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In full : Barack Obama’s inaugural speech

My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and co-operation he has shown throughout this transition.
同胞们:今天,我站在这里,谦卑地接受摆在我们面前的重任。感谢你们寄托给我的信任。感谢我们的祖先为我们的今天所做出的牺牲。我要感谢布什总统,感谢他对我们的国家所做出的贡献,也感谢他在交接过程中所展示出来的慷慨大方和合作精神。

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath.
现在,已经有44名美国人进行过总统宣誓。

The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.
这些宣誓词存在于平和昌盛时期,也存在于风起云涌的动荡时期。这些时刻,美国都坚持下来了,不是因为那些身居要职的人所表现出来的技巧和形象,而是因为人民对先人理想的坚信,对立国纲领的信守。

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.
过去如此。我们这一代的美国人也必将如此。

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.
目前,我们正陷入危机当中。我们的国家处于战争状态,与仇恨和暴力抗争。一部分人的贪婪和不负责任,以及我们在抉择和准备民族新纪元时的集体失误,致使国家经济身陷囹圄。人们流离失所,公司大幅裁员,商店接连倒闭。卫生保健耗资惊人,学校教育败绩频频,每天都有更多的证据证明我们应用能源的方式实际上是在损己利人。

These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land – a nagging fear that America’s decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.
这些是数据和统计显示的危机征兆。不可测量却侵蚀了全民的自信——我们开始困扰美国的衰落是否不可避免,我们开始怀疑下一代是否终将风光不再。

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America – they will be met.
今天,我告诉你们,我们面临的挑战是真实存在的。它们严重而繁琐。可能短期内不会遇见,但是美国与它们终将相遇。

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.
今天,我们相聚在一起,因为我们选择了希望来克服恐惧,联合起来解决矛盾和是非。

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.
今天,我们来到这里,宣告冤屈和虚伪诺言的终结,结束相互指责和一无是处的教条,解放长期以来被压制的政治。

We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.
我们是一个年轻的民族。圣经上说,时间用来摒弃幼稚。时间已经再度肯定了我们隐忍的精神;选择了我们更好的历史;推进了珍贵的礼物——代代相传的崇高理念:上帝面前,人人平等而自由,人人都有权利追求自己的幸福。

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted – for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame.
再度肯定我们的民族是伟大的同时,我们必须理解,伟大不是赠予的,而是赢得的。我们并没有走捷径。这不是胆怯懦弱的人(那些好逸恶劳,追名逐利之徒)所走的路。

Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things – some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labour, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.
这是冒险家,实干家和创造者的路。他们中有一些是大名鼎鼎的人,但是更多的是在劳动中默默无闻的男男女女,他们带领我们走过荆棘和崎岖,走向繁荣和自由。

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and travelled across oceans in search of a new life.
为了我们,他们背起行囊,远涉重洋,寻找新的生活。

For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and ploughed the hard earth.
为了我们,他们条件恶劣的工厂埋首苦干,开拓建立了西方世界;他们忍受鞭笞,辛勤耕耘贫瘠的土壤。

For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn.
为了我们,他们誓死奋战,鲜血洒在康科德(Concord),盖茨堡(Gettysburg),诺曼底(Normandy)和科萨恩(KheSahn)。

Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.
一次又一次,为了使我们过上更好的生活,他们奋斗牺牲,辛勤工作直到双手布满老茧。在他们眼里,美国超越了每个个体雄心的总和,超越了出身、财富和派系的差别。

This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began.
这就是我们将继续的征程。我们仍然是地球上最繁荣富强的民族。在这场金融危机开始的时候,我们的劳动者的创造力并没有降低。

Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished.
我们的思想仍然具有创造性,我们的产品和服务跟上周,上月,或者上一年一样有人需求。我们的能力从未衰退。

But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions – that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.
但是墨守成规、维护狭隘利益、畏惧艰难决策的时代必然已经过去了。今天,我们必须整好行装,拍拍尘土,开始重建美国的征程。

