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Download mp4 (137MB) | mp3 (4MB) Next week, the Senate will vote on the American Jobs Act. It’s a bill that will put more people to work and put more money in the pockets of working Americans. And it will provide our economy with the jolt that it really needs right now This is not the time for the usual games or political gridlock in Washington. The challenges facing financial markets around the world could have very real effects on our own economy at a time when it’s aly fragile. But this jobs bill can help guard against another downturn here in America. This isn’t just my belief. This is what independent economists have said. Not just politicians. Not just people in my administration. Independent experts who do this for a living have said that this jobs bill will have a significant effect for our economy and middle-class families all across America. But if we don’t act, the opposite will be true – there will be fewer jobs and weaker growth. So any Senator out there who’s thinking about voting against this jobs bill needs to explain why they would oppose something that we know would improve our economic situation. If the Republicans in Congress think they have a better plan for creating jobs right now, they should prove it. Because one of the same independent economists who looked at our plan just said that their ideas, e, wouldn’t “mean much for the economy in the near term.” If their plan doesn’t measure up, the American people deserve to know what it is that Republicans in Congress don’t like about this jobs plan. You hear a lot of our Republican friends say that one of the most important things we can do is cut taxes. Well, they should love this plan. The American Jobs Act would cut taxes for virtually every worker and small business in America. And if you’re a small business owner that hires new workers, raises wages, or hires a veteran, you get an additional tax cut. Right now, hundreds of thousands of teachers and firefighters and police officers have been laid off because of state budget cuts. This jobs bill will put a lot of these men and women back to work. Right now, there are millions of laid-off construction workers who could be repairing our bridges and roads and modernizing our schools. Why wouldn’t we want to put these men and women to work rebuilding America? The proposals in this bill are steps we have to take if we want to build an economy that lasts; if we want to be able to compete with other countries for jobs that restore a sense of security for the middle-class. But we also have to rein in our deficit and start living within our means, which is why this jobs bill is paid for by asking millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share. Some see this as class warfare. I see it as a simple choice. We can either keep taxes exactly as they are for millionaires and billionaires, or we can ask them to pay at least the same rate as a plumber or a bus driver. And in the process, we can put teachers and construction workers and veterans back on the job. We can either fight to protect their tax cuts, or we can cut taxes for virtually every worker and small business in America. But we can’t afford to do both. It’s that simple. There are too many people hurting in this country for us to simply do nothing. The economy is too fragile for us to let politics get in the way of action. The people who represent you in Washington have a responsibility to do what’s best for you – not what’s best for their party or what’s going to help them win an election that’s more than a year away. So I need you to keep making your voices heard in Washington. I need you to remind these folks who they work for. And I need you to tell your Senators to do the right thing by passing this jobs bill right away. Thank you.201110/156923第七届全国英语演讲比赛 周琳 美国经典英文演讲100篇总统演讲布莱尔首相演讲美国总统布什演讲快报200810/51901

Dwight D. Eisenhower:Atoms for PeaceDelivered8 December1953,edNationsGeneral AssemblyAUTHENTICITY CERTIFIED:Textversion belowtranscribeddirectlyfromaudioMadam President and Members of the General Assembly:When Secretary GeneralHammarskjoldrsquo;s invitation to address this GeneralAssembly reachedme in Bermuda, I was just beginning a series of conferences withthe Prime Ministers andForeign Ministers of Great Britain and of France. Our subject was some of the problems thatbeset our world.During the remainder of the Bermuda Conference, Ihadconstantly in mind that ahead of melay a greathonor. Thathonor is mine today, as I stand here, privilegedto address the GeneralAssembly of the ed Nations.Atthe same time that I appreciate the distinction of addressing you, I have a sense ofexhilaration as I look upon this Assembly. Never before inhistory has somuch hope for somany people been gathered together in a singleorganization. Your deliberations and decisionsduring these somber years have aly realized part of those hopes.Butthe greattests and the great accomplishments still lie ahead. And in the confidentexpectation of those accomplishments, I would use the office which, for the time being, Ihold,to assure you that the Government of the ed States will remainsteadfastinits support ofthis body.Transcription byMichaelE. Eidenmuller. Propertyof AmericanRhetoric.com. . Copyright 2006. All rights reserved.Page1AmericanRhetoric.comThis we shall doin the convictionthatyou