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President Bush Meets with President Torrijos of Panama   PRESIDENT BUSH: It's been my pleasure to welcome my friend, the President of Panama. Mr. President, welcome back. It's good to see you, sir. I can't thank you enough for your friendship and your leadership. Under your leadership, relations between the ed States and Panama are strong and healthy and vibrant.   I'll never forget being your guest in your beautiful country and going to see the Panama Canal. It's a engineering marvel. And then when you shared with me your vision about the expansion of the Canal, I said, here's a man who thinks big. And in fact, not only do you think big, but you act. And the President has shared with me the expansion plans, the progress being made. And I congratulate you very much for that progress.   Secondly, we talked about trade. The Panamanian free trade vote is a priority of this government. It is -- it should be a priority of the ed States Congress. The President has heard a lot of talk about whether or not trade bills will move or not, and I assured him that we will do everything in our capacity to move the trade bills -- not only the Panamanian bill, but the Colombian bill and the Korean bill. It's in this country's interest, Mr. President. And I want to thank you for going up to the Hill to work the issue.   We talked about food prices. The President is deeply concerned about the cost of food for the citizens of his country. I expressed the same concerns. I told him that if there's any way that we can help with food shortages, we'll try to help. But I appreciate your compassion and corazón grande.   And finally, we talked about drugs -- drugas. And I assured him I understood that the drug issue is two-way: One, that because too many of our citizens use drugs it provides an avenue for the movement of drugs. And we've got to do a better job in America reducing the demand for drugs. And we must also help our friends in the neighborhood deal with the suppliers of drugs. The President is committed to sharing intelligence and working closely -- and so are we -- working closely together to prevent drugs from being transhipped through Panama, which is bad for his country and bad for ours.   And there's a bill funding issue up on Congress called the Merida project, that not only works with Mexico, but also works with our Central American friends, including Panama. It's a strategy designed by experts on both sides. It's a strategy that we're convinced will work. I ask Congress to pass the Merida project in whole as written.   And, Mr. President, I'm honored you're here, and I thank you again for coming. Buen hombre.   PRESIDENT TORRIJOS: Thank you, Mr. President. I want to thank you for your interest in the region of Latin America. You have not only studied the problems of Latin America, but you have visited Latin America. It's been a part of your concern. And I want to thank you for your commitment on free trade and on the hopes that we can successfully conclude the trade bill we have together.   I want to thank you for the cooperation that we are experiencing in this difficult time regarding food prices and exchanging ideas on projects that we have on the bilateral agenda -- projects on education, projects on health, and of course, a mutual commitment of fighting drug trafficking to the benefit of both countries, and building the capacity of the region to be able to handle the problems related to drugs and crime.   So, thank you, sir. It's been really a privilege, the friendship that Panama has with the ed States, and we hope that this success story of Panama and the ed States solving the issue of the Panama Canal, and now looking forward toward the future of the canal expansion, is something that we always keep in mind in how we can build a mutual future.   PRESIDENT BUSH: Thank you, sir. Gracias. 200806/41533

PRESIDENT BUSH: I have just had a very constructive and important dialogue with the ed Nations Envoy to Afghanistan. Mr. Ambassador, thank you so very much for coming to the Oval Office, and thank you so much for serving the cause of peace.   You've been given a very difficult job, which is to help coordinate world -- the world's efforts to help this young democracy succeed, and I want to assure you that the ed States government and I personally support you in everything you're going to do.   We've supported this -- the creation of this position. We supported your nomination because you're a man of action, a man of determination, and a man willing to sacrifice to help the Karzai government, but more importantly, help the people of Afghanistan realize the blessings of liberty.   The Afghan theater in this war against the extremists is a vital part of making sure that peace prevails. And no question there's challenges. As I told the Ambassador, if this were easy we wouldn't have selected a man of his caliber to -- or the U.N. wouldn't have selected a man of his caliber to take on the task.   And so I appreciate your time. This is our first meeting, and I hope that -- I know it won't be the last. He's given me good advice. He's given me a picture with -- on how the ed States government can help him accomplish his missions, and we're more than willing to help.   And so I welcome you to the Oval Office, and thank you for your great service.   AMBASSADOR EIDE: Thank you very much, Mr. President. For me, it's been an honor to be here, and also to feel the support and confidence that you have shown me as I now take on this very difficult assignment. And that support is very important to me. And then -- I have the confidence of the international community, and also the confidence of the Afghan government and the President of Afghanistan, which I feel very strongly of my first few weeks, that's -- those are important tools for me in order to perform my duties effectively.   We also discussed one important event that lies ahead of us, which is the Paris Conference on the 12th of June, and the importance of doing everything we can to mobilize support, mobilize donors, and also see to it that our efforts are as coordinated and as effective as they possibly can.   So thank you very much, Mr. President, for this occasion, and for the support you give me.   PRESIDENT BUSH: Thank you, sir. Glad you're here. 200806/41456

President Bush Discusses Administration's Plan to Assist AutomakersTHE PRESIDENT: Good morning. For years, America's automakers have faced serious challenges -- burdensome costs, a shrinking share of the market, and declining profits. In recent months, the global financial crisis has made these challenges even more severe. Now some U.S. auto executives say that their companies are nearing collapse -- and that the only way they can buy time to restructure is with help from the federal government. This is a difficult situation that involves fundamental questions about the proper role of government. On the one hand, government has a responsibility not to undermine the private enterprise system. On the other hand, government has a responsibility to safeguard the broader health and stability of our economy. Addressing the challenges in the auto industry requires us to balance these two responsibilities. If we were to allow the free market to take its course now, it would almost certainly lead to disorderly bankruptcy and liquidation for the automakers. Under ordinary economic circumstances, I would say this is the price that failed companies must pay -- and I would not favor intervening to prevent the automakers from going out of business. But these are not ordinary circumstances. In the midst of a financial crisis and a recession, allowing the U.S. auto industry to collapse is not a responsible course of action. The question is how we can best give it a chance to succeed. Some argue the wisest path is to allow the auto companies to reorganize through 11 provisions of our bankruptcy laws -- and provide federal loans to keep them operating while they try to restructure under the supervision of a bankruptcy court. But given the current state of the auto industry and the economy, 11 is unlikely to work for American automakers at this time. American consumers understand why: If you hear that a car company is suddenly going into bankruptcy, you worry that parts and servicing will not be