For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act – not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.
举目四望,很多事情等着我们去做。国家的经济形势亟待我们大胆而快速的行动。我们会行动——不仅要创造更多的工作机会,也要为经济增长建立新的基础。我们将建桥铺路,建立更多的电网和数字线路来促进商业发展,紧密联系彼此。我们会将科学研究归位,使用高新的技术来提高卫生保健的质量,降低其费用。我们将充分利用太阳能,风能和土壤,来为我们的汽车和工厂提供燃料和动力。我们将改革学校、学院和大学,以适应新时期的需要。这些我们都可以做。这些我们将去做。

Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions – who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans.
现在,有人质疑我们的野心。有人暗示我们的体制不可能容纳太多宏伟的计划。

Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.
他们非常健忘。他们忘记了这个国家已经实现的一切,当想象力和共同的目的以及必要的勇气结合起来时,自由的人们所能实现的一切。

What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them – that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works – whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account – to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day – because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.
愤世嫉俗者不能理解他们脚下的这片土地所发生的转变。陈腐的政治已经困扰了我们太久。今天,我们的问题不是政府的大小,而是它是否有效运转——是否帮助人们找到合适的工作,是否关注人们能否承担生活所需,退休之后能否得体的生活。如果答案是否定的,那么这个制度就应终止。那些掌管纳税人钱的人有责任精打细算、摒除陋习、光明正大地做事——这样才能重建人民和政府之间的信任。

Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill.
市场力量是好是坏并不是我们面临的问题。

Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control – and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favours only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our Gross Domestic Product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart – not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.
它创造财富和扩大自由的能力是无与匹敌的。但是,这次金融危机提醒了我们,如果没有监督机制,市场会脱离正常轨道。一个只帮助有钱人赚钱的国家是不可能昌盛太久的。我们经济的成功,不仅依赖于GDP,也依赖于我们的繁荣,依赖于我们将机会给予每个想要获得机会的人的能力。这样做的目的并不是为了慈善,而是因为只有这样做才能达到共同的繁荣。

As for our common defence, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake.
说道共同防御,我们拒绝在安全和理想之间做出选择。我们的开国先贤们,面对难以想象的凶险,起草拟定了一部宪章,来确保法律和人权不受侵犯。这部宪章在世世代代的鲜血中得以不断完善。这些理想仍旧照耀着这个世界,我们永远不用放弃它们。

And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.
我要对那些望着我们的政府和人民说,不管你身处繁华的都市,还是位于像我父亲的出生地那样的小乡村:对于追求和平和尊严的民族、男人、女人和孩子,美国都是你们的朋友,我们已经准备好,在此引领世界。

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
回想起先辈们从容地面对法西斯主义和共产主义的时候,并不仅靠导弹和坦克,还靠强健的联盟和持久的信念。他们明白,仅靠自己的力量是无法保护自己的,也不能为所欲为。相反,他们知道,力量会在谨慎使用中壮大,安全则来自正义,来自榜样的力量,也来自谦虚和约束的提炼。

We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort – even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan.
我们将保持这些传统。再次受这些原则引导,我们就能面对新的威胁,即便需要更多的努力,甚至更多的国与国之间的合作与理解。我们将会负责任地撤离伊拉克,把它交还给它的人民,保护阿富汗地区来之不易的和平。

With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the spectre of a warming planet. We will not apologise for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.
我将于老朋友和先前的敌人一起,不遗余力地减轻核威胁,解决全球变暖问题。我们不会为我们的生活方式道歉,也不会动摇我们捍卫它的决心。对于那些通过恐怖活动和滥杀无辜来达到目的的人,告诉你们,我们的精神是强不可催的,你们不可能打败我们,而我们将打败你们。

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus – and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.
多民族混居是我们的优势,而非劣势。我们的国家容乃了由基督徒,穆斯林,犹太人,印度人和无神论者。我们吸收了来自世界各个角落的语言和文化。因为我们经历过内战和种族隔离的痛苦,并且在黑暗中更加坚强和团结。我们无能为力但是相信旧恨终将终结,种族分隔终会消散。随着世界的联系越来越紧密,我们共同的人性将会显现,美国将会承担引领新的和平时代的重任。

