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布什2009告别演说(中英双语对照演讲稿)1 - yeyibin2001 - yeyibin2001的博客

Fellow citizens: For eight years, it hasbeen my honor to serve as your President. The firstdecadeof this new century has been a period ofconsequence - a time set apart. Tonight, with a thankful heart, Ihave asked for a final opportunityto share some thoughts on the journey we havetraveled together and the future of our Nation.


Five days from now, the world will witnessthe vitality of American democracy. In a tradition dating back toour founding, the presidency will pass to a successor chosen byyou, the American people. Standing on the steps of the Capitol willbe a man whose story reflects the enduring promise of our land.This is a moment of hope and pride for our whole Nation. And I joinall Americans in offering best wishes to President-elect Obama, hiswife Michelle, and their two beautiful girls.


Tonight I am filled with gratitude - toVice President Cheney and members of the Administration; to Laura,who brought joy to this house and love to my life; to our wonderfuldaughters, Barbara and Jenna; to my parents, whose examples haveprovided strength for a lifetime. And above all, I thank theAmerican people for the trust you have given me. I thank you forthe prayers that have lifted my spirits. And I thank you for thecountless acts of courage, generosity, and grace that I havewitnessed these pasteight years.


This evening, my thoughts return to thefirst night I addressed you from this house - September 11, 2001.That morning, terrorists took nearly 3,000 lives in the worstattack on America since Pearl Harbor. I remember standing in therubble of the World Trade Center three days later, surrounded byrescuers who had been working around the clock. I remember talkingto brave souls who charged through smoke-filled corridors at thePentagon and to husbands and wives whose loved ones became heroesaboard Flight 93. I remember Arlene Howard, who gave me her fallenson's police shield as a reminder of all that was lost. And I still carry hisbadge.


As the years passed, most Americans wereable to return to life much as it had been before Nine-Eleven. ButI never did. Every morning, I received a briefing on the threats toour Nation. And I vowed to do everything in my power to keep ussafe.


Over the past seven years, a newDepartment of Homeland Security has been created. The military, theintelligence community, and the FBI have been transformed. OurNation is equipped with new tools to monitor the terrorists'movements, freeze their finances, and break up their plots. Andwith strong allies at our side, we have taken the fight to theterrorists and those who support them. Afghanistan has gone from anation where the Taliban harbored al Qaeda and stoned women in thestreets to a young democracy that is fighting terror andencouraging girls to go to school. Iraq has gone from a brutaldictatorship and a sworn enemy of America to an Arabdemocracy at the heartof the Middle East and a friend of the United States.


There is legitimate debate about many ofthese decisions. But there can be little debate about the results.America has gone more than seven years without another terroristattack on our soil. This is a tribute to those who toil day andnight to keep us safe - law enforcement officers, intelligenceanalysts, homeland security and diplomatic personnel, and the menand women of the United States Armed Forces.


Our Nation is blessed to have citizens whovolunteer to defend us in this time of danger. I have cherishedmeeting these selfless patriots and their families. America owesyou a debt of gratitude. And to all our men and women in uniformlistening tonight: There has been no higher honor than serving asyour Commander in Chief.


The battles waged by our troops are partof a broader struggle between two dramatically different systems.Under one, a small band of fanatics demands total obedience to anoppressive ideology, condemns women to subservience, and marksunbelievers for murder. The other system is based on the convictionthat freedom is the universal gift of Almighty God and that libertyand justice light the path to peace.


This is the belief that gave birth to ourNation. And in the long run, advancing this belief is the onlypractical way to protect our citizens. When people live in freedom,they do not willingly choose leaders who pursue campaigns of terror.When people have hope in the future, they will not cede their livesto violence and extremism. So around the world, America ispromoting human liberty, human rights, and human dignity. We arestanding with dissidents and young democracies, providing AIDSmedicine to bring dying patients back to life, and sparing mothersand babies from malaria. And this great republic born alone inliberty is leading the world toward a new age when freedom belongsto all nations.


For eight years, we have also strived toexpand opportunity and hope here at home. Across our country,students are rising to meet higher standards in public schools. Anew Medicare prescription drug benefit is bringing peace of mind toseniors and the disabled. Every taxpayer pays lower income taxes.The addicted and suffering are finding new hope through faith-basedprograms. Vulnerable human life is better protected. Funding forour veterans has nearly doubled. America's air, water, and landsare measurably cleaner. And the Federal bench includes wise newmembers like Justice Sam Alito and Chief Justice JohnRoberts.


When challenges to our prosperity emerged,we rose to meet them. Facing the prospect of a financial collapse, we took decisive measures tosafeguard our economy. These are very tough times for hardworkingfamilies, but the toll would be far worse if we had not acted. AllAmericans are in this together. And together, with determinationand hard work, we will restore our economy to the path of growth.We will show the world once again the resilience of America's freeenterprise system.


Like all who have held this office beforeme, I have experienced setbacks.There are things I would do differently if given the chance. Yet Ihave always acted with the best interests of our country in mind. Ihave followed my conscience and done what I thought was right. Youmay not agree with some tough decisions I have made. But I hope youcan agree that I was willing to make the toughdecisions.


The decades ahead will bring more hardchoices for our country, and there are some guiding principles thatshould shape our course.


While our Nation is safer than it wasseven years ago, the gravest threat to our people remains anotherterrorist attack. Our enemies are patient and determined to strikeagain. America did nothing to seek or deserve this conflict. But wehave been given solemn responsibilities, and we must meet them. Wemust resist complacency. We must keep our resolve. And we mustnever let down our guard.


布什2009告别演说(中英双语对照演讲稿)1 - yeyibin2001 - yeyibin2001的博客
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