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美国总统布什白宫告别演说 Full Text of President George W. Bush
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  各位同胞:
  过去的八年,我很荣幸地成为你们的总统。这个世纪的头十年是一个非常重要的时期。今晚,带着一颗感恩的心,我将利用这最后的机会和你们一起分享我的一些看法,对过去一起走过的时光以及我们国家未来的看法。
Fellow citizens: For eight years, it has been my honor to serve as
your president. The first decade of this new century has been a
period of consequence ? a time set apart. Tonight, with a thankful
heart, I have asked for a final opportunity to share some thoughts
on the journey that we have traveled together, and the future of our
nation.
  再过五天,世界将见证充满活力的美国民主政治。根据我们建国时创立的传统,总统职位将交给你们--美国人民选举出来的继任者。届时站在国会台阶上的那个人,他的经历将折射出我们这个国家长久以来的承诺。对于我们整个国家来说,这是一个充满希望和自豪的时刻。我将和其他所有美国人民一起,向当选总统奥巴马、他的妻子米歇尔以及他们两位美丽的女儿表达最美好的祝愿。
Five days from now, the world will witness the vitality of American
democracy. In a tradition dating back to our founding, the
presidency will pass to a successor chosen by you, the American
people. Standing on the steps of the Capitol will be a man whose
history reflects the enduring promise of our land. This is a moment
of hope and pride for our whole nation. And I join all Americans in
offering best wishes to President-elect Obama, his wife Michelle,
and their two beautiful girls.
  今晚,我的内心充满感激。我要感谢副总统切尼以及白宫的每一位工作人员;我要感谢劳拉,是她带给了这个家庭无比的快乐,带给我爱;我要感谢两名优秀的女儿--巴巴拉和杰纳;我要感谢我的父母,他们树立的榜样为我的一生提供了动力。除此之外,还我要感谢所有美国人民给予我的信任。谢谢你们的祈祷让我斗志昂扬。在过去的八年时间里,你们给了我无穷的勇气和宽厚,我对此表示深深的感谢。
Tonight I am filled with gratitude ? to Vice President Cheney and
members of my administration; to Laura, who brought joy to this
house and love to my life; to our wonderful daughters, Barbara and
Jenna; to my parents, whose examples have provided strength for a
lifetime. And above all, I thank the American people for the trust
you have given me. I thank you for the prayers that have lifted my
spirits. And I thank you for the countless acts of courage,
generosity and grace that I have witnessed these past eight years.
  今晚,我的思绪重新回到2001年9月11日,当时我第一次在这里发表晚间演说。那天上午,恐怖分子对美国发动了自珍珠港事件以来最为严重的恐怖袭击,造成约3000人死亡。我清楚地记得,我三天后站在世贸大楼的残骸前,周围是夜以继日不停工作的救援人员。我记得我同那些穿过五角大楼浓烟密布的走廊进行救援的勇士们交谈,同那些93号航班英雄们的妻子和爱人们对话。我还记得阿勒内-霍华德,她将自己已经牺牲的儿子的警徽送给我,提示我们所失去的一切。直到现在,我都一直保存着他的徽章。
This evening, my thoughts return to the first night I addressed you
from this house ? September the 11th, 20
  01. That morning, terrorists
took nearly 3,000 lives in the worst attack on America since Pearl
Harbor. I remember standing in the rubble of the World Trade Center
three days later, surrounded by rescuers who had been working around
the clock. I remember talking to brave souls who charged through
smoke-filled corridors at the Pentagon, and to husbands and wives
whose loved ones became heroes aboard Flight
  93. I remember Arlene
Howard, who gave me her fallen son's police shield as a reminder of
all that was lost. And I still carry his badge.
  随着时光流逝,绝大多数美国人重新回到了911以前的生活状态。但我却从来没有。每天早上,我都会听取国家面临威胁的一个简报。那时我会发誓要尽我最大的努力来保证我们的安全。
As the years passed, most Americans were able to return to life much
as it had been before 9/
  11. But I never did. Every morning, I
received a briefing on the threats to our nation. I vowed to do
everything in my power to keep us safe.
  在七年前,一个全新的机构--国土安全部正式成立了。美国的军队、情报机构以及联邦调查局都进行了改造,我们的国家使用最新的装备来监控恐怖分子的动向,冻结他们的财产并且粉碎他们的阴谋。和我们强有力的盟友一起,我们对恐怖分子以及他们的支持者宣战。阿富汗原来是一个塔利班政权包庇“基地”组织,妇女走在街头会遭到石头袭击的国家,但现在却成为了一个新兴的民主国家,它在与恐怖势力做斗争并且鼓励女孩们上学。伊拉克也从一个残暴的独裁政权,一个发誓与美国不共戴天的国家,变成为中东心脏地带的民主国家,变成为美国的朋友。
Over the past seven years, a new Department of Homeland Security has
been created. The military, the intelligence community and the FBI
have been transformed. Our nation is equipped with new tools to
monitor the terrorists' movements, freeze their finances and break
up their plots. And with strong allies at our side, we have taken
the fight to the terrorists and those who support them. Afghanistan
has gone from a nation where the Taliban harbored al-Qaida and
stoned women in the streets to a young democracy that is fighting
terror and encouraging girls to go to school. Iraq has gone from a
brutal dictatorship and a sworn enemy of America to an Arab
democracy at the heart of the Middle East and a friend of the United
States.