will provide a great share of the wisdom, of thecourage, and the faith which can bring to this world lasting peace for allnations, andhappiness and wellbeingfor allmen.Clearly, it would not be fitting for me to take this occasion to present toyou a unilateralAmerican report on Bermuda. Nevertheless, I assure you that in our deliberations onthatlovely island we soughtto invoke those same great concepts of universal peace and humandignity which are so cleanly etched in your Charter. Neither would itbe a measure of thisgreat opportunity merely to recite,however hopefully, pious platitudes.I therefore decidedthatthis occasion warranted my saying toyousome of the things thathave been on the minds and hearts of my legislative and executive associates, and on mine,for a greatmany months thoughtsI had originally planned to say primarily to the Americanpeople.I know thatthe American people share my deep belief that if a danger exists inthe world,it isa danger shared by all. and equally, that if hope exists in the mind of one nation, thathopeshould be shared by all.Finally, if there is to be advanced any proposal designed to ease even by the smallestmeasure the tensions of todayrsquo;s world, whatmore appropriate audience could there be thanthe members of the GeneralAssembly of the ed Nations. Ifeelimpelled to speak today ina language that in a sense is new, one whichI, who have spentso much of my life in themilitary profession, would have preferred neverto use. That new language is the language ofatomic warfare.The atomic age has moved forward at such a pace that every citizen of the world should havesome comprehension, at least in comparative terms, of the extent of this development, of theutmost significance to everyone of us. Clearly, if the peoples of the world are to conduct anintelligentsearchfor peace, they must be armed withthe significant facts of todayrsquo;sexistence.My recital of atomic danger and power is necessarily stated in ed States terms, for theseare the only incontrovertible facts that Iknow. I need hardly point outto this Assembly,however, that this subjectis global, not merely nationalin character.On July 16, 1945, the ed States set off theworldrsquo;s first atomic explosion.Since that date in 1945, the ed States of America has conducted fortytwotest explosions.Atomic bombs today are more thantwentyfivetimes as powerful as the weapons with whichthe atomic age dawned, while hydrogen weapons are inthe ranges of millions of tons of TNTequivalent.Transcription byMichaelE. Eidenmuller. Propertyof AmericanRhetoric.com. . Copyright 2006. All rights reserved.Page2AmericanRhetoric.comToday, the ed States stockpile of atomic weapons, which, of course, increases daily,exceeds by many times the total [explosive] equivalent of the total of all bombs and all shellsthat came from every plane and every gunin every theatre of war in all the years of WorldWar II.A single air group, whether afloat or land based, can now deliver to any reachable target adestructive cargo exceeding in power allthe bombs thatfell on Britainin all ofWorld War II.Insize and variety, the development of atomic weapons has been noless remarkable. Thedevelopmenthas been suchthat atomic weapons have virtually achieved conventional statuswithin our armed services.Inthe ed States, the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, and the Marine Corps are all capableof putting this weaponto military use. But the d secret and the fearfulengines of atomicmight are not ours alone.Inthe first place, the secret is possessed by our friends and allies, GreatBritain and Canada,whose scientific genius made a tremendous contributionto our original discoveries and thedesigns of atomic bombs.The secret is also known by the SovietUnion.The Soviet Unionhas informed us that, over recent years, ithas devoted extensive resourcesto atomic weapons. During this period the Soviet Unionhas exploded a series of atomicadvices devices,including atleast one involving thermonuclearreactions. If at one timethe es States possessed what mighthave been called a monopoly of atomic power, thatmonopoly ceased to exist several years ago.Therefore, although our earlier start has permitted us to accumulate whatis today a greatquantitative advantage,the atomic realities of today comprehend two facts of even greatersignificance.First, the knowledge now possessed by severalnations will eventually be shared by others,possibly all others.Second, even a vast superiority innumbers of weapons, and a consequent capability ofdevastating retaliation, is no preventive, of itself, against the fearfulmaterial damage and tollof humanlives that would be inflicted by surprise aggression. The free world, atleast dimlyaware of these facts, has naturally embarked on a large program of warning and defensesystems. That program will be accelerated and expanded.Butletno one think thattheexpenditure of vast sums for weapons and systems of defense can guarantee absolute safetyfor the cities and citizens of any nation. The awful arithmetic of the atomic bomb does notpermit of any sucheasy solution. Even againstthe most powerful defense, an aggressor inpossession of the effective minimum number of atomic bombs for a surprise attack couldprobably place a sufficientnumber of his bombson the chosen targets tocause hideousdamage.Transcription byMichaelE. Eidenmuller. Propertyof