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希拉里退出竞选的演讲(比澳巴马更标准好听的英语)  

2009-01-29 12:04:36|  分类: 雅思口语技巧/英 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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友情提示:没有字幕,不过演讲语速很慢,听起来障碍不大。

 

Thank you so much. Thank you all.

Well, this isn’t exactly the party I’d planned, but I sure like thecompany.

I want to start today by saying how grateful I am to all of you –to everyone who poured your hearts and your hopes into thiscampaign, who drove for miles and lined the streets waving homemadesigns, who scrimped and saved to raise money, who knocked on doorsand made calls, who talked and sometimes argued with your friendsand neighbors, who emailed and contributed online, who invested somuch in our common enterprise, to the moms and dads who came to ourevents, who lifted their little girls and little boys on theirshoulders and whispered in their ears, “See, you can be anythingyou want to be.”

To the young people like 13 year-old Ann Riddle from Mayfield, Ohiowho had been saving for two years to go to Disney World, anddecided to use her savings instead to travel to Pennsylvania withher Mom and volunteer there as well. To the veterans and thechildhood friends, to New Yorkers and Arkansans who traveled acrossthe country and telling anyone who would listen why you supportedme.

To all those women in their 80s and their 90s born before womencould vote who cast their votes for our campaign. I’ve told youbefore about Florence Steen of South Dakota, who was 88 years old,and insisted that her daughter bring an absentee ballot to herhospice bedside. Her daughter and a friend put an American flagbehind her bed and helped her fill out the ballot. She passed awaysoon after, and under state law, her ballot didn’t count. But herdaughter later told a reporter, “My dad’s an ornery old cowboy, andhe didn’t like it when he heard mom’s vote wouldn’t be counted. Idon’t think he had voted in 20 years. But he voted in place of mymom.”

To all those who voted for me, and to whom I pledged my utmost, mycommitment to you and to the progress we seek is unyielding. Youhave inspired and touched me with the stories of the joys andsorrows that make up the fabric of our lives and you have humbledme with your commitment to our country.

18 million of you from all walks of life – women and men, young andold, Latino and Asian, African-American and Caucasian, rich, poorand middle class, gay and straight – you have stood strong with me.And I will continue to stand strong with you, every time, everyplace, and every way that I can. The dreams we share are worthfighting for.

Remember - we fought for the single mom with a young daughter,juggling work and school, who told me, “I’m doing it all to bettermyself for her.” We fought for the woman who grabbed my hand, andasked me, “What are you going to do to make sure I have healthcare?” and began to cry because even though she works three jobs,she can’t afford insurance. We fought for the young man in theMarine Corps t-shirt who waited months for medical care and said,“Take care of my buddies over there and then, will you please helptake care of me?” We fought for all those who’ve lost jobs andhealth care, who can’t afford gas or groceries or college, who havefelt invisible to their president these last seven years.

I entered this race because I have an old-fashioned conviction:that public service is about helping people solve their problemsand live their dreams. I’ve had every opportunity and blessing inmy own life – and I want the same for all Americans. Until that daycomes, you will always find me on the front lines of democracy –fighting for the future.

The way to continue our fight now – to accomplish the goals forwhich we stand – is to take our energy, our passion, our strengthand do all we can to help elect Barack Obama the next President ofthe United States.

Today, as I suspend my campaign, I congratulate him on the victoryhe has won and the extraordinary race he has run. I endorse him,and throw my full support behind him. And I ask all of you to joinme in working as hard for Barack Obama as you have for me.

I have served in the Senate with him for four years. I have been inthis campaign with him for 16 months. I have stood on the stage andgone toe-to-toe with him in 22 debates. I have had a front row seatto his candidacy, and I have seen his strength and determination,his grace and his grit.

In his own life, Barack Obama has lived the American Dream. As acommunity organizer, in the state senate, as a United StatesSenator - he has dedicated himself to ensuring the dream isrealized. And in this campaign, he has inspired so many to becomeinvolved in the democratic process and invested in our commonfuture.

Now when I started this race, I intended to win back the WhiteHouse, and make sure we have a president who puts our country backon the path to peace, prosperity, and progress. And that's exactlywhat we're going to do by ensuring that Barack Obama walks throughthe doors of the Oval Office on January 20, 2009.

I understand that we all know this has been a tough fight. TheDemocratic Party is a family, and it’s now time to restore the tiesthat bind us together and to come together around the ideals weshare, the values we cherish, and the country we love.