available, and you question the value of your warranty. And with consumers hesitant to buy new cars from struggling automakers, it would be more difficult for auto companies to recover. Additionally, the financial crisis brought the auto companies to the brink of bankruptcy much faster than they could have anticipated -- and they have not made the legal and financial preparations necessary to carry out an orderly bankruptcy proceeding that could lead to a successful restructuring. The convergence of these factors means there's too great a risk that bankruptcy now would lead to a disorderly liquidation of American auto companies. My economic advisors believe that such a collapse would deal an unacceptably painful blow to hardworking Americans far beyond the auto industry. It would worsen a weak job market and exacerbate the financial crisis. It could send our suffering economy into a deeper and longer recession. And it would leave the next President to confront the demise of a major American industry in his first days of office. A more responsible option is to give the auto companies an incentive to restructure outside of bankruptcy -- and a brief window in which to do it. And that is why my administration worked with Congress on a bill to provide automakers with loans to stave off bankruptcy while they develop plans for viability. This legislation earned bipartisan support from majorities in both houses of Congress. Unfortunately, despite extensive debate and agreement that we should prevent disorderly bankruptcies in the American auto industry, Congress was unable to get a bill to my desk before adjourning this year. This means the only way to avoid a collapse of the U.S. auto industry is for the executive branch to step in. The American people want the auto companies to succeed, and so do I. So today, I'm announcing that the federal government will grant loans to auto companies under conditions similar to those Congress considered last week. These loans will provide help in two ways. First, they will give automakers three months to put in place plans to restructure into viable companies -- which we believe they are capable of doing. Second, if restructuring cannot be accomplished outside of bankruptcy, the loans will provide time for companies to make the legal and financial preparations necessary for an orderly 11 process that offers a better prospect of long-term success -- and gives consumers confidence that they can continue to buy American cars. Because Congress failed to make funds available for these loans, the plan I'm announcing today will be drawn from the financial rescue package Congress approved earlier this fall. The terms of the loans will require auto companies to demonstrate how they would become viable. They must pay back all their loans to the government, and show that their firms can earn a profit and achieve a positive net worth. This restructuring will require meaningful concessions from all involved in the auto industry -- management, labor unions, creditors, bondholders, dealers, and suppliers. In particular, automakers must meet conditions that experts agree are necessary for long-term viability -- including putting their retirement plans on a sustainable footing, persuading bondholders to convert their debt into capital the companies need to address immediate financial shortfalls, and making their compensation competitive with foreign automakers who have major operations in the ed States. If a company fails to come up with a viable plan by March 31st, it will be required to repay its federal loans. The automakers and unions must understand what is at stake, and make hard decisions necessary to reform, These conditions send a clear message to everyone involved in the future of American automakers: The time to make the hard decisions to become viable is now -- or the only option will be bankruptcy. The actions I'm announcing today represent a step that we wish were not necessary. But given the situation, it is the most effective and responsible way to address this challenge facing our nation. By giving the auto companies a chance to restructure, we will shield the American people from a harsh economic blow at a vulnerable time. And we will give American workers an opportunity to show the world once again they can meet challenges with ingenuity and determination, and bounce back from tough times, and emerge stronger than before. Thank you. 200812/59270

  President Bush Sends Condolences to Victims of FloodingTHE PRESIDENT: Laura and I had the joy of worshiping here in Paris. My thoughts and prayers go out to those who are suffering from the floods in our country; I know there's a lot of people hurting right now and I hope they're able to find some strength in knowing that there is love from a higher being. Also I want to wish all the fathers in America happy Father's Day. So Dad, if you're listening, happy Father's Day.Thank you all.200806/42184

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  TRANSCRIPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER'S BROADCAST ON 3 MARCH 2000 The scenes this week from Mozambique have been incredibly moving. I don't suppose any of us will forget the extraordinary courage of the pregnant woman clambering for safety up a tree having to give birth there and then, fortunately mother and baby being winched by helicopter to safety minutes later. That mother's courage has been matched by similar acts of bravery, not just from the victims of the flood but from those trying to rescue them. Many have been saved. Many others are still in danger. These are the worst floods to have hit the area for half a century. It's believed that there are as many as 100,000 people there still stranded and in danger from the floodwaters -in trees, on roofs or crowded together without food or drinking water on the only high ground they can find. Around half a million people are believed to have lost everything they possessed. And it's such a tragedy for Mozambique: a country that after many years of difficulty was finally struggling to get back on its feet again. In the light of this tragedy, the world has had to act quickly. And I believe we can be proud of the way that Britain and British people have reacted. And of the way that our Department for International Development has used its enormous expertise in order to do the very best it can to help. And we're lucky that we have that expertise in dealing with disaster relief. And we've seen it this week in action. We chartered seven helicopters - five locally, two from the Ukraine. We are sending another four RAF helicopters of our own. 108 inflatable boats have been loaded onto a plane in Kent to fly immediately to the region. We have sent Land Rovers, satellite equipment, Royal National Lifeboat personnel and a fire brigade team. The total assistance -not just pledged but donated- from the UK government stands at pound;7.3m. And today we can do more. When the flood waters subside, the rebuilding process will have to begin quickly. Otherwise the population will be at the mercy of cholera and malaria epidemics. That is why we are sending Fort George, a special supply ship currently in the gulf, to the region. It is equipped with fresh water, food, medicine, much needed aviation fuel, as well as five Royal Navy Sea King helicopters. It's going to be able to accommodate 500 evacuated people. In just over a week it will be in Mozambique, delivering more in the humanitarian effort. You can never say that you've done enough or that you couldn't have done more. But I do know that our country has acted quickly -putting its expertise across the board at the disposal of Mozambique; and showing once again how Britain can be a force for good in the world. I know, too, that you want the government to act. Clare Short, Geoff Hoon the Defence Secretary, and their Ministers have been working flat out on this. They know how much the British people care about suffering like this. And I know too that you will all want to play your part as well. Yesterday an emergency appeal was launched by the charities working in Mozambique. It deserves all our support. Donations can be made at any Bank or Post Office, or via www.dec.org.uk or on this telephone number: 0870 606 0900. 200705/13313