AmericanRhetoric.com. . Copyright 2006. All rights reserved.Page3AmericanRhetoric.comShould such an atomic attack be launched againstthe ed States, our reactions would beswift and resolute. But for me to say thatthe defense capabilities of the ed States aresuchthatthey could inflictterrible losses upon an aggressor,for me to say that the retaliationcapabilities of the es States are so greatthat such an aggressorrsquo;s land would be laidwaste, all this, while fact, is notthe true expression of the purpose and the hope of the edStates.To pause there would be to confirm the hopeless finality of a belief that two atomic colossi aredoomed malevolently to eye each other indefinitely across a trembling world.To stop therewould be to accepthope helplesslythe probability of civilization destroyed,the annihilationof the irreplaceable heritage of mankind handed downto use generationfrom generation, andthe condemnation of mankind to begin all over again the ageoldstruggle upwardfromsavagery toward decency, and right, and justice. Surely no sane member of the human racecould discover victory in such desolation.Could anyone wish his name to be coupled by history with such human degradation anddestruction? Occasional pages of history dorecord the faces of the ;great destroyers,; butthewhole book of history reveals mankindrsquo;s neverendingquestfor peace and mankindrsquo;s Godgivencapacity to build.Itis with the book of history, and not withisolated pages,that the ed States will everwish to be identified. My country wants to be constructive, not destructive. It wantsagreements, not wars, among nations. It wants itself to live in freedom and in the confidencethatthe people of every other nation enjoy equally the right of choosing their own way of life.So my countryrsquo;s purpose is tohelp us move outof the dark chamber of horrors intothe light,to find a way by which the minds of men, the hopes of men, the souls of meneverywhere,can move forwardtoward peace and happiness and wellbeing.Inthis quest, I know that we must not lack patience. Iknowthatin a world divided, such asours today, salvation cannot be attained by one dramatic act.I know that many steps willhave to be taken over many months before the world canlook at itself one day and trulyrealize that a new climate of mutually peaceful confidence is abroad in the world.But Iknow,above all else, that we muststarttotake thesesteps now.The ed States and its allies, GreatBritain and France, have, over the pastmonths, tried totake some of these steps. Let no one say that we shunthe conference table.On the recordhas long stood the request of the ed States, GreatBritain, and France tonegotiate withthe SovietUnionthe problems of a divided Germany. On that record has long stood therequest of the same three nations to negotiate anAustrian peace treaty. Onthe same recordstill stands the request of the ed Nations tonegotiate the problems of Korea.Most recently we have received from the SovietUnion what is in effect an expressionofwillingness tohold a fourPowermeeting.Along with our allies, GreatBritain and France, wewere pleasedto see thathis note did not containthe unacceptable preconditionspreviouslyTranscription byMichaelE. Eidenmuller. Propertyof AmericanRhetoric.com. . Copyright 2006. All rights reserved.Page4AmericanRhetoric.comput forward.Asyou aly know from our joint Bermuda communiqueacute;, the ed States,Great Britain, and France have agreed promptlyto meet withthe Soviet Union.The Government of the ed States approaches this conference withhopeful sincerity. Wewill bend every effort of our minds tothe single purpose of emerging from that conferencewithtangible results towards peace, the only true way of lessening international tension. Wenever have, we never will, propose or suggest that the Soviet Union surrender what isrightfully theirs. We willnever say that the people of Russia are anenemy with whom we haveno desire ever todeal or mingle in friendly and fruitful relationship.Onthe contrary, we hope that this coming conference may initiate a relationship with theSovietUnion which will eventually bring about a free intermingling of the peoples of the Eastand of the Westtheone sure, human way ofdeveloping the understanding required forconfident and peaceful relations.Instead of the discontent whichis now settling upon Eastern Germany, occupied Austria, andthe countries of Eastern Europe, we seek a harmonious family of free Europeannations, withnone a threattothe other, and least of all a threat to the peoples of the Russia.Beyond theturmoil and strife and misery of Asia, we seek peaceful opportunity for these peoples todevelop their natural resources and to elevate their lives.These are notidle words or shallow visions. Behind them lies a story of nations lately come toindependence, not as a result of war, butthrough free grant or peacefulnegotiation. There isa record aly written of assistance gladly given by nations of the Westto needy peoplesand to those suffering the temporary effects of famine, drought, and natural disaster. Theseare deeds of peace. They speak more loudly than promises or protestations of peacefulintent.But I donot wishto rest either uponthe reiteration of past proposals or the restatement ofpast deeds.The gravity of the time is suchthatevery new avenue of peace,nomatter howdimly discernible, should be explored.There is atleast one