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West – know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.
对于穆斯林世界,基于共同的利益和对彼此的尊重,我们将寻求前进的新方式。对于那些只知道挑拨是非,指摘西方世界诟病的领导者,你们要知道,人民评判你是看你建立了什么,而不是看你毁灭了什么;对于那些依靠腐败欺诈压制异议而谋取权利的人,你们站在了历史的对立面;如果你们先松开握紧的拳头,我们也会伸出友谊之手。

To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.
对于贫穷国家的人们,我们保证与你们一起建设茂盛的农场和干净的水源,以滋养饥饿的身体和灵魂。对于那些像我们一样富饶的国家,我们再也不能漠视疆土之外的世界了,也不能不计后果地消耗世界的资源。世界已经变化了,我们必须随之变化。

As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment – a moment that will define a generation – it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.
展望眼前的道路,在这个特别的时刻,我们缅怀并感谢那些穿越千山万水来到这里的美国人。今天,他们有话要对我们讲,就像安息在阿林顿的先烈们时时刻刻的告诫一样。我们尊敬他们,并不仅仅因为他们捍卫了我们的自由,更因为他们是献身精神的化身,他们乐意去发现高于自身的意义。此刻,这个划时代的一刻,我们将会使这种精神永存。

For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the fire-fighter’s courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent’s willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.
因为,政府能做的,也是必须做的,最终是体现美国人民所依赖的信念和决心,这也是这个国家所仰仗的。它是在洪水决堤时照顾陌生人的善心,是困难时期自损利益以保全朋友工作的无私。它是消防员冲进火海浓烟的勇气,也是父母养育孩子的无私,这最终决定了我们的命运。

Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new.
我们的挑战可能是崭新的。我们遭遇挑战时所面临的情况也可能是前所未有的。

But those values upon which our success depends – hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism – these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility – a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.
但是,我们赖以成功的价值观——勤劳,诚实,勇敢,公平,宽容,好奇,忠诚和爱国——从未改变。这些真理默默地推进了历史的进城。我们需要回归这些真理。现在,我们要面临的是一个全新的责任时代——每个美国人,都对自己,国家甚至世界负责。我们会欣然接受这个重任,重申一遍,没有比这个更能充实精神,完善个性,全心全意奉献自己的重任了。

This is the price and the promise of citizenship.
这是公民的价值和承诺。

This is the source of our confidence – the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.
这是我们自信的源泉——上帝赐予我们知识以应对未知的命运。

This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed – why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.
这就是我们的自由和信念的意义——这就是为什么今天不同种族和不同信仰的男女老少齐聚华堂,这就是为什么六十年前,一位父亲走进当地旅馆无人礼遇,而今天他的儿子可以在这里,在你们面前,许下庄严的誓言。

So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have travelled. In the year of America’s birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood.
所以,让我们铭记这一天,铭记走到这里所走过的路程。在美国诞生之初,天寒地冻,一群爱国者在冰河岸边,围绕着微弱的篝火取暖。首都已经沦陷。敌人正在逼近。鲜血染红了白雪。

At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people: “Let it be told to the future world…that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive…that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet [it].”
当革命的道路日渐模糊的时刻,我们的国父这样说:“告诉未来的世界…严冬之际,只有希望和美德永存…这个城市和这个国家,在共同的危机下团结起来,一起面对。”

America. In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.
美国。面对我们共同的危机,在这个艰难的冬季,让我们铭记这些永恒的话语。带着希望和美德,让我们再一次勇敢地面对冰冷的现实,迎击即将来临的风暴。让我们的子孙传唱,当我们接受考验时,我们并没有停止,退缩,更没有踌躇不前。我们在上帝的保佑下眺望远方,我们在自由的道路上勇往直前,我们的精神将万古流芳。

PS: http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1872715-4,00.html

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