  two Realizing that common sense and common decency alike dictate the futility of appeasement,二、我们既已认识到,无论从常识还是从一般的廉耻感来看,姑息绥靖都毫无益处,we shall never try to placate an aggressor by the false and wicked bargain of trading honor for security.我们就决不会为了安抚侵略者而进行以荣誉换取安全这一虚伪而肮脏的交易。Americans, indeed all free men, remember that in the final choice a soldiers pack is not so heavy a burden as a prisoners chains.美国人要记住,所有自由的人们也要记住,在最终的选择中,士兵的背包比囚徒的镣铐要轻得多。three Knowing that only a ed States that is strong and immensely productive can help defend freedom in our world,三、我们知道,只有一个强大和生产极为发达的美国,才有能力保卫我们这个世界的和平,we view our Nations strength and security as a trust upon which rests the hope of free men everywhere.因此在我们看来,我国的实力和安全乃是寄托着全球各地自由人们希望的可靠保障。It is the firm duty of each of our free citizens and of every free citizen everywhere to place the cause of his country before the comfort, the convenience of himself.我国的每一位自由公民和世界各地的自由公民,都负有责无旁贷的义务,要把国家的事置于个人的安逸和便利之上。four Honoring the identity and the special heritage of each nation in the world,四、我们尊重世界各国的恃性和特殊的传统,we shall never use our strength to try to impress upon another people our own cherished political and economic institutions.因此我们决不应当借助自己的实力,把我们所珍爱的政治和经济制度强加给另一个民族。five Assessing realistically the needs and capacities of proven friends of freedom,五、对于那些经过考验的自由的朋友们,we shall strive to help them to achieve their own security and well-being.我们会客观如实地评估他们的需要和能力,尽力帮助他们获得安全和幸福.Likewise, we shall count upon them to assume, within the limits of their resources, their full and just burdens in the common defense of freedom.同时,我们希望他们在力所能及的条件下,充分 而公正地担负起他们应尽的责任,共同捍卫自由。six Recognizing economic health as an indispensable basis of military strength and the free worlds peace,六、我们认识到,经济的健康发展乃是军事力量和自由世界的和平所不可缺少的基础,we shall strive to foster everywhere, and to practice ourselves, policies that encourage productivity and profitable trade.因此我们不仅要自己实行推动生产发展和促进贸易的政策,而且要在世界各地鼓励推广这样的政策。For the impoverishment of any single people in the world means danger to the well-being of all other peoples.因为世界上任何一个民族的贫困,对所有其他民族的富裕都意 味着威胁。seven Appreciating that economic need, military security and political wisdom combine to suggest regional groupings of free peoples,七、我们觉得,经济需要、军事安全和政治开明三者结合起来,将会导致自由的人民进行地区性组合,we hope, within the framework of the ed Nations, to help strengthen such special bonds the world over.因此,我们希望在联合国的框架内,协助加强世界范围的这些特殊联系。The nature of these ties must vary with the different problems of different areas.这些纽带的性质,会因不同地区的不同问题而有所差别。In the Western Hemisphere, we enthusiastically join with all our neighbors in the work of perfecting a community of fraternal trust and common purpose.在西半球,我们满腔热情地与所有邻国共同努力,以使一个有着兄弟般的信任和 共同目标的联合体日臻完善。In Europe, we ask that enlightened and inspired leaders of the Western nations strive with renewed vigor to make the unity of their peoples a reality.欧洲,我们要求那些胸襟开阔而又富于的西方国家领导人,以新的热情来实现各民族的团结。02/437502President Bush Visits Alamo Regional Command Reception CenterTHE PRESIDENT: You know, one of the great things about our country is the number of people who volunteer during one of these incidents. Here are some Red Cross volunteers. They are -- they symbolize the thousands that will help.And my call to our fellow citizens is that -- find out how you can help. You can help by volunteering. You can help by contributing to the Red Cross or the Salvation Army. Somebody is going to say, well, I don't know how to. Well, it's pretty easy. You can get on the web page. If you're interested in the Red Cross, just call up Red Cross on your -- and they'll steer you to the way to help anyway.America is a great country. It's great because we've got great people. Nobody is happy about these storms. Everybody is praying for everybody's safety. But I'm confident that after the storm passes and there's a human need, it will be met because of the generosity of the American people.And I want to thank you all for setting such a good example. Appreciate it. Thank you.200809/47298

  There has been a change of government.政府发生了变化。It began two years ago, when the House of Representatives became Democratic by a decisive majority.这种变化开始于两年前民主党在众议院取得决定性多数席位的时候,It has now been completed. The Senate about to assemble will also be Democratic.现在已告完成。即将组成的参议院也将由民主党占据多数席位。The offices of President and Vice-President have been put into the hands of Democrats.总统和副总统的职务都已交与民主党人执掌。What does the change mean? That is the question that is uppermost in our minds to-day.这种变化意味着什么呢?这是如今盘旋于我们脑海中的最主要的问题。That is the question I am going to try to answer, in order, if I may, to interpret the occasion.这也是今天我要试图回答的问题,如果可以的话,我要阐明其中的缘由。It means much more than the mere success of a party.这种变化何止意味着一个政党的胜利。The success of a party means little except when the Nation is using that party for a large and definite purpose.一个政党的胜利是不足称道的,除非国家要利用这个政党达到一个重大而明确的目标,No one can mistake the purpose for which the Nation now seeks to use the Democratic Party.谁都不会误解国家现在想利用民主党所要达到的目的。It seeks to use it to interpret a change in its own plans and point of view.它要利用民主党来阐明国家的规划和立场中的某种变化。Some old things with which we had grown familiar, and which had begun to creep into the very habit of our thought and of our lives,某些陈旧的事物虽已为我们所熟悉,并已开始不知不觉地进入我们的思想习惯和生活习惯,have altered their aspect as we have latterly looked critically upon them, with fresh, awakened eyes;但是,当我们后来以新的、觉醒的眼光批判地看待这些事物时,它们却面目全非,have dropped their disguises and shown themselves alien and sinister.卸下了伪装,显得陌生而又邪恶。Some new things, as we look frankly upon them, willing to comprehend their real character,而某些新生事物,当我们实事求是地看待并愿意了解它们的实质时,have come to assume the aspect of things long believed in and familiar, stuff of our own convictions.便开始呈现出我们久已相信和熟悉的事物特征,即我们自己坚信不移的那些东西。We have been refreshed by a new insight into our own life.我们以一种新的眼光来洞察自己的生活,从而我们的精神也为之一振。We see that in many things that life is very great.从许多方面来看,生活是非常伟大的。It is incomparably great in its material aspects, in its body of wealth, in the diversity and sweep of its energy,它在物质方面,在财富数量方面,在能量的多样性和威力方面,in the industries which have been conceived and built up by the genius of individual men and the limitless enterprise of groups of men.在以个人天赋和群体的无限创造力所构想、建立起来的工业方面,都是无比伟大的,It is great, also, very great, in its moral force.它在道德力量方面是伟大的,而且同样是极其伟大的。Nowhere else in the world have noble men and women exhibited in more striking forms the beauty and the energy of sympathy世界上再没有什么地方有这样高尚的男女能如此出色地表现出同情、and helpfulness and counsel in their efforts to rectify wrong, alleviate suffering, and set the weak in the way of strength and hope.互助、协商的美妙境界和巨大能量。他们努力补偏救弊、弥患纾难,扶助弱者以增加力量和希望。We have built up, moreover, a great system of government, which has stood through a long age as in many respects a model for those不仅如此,我们还建立起了一个伟大的政治体制,这个政治体制在很长一段时期中经受了考验,who seek to set liberty upon foundations that will endure against fortuitous change, against storm and accident.在很多方面成为那些试图把自由建立在经得起偶然变故、狂风暴雨和意外事件的基础上的人们的楷模。Our life contains every great thing, and contains it in rich abundance.我们的生活拥有一切伟大事物,丰富而充足。But the evil has come with the good, and much fine gold has been corroded. With riches has come inexcusable waste.但是,罪恶与善良俱来,纯金常被腐蚀。不可原谅的浪费与富足并至。We have squandered a great part of what we might have used, and have not stopped to conserve the exceeding bounty of nature,我们浪费了一大部分本来可资利用的东西,我们至今还没有停止挥霍浪费,来保存大自然的慷慨恩赐。without which our genius for enterprise would have been worthless and impotent, scorning to be careful, shamefully prodigal as well as admirably efficient.如果没有这些恩赐,我们的创业天赋很可能变得毫无价值和无所作为,我们鄙视谨慎行事,我们的生产效率固然值得赞美,我们的浪费却十分可耻。02/444783I ask our youngest citizens to believe the evidence of your eyes.我希望我们最年轻的公民相信你们的双眼。You have seen duty and allegiance in the determined faces of our soldiers.你们从美军士兵坚毅的表情中看到了责任和忠诚。You have seen that life is fragile, and evil is real, and courage triumphs.你们看到生命是脆弱的,邪恶是真实存在的,勇气获得了胜利。Make the choice to serve in a cause larger than your wants,加入这项比你的渴望、比你自身更伟大的事业吧!larger than yourself and in your days you will add not just to the wealth of our country, but to its character.有生之年,你不仅为我们的国家增添了财富,你还会帮助它完善品格。America has need of idealism and courage, because we have essential work at home the unfinished work of American freedom.美国需要理想和勇气,因为我们在本土有重要的工作,那就是尚未完成的美国推动自由的工作。In a world moving toward liberty, we are determined to show the meaning and promise of liberty.在一个走向自由的世界里,我们决心彰显自由的意义和承诺。In Americas ideal of freedom, citizens find the dignity and security of economic independence, instead of laboring on the edge of subsistence.