new avenue of peace whichhasnotyet been well explored anavenue now laid out by the GeneralAssembly of the esNations.Inits resolution of November 18th, 1953thisGeneral Assembly suggested andI e ;thatthe Disarmament Commissionstudy the desirability of establishing a subcommitteeconsisting of representatives of the Powers principally involved, whichshould seek in privatean acceptable solution and report such a solutionto the GeneralAssembly and tothe SecurityCouncil notlater thanSeptember 1, of 1954.;The ed States, heeding the suggestion of the GeneralAssembly of the ed Nations, isinstantly prepared tomeet privately with such other countries as may be ;principallyinvolved,; to seek ;an acceptable solution; tothe atomic armaments race which overshadowsnot only the peace, butthe very life of the world. We shall carry intothese private ordiplomatic talks a new conception.Transcription byMichaelE. Eidenmuller. Propertyof AmericanRhetoric.com. . Copyright 2006. All rights reserved.Page5AmericanRhetoric.comThe ed States would seek more than the mere reduction or elimination of atomic materialsfor military purposes. Itis not enoughto take this weapon out of the hands of the soldiers. Itmust be put intothe hands of those who will know how tostrip its military casing and adaptitto the arts of peace.The ed States knows thatif the fearfultrend of atomic military buildupcan be reversed,this greatest of destructive forces can be developed into a great boon, for the benefit of allmankind. The ed States knows that peaceful power from atomic energy is no dream of thefuture. That capability, aly proved,is here, now, today. Who can doubt, if the entire bodyof the worldrsquo;s scientists and engineers had adequate amounts of fissionable material withwhichtotest and develop their ideas, that this capability would rapidly be transformed intouniversal, efficient, and economic usage?To hastenthe day whenfear of the atom will begin to disappear from the minds of people andthe governments of the East and West, there are certainsteps thatcan be takennow. Itherefore make the following proposals:The governments principally involved,to the extent permitted by elementary prudence, tobegin now and continue to make joint contributions from their stockpiles of normaluraniumand fissionable materials toaninternational atomic energy agency. We would expect thatsuch an agency would be setup under the aegis of the ed Nations.The ratios of contributions, the procedures, and other details would properly be withinthescope of the ;private conversations; I have referred toearlier.The ed States is prepared toundertake these explorations in good faith. Any partner ofthe ed States acting in the same good faithwill find the ed States a not unreasonableor ungenerous associate.Undoubtedly, initial and early contributions to this plan would be small in quantity. However,the proposal has the great virtue thatit can be undertaken without the irritations and mutualsuspicions incident to any attemptto setup a completely acceptable system of worldwideinspection and control.The atomic energy agency could be made responsible for the impounding, storage, andprotection of the contributed fissionable and other materials. The ingenuity of our scientistswill provide special, safe conditions under whichsuch a bank of fissionable material can bemade essentially immune to surprise seizure.The more important responsibility of this atomic energy agency would be to devise methodswhereby this fissionable material would be allocated to serve the peaceful pursuits ofmankind.Experts would be mobilized to apply atomic energy to the needs of agriculture,medicine, and other peaceful activities. A special purpose would be to provide abundantelectrical energy in the powerstarvedareas of the world. Thus the contributing Powers wouldbe dedicating some of their strengthto serve the needs rather than the fears of mankind.Transcription byMichaelE. Eidenmuller. Propertyof AmericanRhetoric.com. . Copyright 2006. All rights reserved.Page6AmericanRhetoric.comThe ed States would be more than willing itwould be proud totake up with others;principally involved; the development of plans whereby such peaceful use of atomic energywould be expedited.Of those ;principally involved;the SovietUnionmust, of course, be one. I would be preparedto submit tothe Congress of the ed States, and with every expectation of approval, anysuch plan that would, first, encourage worldwideinvestigation intothe most effectivepeacetime uses of fissionable material, and with the certainty thatthey [the investigators] hadallthe materialneeded for the conduct of all experiments that were appropriate. second,begin todiminish the potential destructive power of the worldrsquo;s atomic stockpiles. third, allowallpeoples of all nations to see that, in this enlightened age,the great Powers of the earth,both of the East and of the West, are interested in human aspirations first rather thaninbuilding up the armaments of war. fourth, openup a newchannel for peaceful discussion andinitiate atleast a new approach tothe many difficult problems that must be solved inbothprivate and public conversations, if the world isto shake offthe inertia imposed by fear and isto make positive progress toward peace.Againstthe dark background of the atomic bomb, the ed States does not wish merely topresent strength, but alsothe desire and the hope for peace.The coming months will be fraught with fateful decisions. Inthis Assembly, in the capitals andmilitary headquarters of the world, in the hearts of meneverywhere, be they governed orgovernors, may they be the decisions which willleadthis world out of fear and into peace.To the making of these fateful decisions, the ed States pledges before you, and thereforebefore the world,its determinationto help solve the fearful atomic dilemma todevote itsentire heart and mind tofind the way by which the miraculous inventiveness of man shallnotbe dedicated to his death, but consecrated tohis life.I againthank the delegates for the great honor they have done me in inviting me to appearbefore them and in listening me tome so courteously.Thank you. /201205/182136

