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布什2009告别演说(中英双语对照演讲稿)1  

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美国当地时间15日晚8时(北京时间16日上午9时),美国总统布什在白宫发表最后告别演说。据白宫官员透露,演说总长13分钟,共5页,布什称自己的总统任期为“在危机中取得重大成就”的时期。
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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.

八年的总统生涯,是美国人民赋予我的荣耀!21世纪的前10年是一个并不寻常的时期。今晚,我带着一颗感恩的心来到这里,并且我希望你们能给我最后一次机会,因为我想和你们分享我对过去八总统生涯的想法,以及我对国家未来的展望。

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.

5天以后,全世界就将会看到美国民主的活力。我即将把我的工作交由你们心目中的理想总统,奥巴马!能够接受全美人民崇敬的人,必须能够为你们,为这片土地带来希望。对于我们的国家来说,这是一个充满希望和自豪的时刻。并且,我渴望与美国人民一道为奥巴马,他的妻子和两个漂亮的女儿送去美好的祝愿。

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.

今天,我满怀感激之情,感谢我的副总统切尼以及我所有的政府成员。我还要感谢我的妻子劳拉和我的女儿芭芭拉,詹娜,是她们给我的生活带来了无尽的快乐和爱意。我感谢我的父母,是他们给予了我前进的动力。最重要的是,我感谢美国人民给予我的信任,我感谢你们给予我的勇气、宽容。

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.

今晚,我的思绪回到了2001年的9月11日。当天早晨,恐怖分子带走了近3000人的生命。自珍珠港事件后,恐怖分子制造了美国历史上最严重的一次恐怖袭击。我想起了3天后我站在世贸中心废墟前的情景,那时,我诚挚地与那些夜以继日抢救伤者的救援工人们交谈,他们不顾自己的危险,在浓烟滚滚的五角大楼的走廊里抓紧工作。同时,我也为不幸遇难的人感到痛心,他们是我们的英雄!我想起了阿琳-霍华德,他当时把他死去儿子的警察盾牌交给了我,以表达对逝者的思念之情。而现在,我仍然珍藏着他的徽章。

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.

随着时间的推移,大部分的美国人民能够从悲痛中解脱出来,并重归“9.11”之前正常的生活。然而,我还没有解脱。每天清晨,我都会收到简报,获知是什么还在威胁着我们国家的安全,并且我发誓一定会竭尽全力来维护你们的安全。

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.

在过去的7年中,我们成立了新的国土安全部。我们的军队,军事情报部门,以及FBI都进行了改革。为了监视恐怖分子的行动,我们已经做了充分的准备,我们冻结了恐怖分子的账户,并屡屡打破了他们的图谋。我们身边也有强大的同盟国,并且我们携起手来共同打击恐怖分子以及那些支持恐怖分子的人。在我们的帮助下,阿富汗已经由恐怖主义的天堂转变成了一个尚未成熟的民主国家,那里的人们正和恐怖主义战斗。此外,女孩子上学也得到了应有的尊重。伊拉克也已经摆脱了萨达姆的残酷统治,并且其不再是美国人民的敌人。相反,伊拉克已经成为了中东地区阿拉伯民主的核心和美国的朋友。

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.

针对我的许多决策,有人对其合法性表示出怀疑。但是,当我们看到结果时这些人就不会再发出疑问了。在过去的七年多来,美国本土再也没有遭受过恐怖袭击。这要归功于那些日夜辛劳保护我们安全的人们:执法人员、情报分析员、国土安全人员、外交人员、以及美军的士兵们。

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.

受上帝的恩典,美国有这些愿意在国家危难之际挺身保护他人的公民。我非常珍惜美国可以拥有这些无私的爱国者及其家庭。美国感激你们。对于那些正在收听的演讲的美军士兵们来说,没有什么荣誉要比让你当上总司令还要崇高。

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.

美军正在从事的战争从属于两种系统之间的冲突,而这两种系统又有天壤之别。在其中的一种系统中,一小撮狂热分子要求所有人都服从于他们所制定的暴虐的意识形态,这些人让妇女屈从,而对那些不相信他们暴政的人进行谋杀。而另一种系统则相信自由是上帝给予全世界的礼物,自由与正义是通往和平的道路。

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.

美国,正是基于这样的信念诞生的。从长远来看,推广这种理念是保护我们公民的唯一选择。当人们生活在自由之中时,他们就不愿再去选择那些追求恐怖活动的领导者。当人们对未来怀有希望时,他们就不会将自己的生命交给暴力和极端主义。环视全球,美国正在推动人类自由、人权及人的尊严的发展。我们同持有不同政见者以及年轻的民主国家同在,我们为挽救生命而提供治疗艾滋病的药物,我们避免母亲和自己的孩子染上疟疾。自由是美国成立的唯一基石,并且领导世界向一个自由普照全球的时代发展。

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.

过去的八年,我们努力扩大美国人民所拥有的机会与希望。在美国,学生不断上进,以求符合公立学校更高的标准。对于老人和残疾人来说,一种新的医疗处方药福利令他们颇感舒心。每个纳税人缴纳了更少的税款。通过以信仰为基础的治疗项目,那些瘾君子和痛苦的人们找到了新希望。过去八年来的工作更好地保护了人脆弱的生命。对于退伍老兵的补助几乎增加了一倍。美国的一山一水都真切地变得更为干净。睿智的山姆-阿力拓、首席法官约翰-罗伯茨加入到联邦法院中。

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.

当美国的繁荣遇到挑战时,我们勇敢地去面对。当金融危机发生时,我们采取果断措施来保护我们的经济。对于那些辛勤工作的家庭来说,这些都是十分艰难的时期。但是如果我们不采取行动的话,结果将会更为糟糕。所有的美国人都站在了一起。凭借着我们的决心和辛勤工作,我们将美国经济重新拉回到增长的车道上。我们将向世界再次展现美国自由企业制度的复兴。

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.

正如所有前任总统一样,我也曾经历过挫折。如果可能的话,我会采取不一样的方式来应对这些措施。但是,我总是为国家利益的最大化来行动。你也许会不同意我所做出的一些决定,但我希望你能理解我是愿意采取这些措施的。

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

未来的几十年,美国将面对更多的艰难抉择,而有一些指导性原则可以塑造我们的道路。

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.

尽管我们的国家要比7年前更为安全,但目前美国最严峻的威胁仍然是另一场恐怖袭击。我们的敌人十分耐心,并且决心要再次发动袭击。美国没有故意挑起冲突。但是我们肩负着庄严的责任,必须同恐怖主义作斗争。我们不能骄傲自满,我们要坚定决心,我们绝不能放松警惕。

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