在美国的自由理想中,公民们发现了经济独立带来的尊严和保障,而不是徘徊在生存边缘的辛苦劳作。This is the broader definition of liberty that motivated the Homestead Act, the Social Security Act, and the G.I. Bill of Rights.这是自由更广泛的定义,它推动了《宅地法案》、《社会保障法案》和《退伍军人权利法案》的制定。And now we will extend this vision by reforming great institutions to serve the needs of our time.现在,我们通过改革总体制度,满足时代需求,来扩展这一定义。To give every American a stake in the promise and future of our country, we will bring the highest standards to our schools, and build an ownership society.为了使每一个美国人都与我们国家的希望和未来息息相关,我们要以最高标准发展学校教育、建设所有权社会。We will widen the ownership of homes and businesses, retirement savings and health insurance preparing our people for the challenges of life in a free society.我们将扩大人们对房屋和企业、退休储蓄和医疗保险的所有权,让我们的人民作好准备,应对自由社会中的生活挑战。By making every citizen an agent of his or her own destiny, we will give our fellow Americans greater freedom from want and fear, and make our society more prosperous and just and equal.通过使每一位公民成为自己命运的主宰者,我们将使美国同胞更加远离短缺和恐惧,使我们的社会更加繁荣、公正、平等。In Americas ideal of freedom, the public interest depends on private character on integrity, and tolerance toward others, and the rule of conscience in our own lives.在美国的自由理想中,公众利益取决于个人品格———正直、对他人的宽容以及我们自己生活中的道德准则。Self-government relies, in the end, on the governing of the self.民主自治最终要依赖对自我的管理。That edifice of character is built in families, supported by communities with standards,品格的大厦建立在家庭之上,由规范的社区来撑,and sustained in our national life by the truths of Sinai, the Sermon on the Mount, the words of the Koran, and the varied faiths of our people.凭借西奈真理、山上宝训、《古兰经》上的话语以及各种信仰的持,树立在我们的国家生活之中。03/438294

  THE PRESIDENT: It's an amazing experience to come back to a place where you were raised. Laura was raised in Midland, I was raised in Midland, this is -- this is one of the three homes I lived in, and I kind of remember it. (Laughter.) The bedroom -- actually I do remember the wood on the wall that -- in the bedroom. You know, I love Midland, and Texas. We've got a lot of friends here. I learned a lot of values that I hold dear here. It's good to see mom's -- Laura's mom here. And it's the first time I've been back here since I've been the President, and it's -- it was just a very heartwarming experience. You know, I've told my friends here, I said, you know, I'm not going to change as a person because of politics or Washington -- that's what I said when I left. I think they appreciate that. I want them to know that, you know, even though I had to deal with a lot of tough issues, that I'm still the same person that they knew before and that, you know, I'm wiser, more experienced, but my heart and my values didn't change. So it's great to see our friends. You know, we got a couple more hard months to go, and obviously we've got to deal with this financial situation. Congress took a big step in the direction of at least giving us the tools necessary to bring some stability into the marketplace. Got to get credit for them of course so that people feel -- feel comfortable about conducting business. So there's a lot of work to be done. In the meantime it's good to come back here to where it all started for us. Anyway, thank you all. You're welcome to pay the fee to go in and see the house. (Laughter.) 200810/51766

  Tonight, President Obama addressed the nation from the East Room of the White House about the way forward in Afghanistan and his plan to remove 10,000 American troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year, and a total of 33,000 by next summer.Download Video: mp4 (127MB) | mp3 (12MB) 201106/141709。

  Good morning.Ladies and gentlmen:女士们,先生们,早上好:In the history of Olmpic Games,there have been many shining stars.Among them was a European girl.在奥林匹克运动会的历史上,出现了很多耀眼的明星,其中有个欧洲的女孩.With the elapse of time ,her name has faded from our memory ,yet her unbending spirit shall never perish.随着时间的飞逝,她的名字早被遗忘,然而她不屈不挠的精神却永远不会消失.It was she who highlighted the Olympic Creed.正是她突出了奥林匹克的信条.In lead though she had been ,she stumbled near the terminus and her leg was injured .她一直处于领先位置,然而在终点前她摔倒了,腿受了伤.Competitors passed her from behind in succession until finally only her weak and lonely figure remained on the track .竞争者一个个从她身后超过,直到最后跑道剩下她一个孤独和衰弱的身影,Doctors came and offered to take her away .Yet she refused .医生跑了过来要求把她抬走,她拒绝了.With the only strength left in her ,she managed to get up and shuffled feebly to the endpoint with drops of blood along her trail but cheers broke out .她用身上仅剩的力气,挣扎着站起来,一步步地走到终点线,路上是一滴滴的鲜血...观众的喝声爆发了.Though she failed in the race, the girl won the applause from people all over the world.尽管她在赛场上失败了,这女孩子赢得了全世界人们的掌声.It was she who elucidated the Olympic Creed of ;participation;.It was she who in stilled perseverance in our mind.正是她阐明了奥林匹克运动会的;参与;信条.正是她给我们的心灵灌输了不屈不挠的精神.China also deserves such applause for her persistend of forts of bid for the Olmpic Games.中国坚持不懈地努力去申办奥运会的行动也值得这样的掌声.Eight years ago ,we Chinese regretted that margin of two votes,by which Beijing lost to Sydney in hosting the 27th Olympic Games.八年前,在申办第二十七届奥运会的时候,我们中国北京很遗憾地以两票之差输给了悉尼.Eight years have passed.We chinese have been gearing up for all the chalenges.八年过去了,我们中国一直在为挑战性增加砝码,Governors have taken new measures to protect Beijings environment.地方官员已采取了新的措施去保护北京的环境.Taxi drivers parrot daily English to improve their service for foreign guests.的士司机们学习日常英语去改善他们对外宾的务.Volunteers ride through the country to collect signatures from supporters .志愿者骑车走遍全国收集持者的签名.Schoolgirls braid Chinese knots, the Olympic emblem,with their dexterous hands.学校女生们用灵巧的双手去编织中国花结和奥运会的会徽.Here today,we college students are showing our iness.今天在这里,我们大学生也表示了我们的意愿.Ideals are like stars by which we chart our course.What then was the idea of the girl?我们是根据明星的理想去确立自己的人生的方向.那么,那个女孩的理想又是什么呢?Its her aspiration for selffulfillment.Its her firm belief in the Olympic Creed.那是她自我实现的渴望.那是她对奥林匹克信条坚定的信仰.With us Chinese,its our strong wish for a most prosperous and powerful nation .我们中国的理想是去成为一个繁荣富强的国家,Its our undying desire to better understand and cooperate with the rest of the world.去和世界其它国家更好地合作.Twenty years ago,our motherland opened her door to the whole world.二十年前,我们的祖国对外开放.Now ,China is the largest developing country in the world with her irresistible fascination for international entrepreneurs.现在,中国是世界上最大的发展中国家,对国际的企业家们有着不可抵抗的吸引力.As for sports undertakings,China has won 1,317 world champions and has set 1,026 world records.至于体育事业,中国一共赢得了一千三百一十七个世界冠军和创造了一千零二十六项世界纪录.As an ancient wisdom says:history is the witness of the times,the torch of truth ,the life of memory,the teacher of life ,the messaager of antiquity .正如古代圣贤所说:历史是朝代的见人,是真理的火炬,是记忆的生命,是生命的教师,是古代的信使.The long history of China gives us aspirations.中国的悠久历史给了我们抱负.These aspirations,we believe ,can be somehow realized by means of sports .我们相信这些抱负可以通过体育的途径来实现.The Olympics Games provides a good chance to display the achievements gained in Chinas reform and opening efforts,奥林匹克运动会给中国提供了一次绝对的机会去展示改革和开放的成就,and meanwhile it enables us Chinese to learn new ideas,new methods and new things from the outside world.同时它促使我们中国从外界学习新概念,新方法和新事物.It helps to spleed up the pace of opening, promote economic development and accelerate the scientific and technological progress.它帮助我们去加快开放的进程,促进经济发展和加快科技的进步.Above all, the Olympic Games provides a vast stage for cultural exchanges between different poeples.最重要的就是,奥林匹克运动会给不同民族的人们之间的文化交流提供了一个巨大的舞台.The Olympic Games is not only an arena,which inspires the best from the athletes ,but also an effort ,奥林匹克运动会不仅是一个激励运动员发挥最佳水平的大赛场,而且是一种激励每个人希望和争取优秀的努力.which inspires hope and desire for excellence in everybody .The Olympic spirit, as its been with the girl, is all of us now ,in our bidding ,in our work ,in our study , and also in the non-Olympic years.在那女孩子身上的奥林匹克精神现在已经存在我们每个人身上,在我们的申办里,在我们的工作上,还存在于不是奥运年的日子里.Through our joint hard work and dedication ,we stay together ,looking forward to seeing the Olympic banner unfurled in Beijing in 2008 and the Olympic flame burning brightly in the sky of China.通过我们共同的努力和奉献,我们一起期望看到二零零八年奥林匹克运动会的旗帜飘扬在北京的上空,奥运会的火焰照亮中国的天空.It will be a good occasion for global reunion.It will be one of the best and most memoralbe Olympics in the world .那将会是全球团聚的大盛会,将会是一次全世界最好和最值得纪念的奥运会.Thank you .谢谢.Jiang Hua:Thank you contestant number eight.Let me ask you this.姜华:谢谢八号参赛选手.让我来问你一个问题.Whats more important in your career ,to make money or to be satisfied with your work?