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今晚,我满怀希望,因为我已经看到美国精神正在得以发扬。我看到有些家族企业,所有者宁可减少自己的薪酬也不愿让邻居丢掉工作;我看到有些工人宁愿缩减自己的工时也不愿看到朋友没有活干;我看到有些士兵在失去一条腿或胳膊之后又选择再次入伍;我看到海豹突击队员不避危险冲上楼梯、冲入黑暗,因为他们知道有一个兄弟在做他的后盾。 (来源:英语杂志 http://www.EnglishCN.com)


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I’ve seen it on the shores of New Jersey and New York, where leaders from every party and level of government have swept aside their differences to help a community rebuild from the wreckage of a terrible storm. And I saw just the other day, in Mentor, Ohio, where a father told the story of his 8-year-old daughter, whose long battle with leukemia nearly cost their family everything had it not been for health care reform passing just a few months before the insurance company was about to stop paying for her care.
在新泽西和纽约的海岸,我也看到了美国精神。每一个政党和各级政府的领导者都捐弃分歧,为在骇人风暴过后的废墟上重建社区各尽己力。就在不久前的一天,在俄亥俄的门托,我看到一位父亲在讲述他8岁女儿的故事。这个女孩与白血病进行了长期的斗争,如果不是因为几个月前通过的医改法案,保险公司就会停止支付医疗费用,他们的家庭就将失去一切。


I had an opportunity to not just talk to the father, but meet this incredible daughter of his. And when he spoke to the crowd listening to that father’s story, every parent in that room had tears in their eyes, because we knew that little girl could be our own. And I know that every American wants her future to be just as bright. That’s who we are. That’s the country I’m so proud to lead as your president.
我曾有机会与这位父亲攀谈,不仅如此,我还见到了他的女儿,这个非常了不起的小姑娘。当这位父亲向倾听他的故事的人讲述时,每一位在场的父母的眼里都含着泪水,因为我们知道,我们自己的孩子也有可能遇到这种状况。而且我知道,每一位美国人都希望这位小女孩的未来能像所有人的未来一样光明。这就是美国人,这就是美国,我为自己能够成为这个国家的总统、带领这个国家前行感到无比光荣。


And tonight, despite all the hardship we’ve been through, despite all the frustrations of Washington, I’ve never been more hopeful about our future. I have never been more hopeful about America. And I ask you to sustain that hope. I’m not talking about blind optimism, the kind of hope that just ignores the enormity of the tasks ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path. I’m not talking about the wishful idealism that allows us to just sit on the sidelines or shirk from a fight.
今晚,尽管我们遭遇了很多困难,尽管华盛顿有诸多不尽人意之处,我仍从未像现在这样对未来充满希望。我从未像现在这样对美国充满希望。我请大家也保持这样的希望。我所说的并非盲目的乐观主义,不是那种看不到眼前的任务有多么艰巨、看不到前行的路上有什么样的障碍的希望;我所说的并非作壁上观或是临战退缩的一厢情愿的理想主义。


I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting.
我一直相信,所谓希望就是我们内心倔强地坚持的力量,相信不管有多少相反的证据,都要相信有更好的东西在等着我们,只要我们有勇气不断前行、不懈工作、不停战斗。


America, I believe we can build on the progress we’ve made and continue to fight for new jobs and new opportunity and new security for the middle class. I believe we can keep the promise of our founders, the idea that if you’re willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in America if you’re willing to try.
国民们,我相信我们有能力在已经取得的进步的基础上再进一步,继续为了给中产阶级创造新的工作、新的机遇、新的保障而战斗。我相信我们有能力信守开国者们许下的诺言,信守这样一种理念,那就是不管你是谁,不管你来自哪里,不管你长相如何,不管你爱着哪个地方,你所需要做的就是努力工作。不管你的肤色是黑是白,不管你是拉美裔、亚裔还是美国原住民,不管你年轻还是年老,富有还是贫穷,身体健全或是残障,同性恋还是异性恋,只要你愿意努力,就能够在美国大有作为。


I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggests. We’re not as cynical as the pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions, and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are and forever will be the United States of America.
我相信我们有能力共同握住这样的未来,因为美国人民并不像政界那么严重分歧。美国人民不像某些饱学之士所认为的那样愤世嫉俗。美国的抱负并不是每一个美国人的抱负的简单加总,美国也不是红州和蓝州的简单联合。我们是美利坚合众国,我们将永远是美利坚合众国。


And together with your help and God’s grace we will continue our journey forward and remind the world just why it is that we live in the greatest nation on Earth.
有你们的帮助,有上帝的仁慈,我们将继续携手前行,让全世界知道我们生活在全球最伟大的国度的原因到底是什么。

 
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