11 2009

Obama the stand-up comedian

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美国总统奥巴马在白宫记者晚餐会(White House correspondents’ dinner)上的演出。这个一年一度的晚餐会是华盛顿政治圈子内的一项传统,规矩是现任总统必须到场做一番诙谐演讲。在这个16分钟的演讲中,奥巴马以他就任100天内的许多事件为素材开了许多玩笑,在最后3分钟开始严肃起来,向在座的记者们致敬。

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Rahm Emanuel 是奥巴马的幕僚长(chief of staff),以满口粗话闻名。

It’s a tough holiday for [Emanuel] … He’s not used to saying the word ‘day” after mother …

Michael Steele 共和党主席

John Boehner 众议院共和党领袖

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04 2009

Daily Quote: No We Can’t

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今天《泰晤士报》的头版头条

Europe: No We Can’t

是对奥巴马竞选口号 Yes We Can 的文字游戏。这里的 Can’t 说的是欧洲大陆国家不愿意响应奥巴马号召向阿富汗增兵。

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20 2009

Inaugural speech of President Barack Obama

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Inaugural address of President Barack Obama

My fellow citizens:

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

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十一 25 2008

Video: Hillary as Secrectary of State?

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Guardian’s Jonathan Freedland assesses the pros and cons of Hillary Clinton as Secrectary of State.

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十一 10 2008

英语阅读 Hope – the image that is already an American classic

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《卫报》作者 Laura Barton 介绍一幅在奥巴马竞选过程采用最多,由街头艺术家 Shepard Fairey 创作的海报招贴(组图)。

Hope – the image that is already an American classic

o Laura Barton
o guardian.co.uk, Monday November 10 2008 00.01 GMT

The iconic image of the US presidential election is a screenprint measuring 85x55cm on woven paper showing Barack Obama above the word “HOPE”. Created by street artist Shepard Fairey, it has cropped up across America and, though not officially commissioned by the Obama campaign, on November 5 it hung around Chicago accompanied by the message “Congratulations Chicago’s Own Barack Obama, President-Elect of the United States of America.”

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十一 07 2008

英语阅读 Bush and Obama

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今天 Alexander Chancellor 的专栏文章把布什比作一个小孩把自己的玩具全部砸烂后,让另一个小孩接着玩。

Bush is like a child who has smashed up his toys inviting another to come and play in his nursery
Alexander Chancellor

“Go enjoy yourself,” said President Bush in his congratulatory telephone call to Barack Obama on election night. It was like a child who has just smashed up all his toys inviting another to come and play in his nursery. To inherit two wars and a broken economy would not be most people’s idea of fun. But that’s pig-headed Bush for you.

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十一 06 2008

英语阅读 Journey of generations that passed in a moment

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《卫报》驻美国专栏作家 Gary Younge 在奥巴马获胜时回顾美国黑人的艰辛历史。

Journey of generations that passed in a moment

* Gary Younge in Chicago
* guardian.co.uk, Thursday November 6 2008 00.01 GMT

There are times when the usually glacial pace of social progress accelerates to such a degree that you feel you are experiencing it in real time. Stand in the present and history comes rushing towards you, making you feel lightheaded.

The second that Ohio fell to Barack Obama on Tuesday evening, effectively handing him the keys to the White House, was one of those dizzying moments. A man born three years before African-Americans had secured their right to vote had risen by popular acclaim to the highest office in the land before he reached 50.

A political journey that should take generations felt as though it had occurred in a moment.

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十一 05 2008

英语阅读 Obama’s acceptance speech

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奥巴马获胜演讲全文。

Obama acceptance speech in full
A speech by the new president-elect of the United States of America, Barack Obama

Barack Obama

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.

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