在你的职业生涯中,是赚钱重要还是对工作感到满意重要呢?Sun Yan :Well,I think everyone is wondering about the same question .What is important?孙妍:我想每个人都这个问题感到疑惑.什么是重要的?What is more important ,making money or self-satisfaction ?什么是更重要的,赚钱还是自我满足?I think both of them is important .Live to eat or eat to live?That is the question .我认为两方面都很重要.活着为了吃还是吃为了活呢?那就是问题的所在.But as we raise this question ,we ignore one thing ,that making money and self-satisfaction is not contradictory .但我们提出这个问题的时候,我们忽略了一件事情,赚钱和自我满足之间并不矛盾.That if I want to find a satisfying job ,that doesnt mean that I will be worrying about where my next meal comes from .如果我想找一份令自己满意的工作,那并不意味着我将会担心我的下一顿饭.No ,I think the answer is definitely no .So ,in my future career,Id like to fulfill myself and meanwhile make lots of money .不,我想绝对是否定的.所以在我以后的职业生涯中,我会在满足自己的同时赚到大笔钱.And if I can become a millionaire ,thats the best ,mmm,important ,thata the best thing.如果我能成为一个百万富翁,那就再好不过了,那可是最好的事情.Um,if I am faced with an exceptional case in which money making and self-satisfaction is contradictory ,then I would prefer self-satisfaction to money making because you know everyone of us only lives once.如果我面对的是一个赚钱和自我满足的例外情况,我会喜欢自我满足胜过赚钱,因为你知道每个人只能活一次,And life speeds by every minute ,every second .而生命一分一秒地消逝,We should not trade happiness for money .The value of our life is not measured in terms of money but in terms of our contribution to ourselves,to our familly,and to the whole society .我们不应该拿幸福来交换金钱.生命是不能用金钱来衡量的,而是用我们对自己,对我们的国家和对整个社会的贡献来衡量的.So ,I hope that everyone of you share the same opinion with me.所以,我希望你们当中的每个人和我的观点是相同的.Thank you.谢谢!Judge:Thank you candidate number eight .Returning to your prepared speech, you gave us a ,a very moving picture of participation in the Olympics and a very beautiful vision of it here in China .评委:谢谢八号选手.回到你的命题演讲,你给了我们关于参加奥林匹克运动会的一幅动人的画面,和它在中国这里的美丽的想象.Um, world-wide vast sums of money are spent on sports,mostly I think with the aim of winning.全世界在体育运动方面花费大量的金钱,我想大部分都是花在胜利的目标上.And I wonder if you think this is well spent?我不知道你认为这样值不值得.SunYan:Um,I think the money spent in the Olympic games is well spent actually to most extent I think so because you know ,um, to host Olympic games needs lots of money .孙妍:在很大程度上,花在奥林匹克运动会上金钱是用在刀刃上,因为你知道,主办奥林匹克运动会需要大笔的钱,And through the Olympic games we know lots of things.For example ,we know,um,um just as we know in the life around the Sydney Olympic games in the year 2000,you know ,通过奥运会我们会了解很多事情.例如,两千年在悉尼举办的二十七届奥运会上we know Mickey Webster,that lovely girl in Olympic opening ceremony and we know Sydney,we know Australia.我们认识了那个在奥运会开幕式上的可爱的米基.韦伯斯特,我们认识了悉尼、澳大利亚。So ,and everyone ,um,every ,uh athlete, you know ,compete,competed well in the competition.我们认识了每个在赛场上竞争的运动员.And ,and so in this process, we ,um improve our friendship .We know each other very well and we make friends.We become friends.在这个认识的过程中,我们增加了友谊.我们互相了解,认识到不少朋友,我们成为了好朋友.So that is the most important thing and thus we safeguard world peace ,you know .这是最重要的一点,这样我们保护了世界和平.你知道,Uh,when we,you know ,when we saw the TV program,we dont matter whether an athlete is black or white or if other , um,race, races ,you know.当我们看电视的时候,我们不会在乎是一个运动员的肤色是黑色,白色或其它颜色,We just appreciate the performance, the wonderful performance from a ,from the bottom of my heart.我们心底里只是欣赏比赛表演,精的比赛.So ,so I think there realy ,um ,spent properly .This money is worth it to spend.Thank you .所以,我觉得这钱花得值得.谢谢!Judge:Thank you .评委:谢谢!09/84880

  [Nextpage视频演讲] President Obama speaks about the link between higher education and economic prosperity and calls on the ed States to lead the world in the percentage of college graduates in remarks at the University of Texas.Download mp4 (251MB) | mp3 (24MB) [Nextpage文本] THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, everybody. Hello, Austin! (Applause.) Hello, Longhorns! (Applause.) It is good to be back. It is good to be back. AUDIENCE MEMBER: I love you, Obama! THE PRESIDENT: I love you back. (Applause.) I love Austin. Love Austin. I remember -- by the way, anybody who’s got a seat, feel free to take a seat. (Laughter.) I remember paying you a visit during the campaign. (Applause.) Mack Brown gave me a tour of the stadium, along with Colt and a couple other guys. And I got a photo with the Heisman. (Laughter.) I rubbed the locker room’s Longhorns for good luck. (Applause.) And I'm just saying, it might have had something to do with how the election turned out. (Applause.) There might be a connection there. I also remember the first time that I came to Austin on the campaign. And there are a number of friends who are here who have been great supporters; I want to make mention of them. Representative Lloyd Doggett is here, a great friend. (Applause.) Senator Kirk Watson is here. (Applause.) Congressman Sheila Jackson Lee is here. (Applause.) Mayor Leffingwell is here. (Applause.) And your own president, Bill Powers, is in the house. (Applause.)But this is back in 2007, February 2007. It was just two weeks after I had announced my candidacy. I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s true -- my hair was not gray back then. (Laughter.) Not many people thought I had much of a shot at the White House. (Applause.) Let me put it this way, a lot of folks in Washington didn't think I had a shot at the White House. (Laughter.) A lot of people couldn’t pronounce my name. (Laughter.) They were still calling me Alabama or Yo’ Mama -- that was -- (laughter.) So then I come to Austin, this was back in February of 2007. And it was a drizzly day, and that usually tamps down turnout. But when I got to the rally over at Auditorium Shores there was a crowd of over 20,000 people –- 20,000 people. (Applause.) It was people of all ages and all races and all walks of life. And I said that day, all these people, they hadn’t gathered just for me. You were there because you were hungry to see some fundamental change in America -- (applause) -- because you believed in an America where all of us -- not just some of us, but all of us -- no matter what we look like, no matter where we come from, all of us can reach for our dreams. All of us can make of our lives what we will; that we can determine our own destiny. And that’s what we’ve been fighting for over the past 18 months. I said then that we’d end the Iraq war as swiftly and as responsibly as possible –- and that is a promise that we are keeping. This month we will end combat operations in Iraq. (Applause.)I said we’d make health insurance more affordable and give you more control over your health care -– and that’s a promise we’re keeping. And by the way, young people are going to be able to stay on their parents’ health insurance until they’re 26 because of the law that we passed. (Applause.) I said we’d build an economy that can compete in the 21st century -- because the economy that we had even before the recession, even before the financial crisis, wasn’t working for too many Americans. Too many Americans had seen their wages flat-line, their incomes flat-line. We were falling behind and unable to compete internationally. And I said we need an economy that puts Americans back to work, an economy that’s built around three simple words -- Made in America. (Applause.) Because we are not playing for second place. We are the ed States of America, and like the Texas Longhorns, you play for first -- we play for first. (Applause.) Now, when it comes to the economy, I said that in today’s world we're being pushed as never before. From Beijing to Bangalore, from Seoul to San Paolo, new industries and innovations are flourishing. Our competition is growing fiercer. And while our ultimate success has and always will depend on the incredible industriousness of the American worker and the ingenuity of American businesses and the power of our free market system, we also know that as a nation, we've got to pull together and do some fundamental shifts in how we've been operating to make sure America remains number one.So that’s why I’ve set some ambitious goals for this country. I’ve called for doubling our exports within the next five years, so that we're not just buying from other countries, I want us to sell to other countries. (Applause.) We've talked about doubling our nation’s capacity to generate renewable energy by 2012, because I'm actually convinced that if we control the clean energy future, then our economic future will be bright -- building solar panels and wind turbines and biodiesel and -- (applause.) And