

追随真理

 

男儿啊

逐梦的夸父

信仰梦的部落

踏进梦,找寻自己

也因梦而高贵

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