We may have started on separate journeys – but today, our pathshave merged. And we are all heading toward the same destination,united and more ready than ever to win in November and to turn ourcountry around because so much is at stake.

We all want an economy that sustains the American Dream, theopportunity to work hard and have that work rewarded, to save forcollege, a home and retirement, to afford that gas and thosegroceries and still have a little left over at the end of themonth. An economy that lifts all of our people and ensures that ourprosperity is broadly distributed and shared.

We all want a health care system that is universal, high quality,and affordable so that parents no longer have to choose betweencare for themselves or their children or be stuck in dead end jobssimply to keep their insurance. This isn’t just an issue for me –it is a passion and a cause – and it is a fight I will continueuntil every single American is insured – no exceptions, noexcuses.

We all want an America defined by deep and meaningful equality –from civil rights to labor rights, from women’s rights to gayrights, from ending discrimination to promoting unionization toproviding help for the most important job there is: caring for ourfamilies.

We all want to restore America’s standing in the world, to end thewar in Iraq and once again lead by the power of our values, and tojoin with our allies to confront our shared challenges from povertyand genocide to terrorism and global warming.

You know, I’ve been involved in politics and public life in one wayor another for four decades. During those forty years, our countryhas voted ten times for President. Democrats won only three ofthose times. And the man who won two of those elections is with ustoday.

We made tremendous progress during the 90s under a DemocraticPresident, with a flourishing economy, and our leadership for peaceand security respected around the world. Just think how much moreprogress we could have made over the past 40 years if we had aDemocratic president. Think about the lost opportunities of thesepast seven years – on the environment and the economy, on healthcare and civil rights, on education, foreign policy and the SupremeCourt. Imagine how far we could’ve come, how much we could’veachieved if we had just had a Democrat in the White House.

We cannot let this moment slip away. We have come too far andaccomplished too much.

Now the journey ahead will not be easy. Some will say we can’t doit. That it’s too hard. That we’re just not up to the task. But foras long as America has existed, it has been the American way toreject “can’t do” claims, and to choose instead to stretch theboundaries of the possible through hard work, determination, and apioneering spirit.

It is this belief, this optimism, that Senator Obama and I share,and that has inspired so many millions of our supporters to maketheir voices heard.

So today, I am standing with Senator Obama to say: Yes wecan.

Together we will work. We’ll have to work hard to get universalhealth care. But on the day we live in an America where no child,no man, and no woman is without health insurance, we will live in astronger America. That’s why we need to help elect Barack Obama ourPresident.

We’ll have to work hard to get back to fiscal responsibility and astrong middle class. But on the day we live in an America whosemiddle class is thriving and growing again, where all Americans, nomatter where they live or where their ancestors came from, can earna decent living, we will live in a stronger America and that is whywe must elect Barack Obama our President.

We’ll have to work hard to foster the innovation that makes usenergy independent and lift the threat of global warming from ourchildren’s future. But on the day we live in an America fueled byrenewable energy, we will live in a stronger America. That’s why wehave to help elect Barack Obama our President.

We’ll have to work hard to bring our troops home from Iraq, and getthem the support they’ve earned by their service. But on the day welive in an America that’s as loyal to our troops as they have beento us, we will live in a stronger America and that is why we musthelp elect Barack Obama our President.

This election is a turning point election and it is critical thatwe all understand what our choice really is. Will we go forwardtogether or will we stall and slip backwards. Think how muchprogress we have already made. When we first started, peopleeverywhere asked the same questions:

Could a woman really serve as Commander-in-Chief? Well, I think weanswered that one.

And could an African American really be our President? SenatorObama has answered that one.

Together Senator Obama and I achieved milestones essential to ourprogress as a nation, part of our perpetual duty to form a moreperfect union.

Now, on a personal note – when I was asked what it means to be awoman running for President, I always gave the same answer: that Iwas proud to be running as a woman but I was running because Ithought I’d be the best President. But I am a woman, and likemillions of women, I know there are still barriers and biases outthere, often unconscious.

I want to build an America that respects and embraces the potentialof every last one of us.

I ran as a daughter who benefited from opportunities my mothernever dreamed of. I ran as a mother who worries about my daughter’sfuture and a mother who wants to lead all children to brightertomorrows. To build that future I see, we must make sure that womenand men alike understand the struggles of their grandmothers andmothers, and that women enjoy equal opportunities, equal pay, andequal respect. Let us resolve and work toward achieving some verysimple propositions: There are no acceptable limits and there areno acceptable prejudices in the twenty-first century.