I want us to produce 8 million more college graduates by 2020, because -- (applause) -- because America has to have the highest share of graduates compared to every other nation.But, Texas, I want you to know we have been slipping. In a single generation, we’ve fallen from first place to 12th place in college graduation rates for young adults. Think about that. In one generation we went from number one to number 12. Now, that’s unacceptable, but it’s not irreversible. We can retake the lead. If we’re serious about making sure America’s workers -- and America itself -- succeeds in the 21st century, the single most important step we can take is make -- is to make sure that every one of our young people -- here in Austin, here in Texas, here in the ed States of America -- has the best education that the world has to offer. That’s the number one thing we can do. (Applause.) Now, when I talk about education, people say, well, you know what, right now we’re going through this tough time. We’ve emerged from the worst recession since the Great Depression. So, Mr. President, you should only focus on jobs, on economic issues. And what I’ve tried to explain to people -- I said this at the National Urban League the other week -- education is an economic issue. Education is the economic issue of our time. (Applause.) It’s an economic issue when the unemployment rate for folks who’ve never gone to college is almost double what it is for those who have gone to college. Education is an economic issue when nearly eight in 10 new jobs will require workforce training or a higher education by the end of this decade. Education is an economic issue when we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that countries that out-educate us today, they will out-compete us tomorrow.The single most important thing we can do is to make sure we’ve got a world-class education system for everybody. That is a prerequisite for prosperity. It is an obligation that we have for the next generation. (Applause.) And here is the interesting thing, Austin. The fact is we know what to do to offer our children the best education possible. We know what works. It’s just we’re not doing it. And so what I’ve said is, let’s get busy. Let’s get started. (Applause.) We can’t wait another generation. We can’t afford to let our young people waste their most formative years. That's why we need to set up an early learning fund to challenge our states and make sure our young people, our children, are entering kindergarten y for success. (Applause.) That's something we’ve got to do. (Applause.)We can’t accept anything but the best in America’s classrooms. And that's why we’ve launched an initiative called Race to the Top, where we are challenging states to strengthen their commitment to excellence, and hire outstanding teachers and train wonderful principals, and create superior schools with higher standards and better assessments. And we’re aly seeing powerful results across the country.But we also know that in the coming decades, a high school diploma is not going to be enough. Folks need a college degree. They need workforce training. They need a higher education. And so today I want to talk about the higher education strategy that we’re pursuing not only to lead the world once more in college graduation rates, but to make sure our graduates are y for a career; y to meet the challenges of a 21st century economy.Now, part one of our strategy is to make college more affordable. I suspect that that's something you’re all interested in. (Applause.) I don’t have to tell you why this is so important. Many of you are living each day with worries about how you’re going to pay off your student loans. (Applause.) And we all know why. Even as family incomes have been essentially flat over the past 30 years, college costs have grown higher and higher and higher and higher. They have gone up faster than housing, gone up faster than transportation. They’ve even gone up faster than health care costs, and that’s saying something. (Laughter.) So it’s no wonder that the amount student borrowers owe has risen almost 25 percent just over the last five years. Think about that. Just in the last five years, the debt of students has done up 25 percent.And this isn’t some abstract policy for me. I understand this personally, because Michelle and I, we had big loans to pay off when we graduated. I remember what that felt like, especially early in your career where you don’t make much money and you’re sending all those checks to all those companies. And that’s why I'm absolutely committed to making sure that here in America, nobody is denied a college education, nobody is denied a chance to pursue their dreams, nobody is denied a chance to make the most of their lives just because they can’t afford it. (Applause.) We are a better country than that, and we need to act like we’re a better country than that. (Applause.)Now, there are a couple of components to this. Part of the responsibility for controlling these costs falls on our colleges and universities. Some of them are stepping up. Public institutions like the University of Maryland, University of North Carolina, some private institutions like Cornell, they’re all finding ways to combat rising tuition without compromising on quality. And I know that your president is looking at some of these same approaches to make sure that the actual costs of college are going down. I want to challenge every university and college president to get a handle on spiraling costs.So university administrators need to do more to make college more affordable. But we, as a nation, have to do more, as well. So that’s why we fought so hard to win a battle that had been going on in Washington for years, and it had to do with the federal student loan program.See, under the old system, we’d pay banks and financial companies billions of dollars in subsidies to act as middlemen. See, these loans were guaranteed by the federal government. But we’d still pass them through banks, and they’d take out billions of dollars in profits. So it was a good deal for them, but it wasn’t a very good deal for you. And because these special interests were so powerful, this boondoggle survived year after year, Congress after Congress.This year, we said, enough is enough. (Applause.) We said we could not afford to continue subsidizing special interests to the tunes of billions of dollars a year at the expense of taxpayers and of students. So we went to battle against the lobbyists and a minority party that was united in their support of this outrageous status quo. And, Texas, I am here to report that we won. (Applause.) We won. (Applause.) So as a result, instead of handing over billion in subsidies to big banks and financial institutions over the next decade, we’re redirecting that money to you, to make college more affordable for nearly 8 million students and families across this country. Eight million students will get more help from financial aid because of these changes. (Applause.) We’re tripling how much we’re investing in the largest college tax credit for our middle-class families. And thanks to Austin’s own Lloyd Doggett -- (applause) -- that tax credit is now worth ,500 a year for two years of college. And we want to make it permanent so it’s worth ,000 over four years of college -- ,000. (Applause.) And because the value of Pell grants has fallen as the cost of college keeps going up, the cap on how much Pell grants are worth, we have decided to offer more support for the future so the value of Pell grants don’t erode with inflation, they keep up with inflation. And we’re also making loan repayments more manageable for over 1 million more students in the coming years, so students at UT-Austin, and across this country, don’t graduate with massive loan payments each month. All right, that's -- we’re working on that right now. (Applause.)Now, I should mention, by the way, we’re also making information more widely available about college costs and completion rates so you can make good decisions. You can comparison-shop. And we’re simplifying financial aid forms by eliminating dozens of unnecessary questions. You should not have to take -- you should not have to have a PhD to apply for financial aid. (Applause.) You shouldn’t have to do it. (Applause.) I want a bunch of you to get