暂无音频Remarks of President Barack ObamaNational Prayer BreakfastThursday, February 5th, Washington, DCGood morning. I want to thank the Co-Chairs of this breakfast, Representatives Heath Shuler and Vernon Ehlers. I’d also like to thank Tony Blair for coming today, as well as our Vice President, Joe Biden, members of my Cabinet, members of Congress, clergy, friends, and dignitaries from across the world.Michelle and I are honored to join you in prayer this morning. I know this breakfast has a long history in Washington, and faith has always been a guiding force in our family’s life, so we feel very much at home and look forward to keeping this tradition alive during our time here. It’s a tradition that I’m told actually began many years ago in the city of Seattle. It was the height of the Great Depression, and most people found themselves out of work. Many fell into poverty. Some lost everything. The leaders of the community did all that they could for those who were suffering in their midst. And then they decided to do something more: they prayed. It didn’t matter what party or religious affiliation to which they belonged. They simply gathered one morning as brothers and sisters to share a meal and talk with God. These breakfasts soon sprouted up throughout Seattle, and quickly sp to cities and towns across America, eventually making their way to Washington. A short time after President Eisenhower asked a group of Senators if he could join their prayer breakfast, it became a national event. And today, as I see presidents and dignitaries here from every corner of the globe, it strikes me that this is one of the rare occasions that still brings much of the world together in a moment of peace and goodwill.I raise this history because far too often, we have seen faith wielded as a tool to divide us from one another – as an excuse for prejudice and intolerance. Wars have been waged. Innocents have been slaughtered. For centuries, entire religions have been persecuted, all in the name of perceived righteousness. There is no doubt that the very nature of faith means that some of our beliefs will never be the same. We from different texts. We follow different edicts. We subscribe to different accounts of how we came to be here and where we’re going next – and some subscribe to no faith at all. But no matter what we choose to believe, let us remember that there is no religion whose central tenet is hate. There is no God who condones taking the life of an innocent human being. This much we know. We know too that whatever our differences, there is one law that binds all great religions together. Jesus told us to "love thy neighbor as thyself." The Torah commands, "That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow." In Islam, there is a hadith that s "None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself." And the same is true for Buddhists and Hindus; for followers of Confucius and for humanists. It is, of course, the Golden Rule – the call to love one another; to understand one another; to treat with dignity and respect those with whom we share a brief moment on this Earth. It is an ancient rule; a simple rule; but also one of the most challenging. For it asks each of us to take some measure of responsibility for the well-being of people we may not know or worship with or agree with on every issue. Sometimes, it asks us to reconcile with bitter enemies or resolve ancient hatreds. And that requires a living, breathing, active faith. It requires us not only to believe, but to do – to give something of ourselves for the benefit of others and the betterment of our world. In this way, the particular faith that motivates each of us can promote a greater good for all of us. Instead of driving us apart, our varied beliefs can bring us together to feed the hungry and comfort the afflicted; to make peace where there is strife and rebuild what has broken; to lift up those who have fallen on hard times. This is not only our call as people of faith, but our duty as citizens of America, and it will be the purpose of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships that I’m announcing later today. The goal of this office will not be to favor one religious group over another – or even religious groups over secular groups. It will simply be to work on behalf of those organizations that want to work on behalf of our communities, and to do so without blurring the line that our founders wisely drew between church and state. This work is important, because whether it’s a secular group advising families facing foreclosure or