You can be so proud that, from now on, it will be unremarkable fora woman to win primary state victories, unremarkable to have awoman in a close race to be our nominee, unremarkable to think thata woman can be the President of the United States. And that istruly remarkable.

To those who are disappointed that we couldn’t go all the way –especially the young people who put so much into this campaign – itwould break my heart if, in falling short of my goal, I in any waydiscouraged any of you from pursuing yours. Always aim high, workhard, and care deeply about what you believe in. When you stumble,keep faith. When you’re knocked down, get right back up. And neverlisten to anyone who says you can’t or shouldn’t go on.

As we gather here today in this historic magnificent building, the50th woman to leave this Earth is orbiting overhead. If we canblast 50 women into space, we will someday launch a woman into theWhite House.

Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glassceiling this time, thanks to you, it’s got about 18 million cracksin it. And the light is shining through like never before, fillingus all with the hope and the sure knowledge that the path will be alittle easier next time. That has always been the history ofprogress in America.

Think of the suffragists who gathered at Seneca Falls in 1848 andthose who kept fighting until women could cast their votes. Thinkof the abolitionists who struggled and died to see the end ofslavery. Think of the civil rights heroes and foot-soldiers whomarched, protested and risked their lives to bring about the end tosegregation and Jim Crow.

Because of them, I grew up taking for granted that women couldvote. Because of them, my daughter grew up taking for granted thatchildren of all colors could go to school together. Because ofthem, Barack Obama and I could wage a hard fought campaign for theDemocratic nomination. Because of them, and because of you,children today will grow up taking for granted that an AfricanAmerican or a woman can yes, become President of the UnitedStates.

When that day arrives and a woman takes the oath of office as ourPresident, we will all stand taller, proud of the values of ournation, proud that every little girl can dream and that her dreamscan come true in America. And all of you will know that because ofyour passion and hard work you helped pave the way for thatday.

So I want to say to my supporters, when you hear people saying – orthink to yourself – “if only” or “what if,” I say, “please don’t gothere.” Every moment wasted looking back keeps us from movingforward.

Life is too short, time is too precious, and the stakes are toohigh to dwell on what might have been. We have to work together forwhat still can be. And that is why I will work my heart out to makesure that Senator Obama is our next President and I hope and praythat all of you will join me in that effort.

To my supporters and colleagues in Congress, to the governors andmayors, elected officials who stood with me, in good times and inbad, thank you for your strength and leadership. To my friends inour labor unions who stood strong every step of the way – I thankyou and pledge my support to you. To my friends, from every stageof my life – your love and ongoing commitments sustain me everysingle day. To my family – especially Bill and Chelsea and mymother, you mean the world to me and I thank you for all you havedone. And to my extraordinary staff, volunteers and supporters,thank you for working those long, hard hours. Thank you fordropping everything – leaving work or school – traveling to placesyou’d never been, sometimes for months on end. And thanks to yourfamilies as well because your sacrifice was theirs too.

All of you were there for me every step of the way. Being human, weare imperfect. That’s why we need each other. To catch each otherwhen we falter. To encourage each other when we lose heart. Somemay lead; others may follow; but none of us can go it alone. Thechanges we’re working for are changes that we can only accomplishtogether. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are rightsthat belong to each of us as individuals. But our lives, ourfreedom, our happiness, are best enjoyed, best protected, and bestadvanced when we do work together.

That is what we will do now as we join forces with Senator Obamaand his campaign. We will make history together as we write thenext chapter in America’s story. We will stand united for thevalues we hold dear, for the vision of progress we share, and forthe country we love. There is nothing more American thanthat.

And looking out at you today, I have never felt so blessed. Thechallenges that I have faced in this campaign are nothing comparedto those that millions of Americans face every day in their ownlives. So today, I’m going to count my blessings and keep on going.I’m going to keep doing what I was doing long before the camerasever showed up and what I’ll be doing long after they’re gone:Working to give every American the same opportunities I had, andworking to ensure that every child has the chance to grow up andachieve his or her God-given potential.

I will do it with a heart filled with gratitude, with a deep andabiding love for our country– and with nothing but optimism andconfidence for the days ahead. This is now our time to do all thatwe can to make sure that in this election we add another Democraticpresident to that very small list of the last 40 years and that wetake back our country and once again move with progress andcommitment to the future.

Thank you all and God bless you and God bless America.

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