PhDs, don’t get me wrong. I just don’t want you to have to do it for your financial aid form. (Laughter.) So if you’re married, for example, you don’t need to answer questions anymore about how much money your parents have made. If you’ve lived in the same place for at least five years, you don’t need to answer questions about your place of residency. Soon, you’ll no longer need to submit information you’ve aly provided on your taxes. And that’s part of the reason why we’ve seen a 20 percent jump in financial aid applications, because we’re going to make it easier and make the system more accessible. (Applause.)So college affordability is the first part of the strategy that we’re pursuing. The second part is making sure that the education being offered to our college students -- especially, by the way, our students at community colleges -- (applause) -- that it’s preparing them to graduate y for a career. See, institutions like the UT are essential to our future, but community colleges are, too. (Applause.) They are great, under-appreciated assets that we have to value and we have to support. (Applause.) So that’s why we’re upgrading our community colleges, by tying the skills taught in our classrooms to the needs of local businesses in the growth sectors of our economy. And we’re giving companies an assurance that the workers they hire will be up to the job. We’re giving students the best chance to succeed. We’re also that way giving America the best chance to thrive and to prosper. And that’s why we’re also reinvesting in our HUs and Hispanic Serving Institutions -- (applause) -- like Huston-Tillotson and St. Edwards. (Applause.) The third part of our strategy is making sure every student completes their course of studies. I want everybody to think about this. Over a third of America’s college students and over half of our minority students don’t earn a degree, even after six years. So we don’t just need to open the doors of college to more Americans; we need to make sure they stick with it through graduation. That is critical. (Applause.)And that means looking for some of the best models out there. There are community colleges like Tennessee’s Cleveland State that are redesigning remedial math courses and boosting not only student achievement but also graduation rates. And we ought to make a significant investment to help other states pick up on some of these models.So we’ve got to lift graduation rates. We’ve got to prepare our graduates to succeed in this economy. We’ve got to make college more affordable. That’s how we’ll put a higher education within reach for anybody who is willing to work for it. That’s how we’ll reach our goal of once again leading the world in college graduation rates by the end of this decade. That’s how we’ll lead the global economy in this century, just like we did in the last century. (Applause.)When I look out at all the young people here today, I think about the fact that you are entering into the workforce at a difficult time in this country’s history. The economy took a body blow from this financial crisis and this great recession that we’re going through. But I want everybody here to remember, at each and every juncture throughout our history we’ve always recognized that essential truth that the way to move forward, in our own lives and as a nation, is to put education first.It’s what led Thomas Jefferson to leave as his legacy not just the Declaration of Independence but a university in Virginia. (Applause.) It’s what led a nation that was being torn apart by civil war to set aside acreage, as a consequence of President Lincoln’s vision, for the land-grant institutions to prepare farmers and factory workers to seize the promise of an Industrial Age. It’s what led our parents and grandparents to put a generation of returning GIs through college, and open the doors of our schools and universities to people of all races, which broadened opportunity, and grew our middle class, and produced a half a century of prosperity. (Applause.) And that recognition -– that here, in this great country of ours, education and opportunity, they always go hand in hand -– that’s what led the first president of the University of Texas to say, as he dedicated the cornerstone of the original Main Building: “Smite the rocks with the rod of knowledge, and fountains of unstinted wealth will gush forth.”That’s the promise at the heart of UT-Austin. But that is also the promise at the heart of our colleges and of our universities, and it is the promise at the heart of our country –- the promise of a better life; the promise that our children will climb higher than we did. That promise is why so many of you are seeking a college degree in the first place. That’s why your families scrimped and saved to pay for your education.And I know that as we make our way through this economic storm, some of you may be worried about what your college degree will be worth when you graduate, and how you’re going to fare in this economy, and what the future holds. But I want you to know, when I look out at you –- when I look into the faces of America’s young men and women –- I see America’s future, and it reaffirms my sense of hope. It reaffirms my sense of possibility. It reaffirms my belief that we will emerge from this storm and we will find brighter days ahead, because I am absolutely confident that if you keep pouring yourselves into your own education, and if we as a nation offer our children the best education possible, from cradle through career, not only will America -- workers compete and succeed, America will compete and succeed. (Applause.) And we will complete this improbable journey that so many of you took up over three years ago. And we’re going to build an America where each of us, no matter what we look like or where we come from, can reach for our dreams and make of our lives what we will. (Applause.) Thank you, Austin. Thank you, Texas. God bless you. And God bless the ed States of America. (Applause.) Thank you. Good luck to the T. END 2:29 P.M. CDT[Nextpage相关报道]【相关中文报道】奥巴马要求联邦政府在2020年之前帮助800万大学生毕业美国总统奥巴马9日制定目标,要求联邦政府在2020年之前帮助800万大学生毕业,因为他担心大学毕业率下滑将危害美国经济发展。综合媒体8月9日报道,作为重新教育美国劳动力计划的一部分,美国总统奥巴马(Barack Obama)9日制定目标,要求联邦政府在2020年之前帮助800万大学生毕业。奥巴马在德克萨斯大学发表讲话时指出,他担心美国大学毕业率的下滑将危害未来经济发展。“毫无疑问,今天在教育方面超过我们的国家,明天将在竞争中淘汰我们,因此,教育就是一项经济问题。”奥巴马表示,在年轻人当中,美国的大学毕业率之前排名全球之首,但现在已经掉到12位。他指出,这让人“难以接受”,但并非“无可挽回”。奥巴马对他领导的政府在提高毕业率方面的努力进行了吹捧,包括改革学生贷款计划,为社区学院和大学重新划拨600亿美元补贴资金。他还表示,美国政府也已经通过废除冗余和间或不必要的问题提高了大学生申请资金帮助的效率,其中许多措施都已经付诸实施。 (本段文字来源:世华财讯)201008/111074

  REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENTIN RIO RANCHO TOWN HALLON CREDIT CARD REFORMRio Rancho High SchoolRio Rancho, New Mexico10:30 A.M. MDT THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much. What a wonderful welcome. It's good to be back in New Mexico. (Applause.) It's always nice to get out of Washington for a while -- (applause) -- and come to places like Rio Rancho. (Applause.) The climate is nice, the conversation is nice, people are nice. It is just wonderful to be here.We've got a few special guests that I want to acknowledge here. First of all, a great friend, one of the finest governors in the country -- please give it up for Bill Richardson. (Applause.) Lieutenant Governor, Diane Denish. (Applause.) Secretary of State, Mary Herrera. (Applause.) State Treasurer, James Lewis. (Applause.) State Auditor Hector Balderas. (Applause.) We've also got Joe Garcia, President of the National Congress of American Indians. (Applause.) Got Rio Rancho Mayor, Tom Swisstack. (Applause.) We've got some members of Congress who couldn't be here today, but I just want to acknowledge them because they're doing a great job. Senator Tom Udall -- (applause) -- Senator Jeff Bingaman -- (applause) -- and Representative Ben Luján. (Applause.) And I want to thank Chris for the wonderful introduction and for her wonderful family who are here. Please give her a big round of applause. (Applause.)Now, the last time I came here was 10 days before the election. (Applause.) We were over at the University of New Mexico. (Applause.) Tens of thousands of you showed up, it was a gorgeous night, stars were out. And I told you then that if we wanted to steer ourselves out of our economic crisis, if we wanted to bring about the change we needed, then I needed your help. I needed you