faith-based groups providing job-training to those who need work, few are closer to what’s happening on our streets and in our neighborhoods than these organizations. People trust them. Communities rely on them. And we will help them.We will also reach out to leaders and scholars around the world to foster a more productive and peaceful dialogue on faith. I don’t expect divisions to disappear overnight, nor do I believe that long-held views and conflicts will suddenly vanish. But I do believe that if we can talk to one another openly and honestly, then perhaps old rifts will start to mend and new partnerships will begin to emerge. In a world that grows smaller by the day, perhaps we can begin to crowd out the destructive forces of zealotry and make room for the healing power of understanding. This is my hope. This is my prayer. I believe this good is possible because my faith teaches me that all is possible, but I also believe because of what I have seen and what I have lived. I was not raised in a particularly religious household. I had a father who was born a Muslim but became an atheist, grandparents who were non-practicing Methodists and Baptists, and a mother who was skeptical of organized religion, even as she was the kindest, most spiritual person I’ve ever known. She was the one who taught me as a child to love, and to understand, and to do unto others as I would want done. I didn’t become a Christian until many years later, when I moved to the South Side of Chicago after college. It happened not because of indoctrination or a sudden revelation, but because I spent month after month working with church folks who simply wanted to help neighbors who were down on their luck – no matter what they looked like, or where they came from, or who they prayed to. It was on those streets, in those neighborhoods, that I first heard God’s spirit beckon me. It was there that I felt called to a higher purpose – His purpose. In different ways and different forms, it is that spirit and sense of purpose that drew friends and neighbors to that first prayer breakfast in Seattle all those years ago, during another trying time for our nation. It is what led friends and neighbors from so many faiths and nations here today. We come to break b and give thanks and seek guidance, but also to rededicate ourselves to the mission of love and service that lies at the heart of all humanity. As St. Augustine once said, "Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you." So let us pray together on this February morning, but let us also work together in all the days and months ahead. For it is only through common struggle and common effort, as brothers and sisters, that we fulfill our highest purpose as beloved children of God. I ask you to join me in that effort, and I also ask that you pray for me, for my family, and for the continued perfection of our union. Thank you. 02/61863President Obama makes a statement after a meeting with Congressional leaders on the Federal budget. The President says he remains confident that an agreement can be reached and emphasizes that a government shutdown can have serious implications for the economy.Download mp4 (35MB) | mp3 (3MB) 201104/131199Download Video: mp4 (105MB) | mp3 (4MB) 201004/101424

亲,你们想拥有一口流利的英语口语吗?你们想像世界名人一样拥有敏锐的智慧、滔滔不绝的口才吗?在这里,大家不但可以聆听抑扬顿挫的英文,而且还可以学习到名人的过人之处,相信会受益匪浅的!听,他们来了......164246全球顶级CEO的演讲(6) 美国经典英文演讲100篇总统演讲布莱尔首相演讲美国总统布什演讲快报英语演讲视频200809/49960mp4 视频下载 REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENTAT WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS' ASSOCIATION DINNERMay 9, Washington HiltonWashington, D.C.9:56 P.M. EDTTHE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you, everybody. Good evening. You know, I had an entire speech prepared for this wonderful occasion, but now that I'm here I think I'm going to try something a little different. Tonight I want to speak from the heart. I'm going to speak off the cuff. (Teleprompters rise.) (Laughter and applause.) Good evening. (Laughter.) Pause for laughter. (Laughter.) Wait a minute, this may not be working as well as I -- (laughter.) Let me try that again. Good evening, everybody. (Applause.) I would like to welcome you all to the 10-day anniversary of my first 100 days. (Laughter.) I am Barack Obama. Most of you covered me. All of you voted for me. (Laughter and applause.) Apologies to the Fox table. (Laughter.) They're -- where are they? I have to confess I really did not want to be here tonight, but I knew I had to come -- just one more problem that I've inherited from George W. Bush. (Laughter.) But now that I'm here, it's great to be here. It's great to see all of you. Michelle Obama is here, the First Lady of the ed States. (Applause.) Hasn't she been an outstanding First Lady? (Applause.) She's even begun to bridge the differences that have divided us for so long, because no matter which party you belong to we can all agree that Michelle has the right to bare arms. (Laughter and applause.)Now Sasha and Malia aren't here tonight because they're grounded. You can't just take Air Force One on a joy ride to Manhattan. (Laughter.) I don't care whose kids you are. (Laughter.) We've been setting some ground rules here. They're starting to get a little carried away. Now, speaking -- when I think about children obviously I think about Michelle and it reminds me that tomorrow is Mother's Day. Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers in the audience. (Applause.) I do have to say, though, that this is a tough holiday for Rahm Emanuel because he's not used to saying the word "day" after "mother." (Laughter.) That's true. (Laughter.) David Axelrod is here. You know, David and I have been together for a long time. I can still remember -- I got to sort of -- I tear up a little bit when I think back to that day that I called Ax so many years ago and said, you and I can do wonderful things together. And he said to me the same thing that partners all across America are saying to one another right now: Let's go to Iowa and make it official. (Laughter and applause.)Michael Steele is in the house tonight. (Applause.) Or as he would say, "in the heezy." (Laughter.) What's up? (Laughter.) Where is Michael? Michael, for the last time, the Republican Party does not qualify for a bailout. (Laughter.) Rush Limbaugh does not count as a troubled asset, I'm sorry. (Laughter.) Dick Cheney was supposed to be here but he is very busy working on his memoirs, tentatively titled, "How to Shoot Friends and Interrogate People." (Laughter.)You know, it's been a whirlwind of activity these first hundred days. We've enacted a major economic recovery package, we passed a budget, we forged a new path in Iraq, and no President in history has ever named three Commerce Secretaries this quickly. (Laughter.) Which reminds me, if Judd Gregg is here, your business cards are y now. (Laughter.)On top of that, I've also reversed the ban on stem cell research, signed an expansion -- (applause) -- signed an expansion of the children's health insurance. Just last week, Car and Driver named me auto executive of the year. (Laughter.) Something I'm very proud of.We've also begun to change the culture in Washington. We've even made the White House a place where people can learn and can grow. Just recently, Larry Summers asked if he could chair the White House Council on Women and Girls. (Laughter.) And I do appreciate that Larry is here tonight because it is seven hours past his bedtime. (Laughter.) Gibbs liked that one. (Laughter.)In the last hundred days, we've also grown the Democratic Party by infusing it with new energy and bringing in fresh, young faces like Arlen Specter. (Laughter.) Now, Joe Biden rightly deserves a lot of credit for convincing Arlen to make the switch, but Secretary Clinton actually had a lot to do with it too. One day she just pulled him aside and she said, Arlen, you know what I always say -- "if you can't beat them, join them." (Laughter.)Which brings me to another thing that's changed in this new, warmer, fuzzier White House, and that's my relationship with Hillary. You know, we had been rivals during the campaign, but these days we could not be closer. In fact, the second she got back from Mexico she pulled into a hug and gave me a big kiss. (Laughter.) Told me I'd better get down there myself. (Laughter.) Which I really appreciated. I mean, it was -- it was nice. (Laughter.)And of course we've also begun to change America's image in the world. We talked about this during this campaign and we're starting to execute. We've renewed alliances with important partners and friends. If you look on the screen there, there I am with Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso. There I am with Gordon Brown. But as I said during the campaign, we can't just talk to our friends. As hard as it is, we also have to talk to our enemies, and I've begun to do exactly that. Take a look at the monitor there. (Laughter.) Now, let me be clear, just because he handed me a copy of Peter Pan does not mean that I'm going to it -- (laughter) -- but it's good diplomatic practice to just accept these gifts.All this change hasn't been easy. Change never is. So I've cut the tension by bringing a new friend to the White House. He's warm, he's cuddly, loyal, enthusiastic. You just have to keep him on a tight leash. Every once in a while he goes charging off in the wrong direction and gets himself into trouble. But enough about Joe Biden. (Laughter.)All in all, we're proud of the change we've brought to Washington in these first hundred days but we've got a lot of work left to do, as all of you know. So I'd like to talk a little bit about what my administration plans to achieve in the next hundred days.During the second hundred days, we will design, build and open a library dedicated to my first hundred days. (Laughter.) It's going to be big, folks. (Laughter.) In the next hundred days, I will learn to go off the prompter and Joe Biden will learn to stay on the prompter. (Laughter.) In the next hundred days, our bipartisan outreach will be so successful that even John Boehner will consider becoming a Democrat. After all, we have a lot in common. He is a person of color. (Laughter.) Although not a color that appears in the natural world. (Laughter.) What's up, John? (Laughter.)In the next hundred days, I will meet with a leader who rules over millions with an iron fist, who owns the airwaves and uses his power to crush all who would challenge his authority at the ballot box. It's good to see you, Mayor Bloomberg. (Laughter.) In the next hundred days, we will housetrain our dog, Bo, because the last thing Tim Geithner needs is someone else treating him like a fire hydrant. (Laughter.) In the next