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万花筒 2010-01-23&01-25 奥巴马执政一年回顾

时间:2010-05-28 02:38来源:互联网 提供网友:whl03020728   字体: [ ]

"I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear."

Confidence, but under no illusion. This was going to be a tough year. Thrust into office, the global recession, his first problem. Stimulus1 package put the U.S. on the road to recovery. It has to work.

"This is obviously welcome news and affirmation that this recession is abating2 and the steps we've taken had made a difference, but I also know that we get long way to go to fully3 restore our economy and recover from what's been the longest and deepest downturn since the Great Depression."

And did it to a point, saving GM Motors a coup4, jobs were created, but the rate of unemployment still not being reversed at 10%. This year, he needs to persuade the public that it would have been far more bleak5 without him at the help. Recession brings with it, ill health. For thirty million Americans, this can be difficult to the best of times. Obama promised to bring health insurance to them, but as the months went on and political infighting kept his health bill out of the two Houses, his plan began to crumble6.

"You know, we deserve health care. We deserve a better plan. We deserve better than the insurance companies ripping us off night and day."

"Ma'am, you are too old for them to give you any care. Look at his plans!"

"I know."

"Look at his plans."

"You look at his plans! You look at that."

"Socialize health care kill both,both grand,both of my grandparents."

What's more, with mid-term elections just around the corner, you have to use very careful semantics when forcing taxpayers7 to pay for it.


Afghanistan wasn't just rambling8 along, the insurgency9 was strengthening. His top commander in the country demanding 40,000 more troops to be sent, or Obama could face failure, a word not synonymous with his personality.

"We are in the offense10 now, so they are defense11. A lot of our missions are built on the defense. It now altered."

He listened and to the dismay of anti-war protesters and criticism from Republicans, 30,000 more were ordered into Afghanistan. Surge now underway, the next three years, fighting the Taliban could define his presidency12. A serious mood that was for a war time leader, few would have thought,he be a contender for such a prestigious13 award.

"I am both surprised and deeply humbled14 by the decision of the Nobel Committee."

But shortly after his announcements on troops, Obama was awarded for Nobel Peace Prize. National security rhetoric15 could change in the White House from the Bush years. His aim to close Guantanamo although it won't happen yet obviously had an effect, not to mention his hard-line stance on torture used by CIA agents.

As Christmas approached, Obama added to his carbon footprint by flying into Copenhagen. His attendance notable showed real intent on cutting global emissions16, even if a binding17 agreement didn't follow. He acknowledges more needs to be done.

(Bell rings)

The key for Obama is to strengthen the economy, but only 50% of Americans approving at his performance in the White House so far. He can ill afford to ignore the polls. At certain, Ronald Reagan suffered the same loss of popularity in his first year. Once his economy began to flourish again, his popularity soared. Obama's first challenge, though, is to deal with the defeat in Massachusetts to Republican Scott Brown. Not only has it damaged his party, it could tip the balance of support for his health bill in the Senate, something he will want to avoid.



1 stimulus 3huyO     
  • Regard each failure as a stimulus to further efforts.把每次失利看成对进一步努力的激励。
  • Light is a stimulus to growth in plants.光是促进植物生长的一个因素。
2 abating d296d395529c334a0e6c76dbb3c2a6b2     
减少( abate的现在分词 ); 减去; 降价; 撤消(诉讼)
  • The storm showed no signs of abating. 暴风雨没有减弱的迹象。
  • The recent public anxiety about this issue may now be abating. 近来公众对这个问题的焦虑心情现在也许正在缓和下来。
3 fully Gfuzd     
  • The doctor asked me to breathe in,then to breathe out fully.医生让我先吸气,然后全部呼出。
  • They soon became fully integrated into the local community.他们很快就完全融入了当地人的圈子。
4 coup co5z4     
  • The monarch was ousted by a military coup.那君主被军事政变者废黜了。
  • That government was overthrown in a military coup three years ago.那个政府在3年前的军事政变中被推翻。
5 bleak gtWz5     
  • They showed me into a bleak waiting room.他们引我来到一间阴冷的会客室。
  • The company's prospects look pretty bleak.这家公司的前景异常暗淡。
6 crumble 7nRzv     
  • Opposition more or less crumbled away.反对势力差不多都瓦解了。
  • Even if the seas go dry and rocks crumble,my will will remain firm.纵然海枯石烂,意志永不动摇。
7 taxpayers 8fa061caeafce8edc9456e95d19c84b4     
纳税人,纳税的机构( taxpayer的名词复数 )
  • Finance for education comes from taxpayers. 教育经费来自纳税人。
  • She was declaiming against the waste of the taxpayers' money. 她慷慨陈词猛烈抨击对纳税人金钱的浪费。
8 rambling MTfxg     
  • We spent the summer rambling in Ireland. 我们花了一个夏天漫游爱尔兰。
  • It was easy to get lost in the rambling house. 在布局凌乱的大房子里容易迷路。
9 insurgency dqdzEb     
  • And as in China, unrest and even insurgency are widespread. 而在中国,动乱甚至暴乱都普遍存在。 来自互联网
  • Dr Zyphur is part an insurgency against this idea. 塞弗博士是这一观点逆流的一部分。 来自互联网
10 offense HIvxd     
  • I hope you will not take any offense at my words. 对我讲的话请别见怪。
  • His words gave great offense to everybody present.他的发言冲犯了在场的所有人。
11 defense AxbxB     
  • The accused has the right to defense.被告人有权获得辩护。
  • The war has impacted the area with military and defense workers.战争使那个地区挤满了军队和防御工程人员。
12 presidency J1HzD     
  • Roosevelt was elected four times to the presidency of the United States.罗斯福连续当选四届美国总统。
  • Two candidates are emerging as contestants for the presidency.两位候选人最终成为总统职位竞争者。
13 prestigious nQ2xn     
  • The young man graduated from a prestigious university.这个年轻人毕业于一所名牌大学。
  • You may even join a prestigious magazine as a contributing editor.甚至可能会加入一个知名杂志做编辑。
14 humbled 601d364ccd70fb8e885e7d73c3873aca     
adj. 卑下的,谦逊的,粗陋的 vt. 使 ... 卑下,贬低
  • The examination results humbled him. 考试成绩挫了他的傲气。
  • I am sure millions of viewers were humbled by this story. 我相信数百万观众看了这个故事后都会感到自己的渺小。
15 rhetoric FCnzz     
  • Do you know something about rhetoric?你懂点修辞学吗?
  • Behind all the rhetoric,his relations with the army are dangerously poised.在冠冕堂皇的言辞背后,他和军队的关系岌岌可危。
16 emissions 1a87f8769eb755734e056efecb5e2da9     
排放物( emission的名词复数 ); 散发物(尤指气体)
  • Most scientists accept that climate change is linked to carbon emissions. 大多数科学家都相信气候变化与排放的含碳气体有关。
  • Dangerous emissions radiate from plutonium. 危险的辐射物从钚放散出来。
17 binding 2yEzWb     
  • The contract was not signed and has no binding force. 合同没有签署因而没有约束力。
  • Both sides have agreed that the arbitration will be binding. 双方都赞同仲裁具有约束力。
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