  关于这些决策存在着一些合理的争论,但对于这些结果却没有任何争议。美国在过去的7年多时间里没有再在本土遭到过恐怖袭击,这要感谢那些日夜辛勤工作保卫我们安全的人,包括执法人员、情报分析人员、国土安全和外交官员,以及美国军队的男女士兵。
There is legitimate debate about many of these decisions. But there
can be little debate about the results. America has gone more than
seven years without another terrorist attack on our soil. This is a
tribute to those who toil night and day to keep us safe ? law
enforcement officers, intelligence analysts, homeland security and
diplomatic personnel, and the men and women of the United States
Armed Forces.
  我们的国家非常幸运地拥有这样的国民,当我们的国家处在危险之中时,他们自愿起来保卫我们的国家。我非常珍视与这些无私的爱国者以及他们家人进行的会面,美国应该感谢你们。对于那些今晚正在聆听这次演讲的男女军人们,我想说的是:这个世界上再也没有比成为你们的总司令更让人感到荣幸了。
Our nation is blessed to have citizens who volunteer to defend us in
this time of danger. I have cherished meeting these selfless
patriots and their families. And America owes you a debt of
gratitude. And to all our men and women in uniform listening
tonight: There has been no higher honor than serving as your
commander in chief.
  我们的军队目前正在进行的战争,广义上来看其实是两种不同体系之间的战争。一种是一小撮狂热分子要求人们完全臣服于压迫的意识形态,他们迫害妇女并且杀害那些和他不一样信仰的人。另外一种体系则建立在普世的民主基础上,自由和正义照亮了和平之路。
The battles waged by our troops are part of a broader struggle
between two dramatically different systems. Under one, a small band
of fanatics demands total obedience to an oppressive ideology,
condemns women to subservience and marks unbelievers for murder. The
other system is based on the conviction that freedom is the
universal gift of Almighty God, and that liberty and justice light
the path to peace.
  我们的国家正是在这种信念下诞生的。长期来看,倡导这种信念是保卫我们国民的唯一切实有效的方法。当人们生活在民主政治中,他们就不会选举出那些追随恐怖势力的领导人。当人们对未来充满希望,他们就不会选择放弃生命来发动暴力袭击。因此,美国一直在全世界倡导自由、人权和尊严。我们向那些新兴的民主政体提供支持,向艾滋病人提供药物让垂死的病人起死回生,让母亲和婴儿们免受疟疾的困扰。这个在自由基础上诞生的伟大国家,正带领全世界走向一个新时代,这个时代民主将属于所有的国家。
This is the belief that gave birth to our nation. And in the long
run, advancing this belief is the only practical 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 lives to violence and extremism. So
around the world, America is promoting human liberty, human rights
and human dignity. We're standing with dissidents and young
democracies, providing AIDS medicine to dying patients ? to bring
dying patients back to life, and sparing mothers and babies from
malaria. And this great republic born alone in liberty is leading
the world toward a new age when freedom belongs to all nations.
  过去八年里,我们也努力地在国内扩张机会和希望。在全国,学生们现在可以在公立学校接受条件更好的教育;新的医疗福利政府让老人和残疾人更加安心;每一位纳税人的个人所得税降低;通过信心重建计划,那些吸毒者也找到了新的希望;人们脆弱的生命得到更好的保护;为老兵提供的资金保障几乎增加一倍;美国的空气、水源以及土地比以前更加清洁。
For eight years, we've also strived to expand opportunity and hope
here at home. Across our country, students are rising to meet higher
standards in public schools. A new Medicare prescription drug
benefit is bringing peace of mind to seniors and the disabled. Every
taxpayer pays lower income taxes. The addicted and suffering are
finding new hope through faith-based programs. Vulnerable human life
is better protected. Funding for our veterans has nearly doubled.
America's air and water and lands are measurably cleaner. And the
federal bench includes wise new members like Justice Sam Alito and
Chief Justice John Roberts.
  当繁荣遇到挑战时,我们采取了行动。在面临金融崩溃时,我们采取了决定性的措施来保卫经济。对于那些辛苦工作的家庭来说,这是一个非常艰难的时期,但是如果我们不采取行动,后果会更严重,所有的美国人都受到了影响。团结一心的美国人将通过坚定信心和辛勤的工作来使我们的经济再次走上成长之路。我们将向世界再次展示,美国自由企业制度的坚韧性。
When challenges to our prosperity
 

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