to show up one more time.And, New Mexico, you delivered. (Applause.) Q We love you!THE PRESIDENT: I love you back. (Applause.) You delivered because you believed that after an era of selfishness and greed, we could reclaim a sense of responsibility from Wall Street to Washington to Main Street. You believed that in a time of great inequality, we could restore a sense of fairness to our economy. You believed that rather than go back to the pursuit of short-term profits and a bubble-and-bust economy that led us to this point, we could build an economy based on sound ideas and solid investments, hard work, in order to secure a long-term prosperity.So, New Mexico, I've come back today to tell you that's exactly what we've begun to do. (Applause.) Since the very first day that I took office, we have acted boldly and swiftly across all fronts to clear away the wreckage of this painful recession and to start laying a new foundation for prosperity.We passed the most ambitious economic recovery plan in our nation's history to jumpstart job creation -- (applause) -- and get our economy moving again -- a plan that has kept teachers in the classroom and class sizes from increasing; a plan that will save or create 22,000 jobs just in New Mexico, mostly in the private sector; a plan that made good on the middle-class tax cut that we promised -- (applause) -- a tax cut that's aly begun to appear in paychecks for 700,000 working families across New Mexico. (Applause.)We made historic investments in the kind of clean energy that's led to an influx of cutting-edge companies creating new jobs and new opportunities right here in this state.We've made productive strides towards fixing the health care crisis that I know has hit especially hard here -– strides towards reform that brings down costs; that give Americans the freedom to keep their doctor or plan that they aly have, and choose a new doctor and a new plan if they want to; that finally gives every American access to quality, affordable health care. (Applause.)And aly we've got millions of children across the country that have health care right now under the children's health care bill that we signed since I've taken office. (Applause.) So I believe we're moving in the right direction. Step by step, we're making progress. Now, we've got a long way to go before we can put this recession behind us. And New Mexico is doing better than many states. But it's tough out there. But we do know that the gears of our economy, the economic engine, are slowly beginning to turn.In the meantime, though, I know that there are so many Americans who are hurting right now. You got hundreds of thousands who've lost their jobs just last month. Millions are working jobs that don't pay enough to cover the bills. Millions more see increasing portions of their income going towards paying down debt. They're Americans struggling to cope with the rising cost of putting things like their mortgage, their tuition, their medical bills -- even their food and gas bills -- on their credit cards, because they feel like they're going underwater. But they're quickly finding out that they can't dig their way out of debt because of unfair practices. And that's what I want to talk about today briefly.We're talking about folks like Chris Lardner. She and her husband work hard; they're doing well. They have a wonderful small business. But she wrote to me last week and you just heard her story. Her husband's business is in Albuquerque; two of their children are in college. When one tuition payment that was mistakenly charged to a credit card put her over the limit, her credit card company more than tripled her rate to nearly 30 percent. And she made a simple point in the letter that she wrote to me. She said: "If we conducted business this way, we'd have no business," she wrote. "And if this is happening to us, I can only imagine what's going on in homes less fortunate than ours."You all know what Chris is talking about. I know. I remember. It hasn't been that long since I had my credit card, sometimes working that a little bit. (Laughter.) We're lured in by ads and mailings that hook us with the promise of low rates while keeping the right to raise those rates at any time for any reason -- even on old purchases; even when you make a late payment on a different card. Right now credit card companies charge more than billion a year in penalty fees. One in five Americans carry a balance that has been charged interest rates above 20 percent. Sometimes they even raise rates on outstanding balances even when you've paid your bills on time.Now, I understand that many Americans are defaulting on their debt, and that's why these companies claim the need to raise rates. One of the causes of this economic crisis was that too many people were living beyond their means with mortgages they couldn't afford, buying things they couldn't pay for, maxing out on credit cards that they couldn't pay down. And in the last decade, Americans' credit card debt has increased by 25 percent. Nearly half of all Americans carry a balance on their cards, and those who do have an average balance over ,000.So we have been complicit in these problems. We've contributed to our own problems. We've got to change how we operate. But these practices, they've only grown worse in the midst of this recession, when hardworking Americans can afford them least. Now fees silently appear. Payment deadlines suddenly move. Millions of cardholders have seen their interest rates jump in the past six months.You should not have to worry that when you sign up for a credit card, you're signing away all your rights. You shouldn't need a magnifying glass or a law degree to the fine print that sometimes don't even appear to be written in English -- or Spanish. (Applause.) And frankly, when you're trying to navigate your way through this economy, you shouldn't feel like you're getting ripped off by "any time, any reason" rate hikes, and payment deadlines that seem to move around every month. That happen to anybody? You think you're supposed to pay it this day, and suddenly -- and it's never on the end of the month where you're paying all the rest of your bills, right? It's like on the 19th. (Laughter.) All kinds of harsh penalties and fees that you never knew about.Enough is enough. It's time for strong, reliable protections for our consumers. It's time for reform -- (applause) -- it's time for reform that's built on transparency and accountability and mutual responsibility -- values fundamental to the new foundation we seek to build for our economy.Now, this is not an issue I just discovered recently. For years, I've been a proponent of strengthening consumer protections when it came to credit cards. As a senator, I fought predatory lending and credit card abuse. And I called for what I called a Credit Card Bill of Rights. Last month, I met with the leaders of the major credit card companies to discuss these and other reforms that I believe will better protect the nearly 80 percent of American households that use credit cards.And we didn't agree on anything -- everything as you might expect. (Laughter.) That was a slip of the tongue here. (Laughter.) We didn't agree on everything -- (laughter) -- but we did agree that any reforms we can shouldn't diminish consumers' access to credit. I also think there's no doubt that people need to accept, as I said before, responsibility that comes with holding a credit card. This is not free money. It's debt. And you shouldn't take on more than you can handle. We expect consumers to make sound choices and live within their means and pay what they owe in a timely manner. Banks are a business, too, and so they have a right to insist that timely payments are made. But what we also expect is that our institutions act with the same sense of responsibility that the American people aspire to in their own lives. We expect that when we enter into an agreement, that agreement is reasonable and transparent. We expect to pay what's fair, not just what fattens growing profits for some credit card company. This is America, and we don't begrudge a company's success when that success is based on honest dealings with consumers. But some of these dealings are not honest. (Applause.) That's why we need reform.05/69880

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