hundred days, I will strongly consider losing my cool. (Laughter.)Finally, I believe that my next hundred days will be so successful I will be able to complete them in 72 days. (Laughter.) And on the 73rd day, I will rest. (Laughter.) I just -- I want to end by saying a few words about the men and women in this room whose job it is to inform the public and pursue the truth. You know, we meet tonight at a moment of extraordinary challenge for this nation and for the world, but it's also a time of real hardship for the field of journalism. And like so many other businesses in this global age, you've seen sweeping changes and technology and communications that lead to a sense of uncertainty and anxiety about what the future will hold. Across the country, there are extraordinary, hardworking journalists who have lost their jobs in recent days, recent weeks, recent months. And I know that each newspaper and media outlet is wrestling with how to respond to these changes, and some are struggling simply to stay open. And it won't be easy. Not every ending will be a happy one. But it's also true that your ultimate success as an industry is essential to the success of our democracy. It's what makes this thing work. You know, Thomas Jefferson once said that if he had the choice between a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, he would not hesitate to choose the latter. Clearly, Thomas Jefferson never had cable news to contend with -- (laughter) -- but his central point remains: A government without newspapers, a government without a tough and vibrant media of all sorts, is not an option for the ed States of America. (Applause.) So I may not -- I may not agree with everything you write or report. I may even complain, or more likely Gibbs will complain, from time to time about how you do your jobs, but I do so with the knowledge that when you are at your best, then you help me be at my best. You help all of us who serve at the pleasure of the American people do our jobs better by holding us accountable, by demanding honesty, by preventing us from taking shortcuts and falling into easy political games that people are so desperately weary of. And that kind of reporting is worth preserving -- not just for your sake, but for the public's. We count on you to help us make sense of a complex world and tell the stories of our lives the way they happen, and we look for you for truth, even if it's always an approximation, even if -- (laughter.)This is a season of renewal and reinvention. That is what government must learn to do, that's what businesses must learn to do, and that's what journalism is in the process of doing. And when I look out at this room and think about the dedicated men and women whose questions I've answered over the last few years, I know that for all the challenges this industry faces, it's not short on talent or creativity or passion or commitment. It's not short of young people who are eager to break news or the not-so-young who still manage to ask the tough ones time and time again. These qualities alone will not solve all your problems, but they certainly prove that the problems are worth solving. And that is a good place as any to begin.So I offer you my thanks, I offer you my support, and I look forward to working with you and answering to you and the American people as we seek a more perfect union in the months and years ahead.Thank you very much, everybody. Thank you. (Applause.)END 10:12 P.M. EDT05/69535

It is a great pleasure to welcome President Karzai to my hometown of Chicago after he extended hospitality to me during my visit to to Kabul recently. 很高兴欢迎卡尔扎伊总统来到我的故乡芝加哥, 而最近在我访问喀布尔期间他对我热情款待。During that trip to Afghanistan, we were able to finalize the Strategic Partnership Agreement that reflects a future in which two sovereign nations -- the ed States and Afghanistan -- are operating as partners, to the benefit of our countries’ citizens, but also for the benefit of peace and security and stability in the region and around the world.在对阿富汗的访问中,我们最终能够确定战略合作协议,这反映了两个主权国家——美国和阿富汗——在未来作为合作伙伴共同协作,这将不仅造福于我们各自国家的人民们,而且也有利于该地区和全世界的和平、安全与稳定。I want to thank President Karzai for his cooperation, and his delegation’s hard work in helping us to achieve the Strategic Partnership Agreement.我要感谢总统卡尔扎伊的合作,他的代表团努力帮助我们达成战略合作协议。And the NATO Summit is going to be largely devoted to ratifying and reflecting the broad consensus that so many of our partners and ISAF members have agreed to -- one in which we are working with the Afghans over the next several years to achieve a complete transition to Afghan lead for Afghan security;而北约峰会将主要致力于批准并反映广泛共识:那就是很多这样的合作伙伴及国际安全援助部队成员们已同意——未来几年我们与阿富汗人携手,实现一个完整的过渡给阿富汗领导其安全;one in which we continue to provide support for the Afghan National Security Forces that have made excellent progress over the last several years;我们为在过去的几年中已经取得可喜进步的阿富汗国家安全部队继续提供持,and also painting a vision post-2014 in which we have ended our combat role,而2014年我们将结束我们的战斗角色,the Afghan war as we understand it is over, but our commitment to friendship and partnership with Afghanistan continues. 我们理解的阿富汗战争已经结束,但我们承诺与阿富汗的友谊和合作伙伴关系仍在继续。And so the Strategic Partnership Agreement, this NATO Summit, are all part and parcel of a shared vision that we have in which Afghanistan is able to transition from decades of war to a transformational decade of peace and stability and development. 所以这次北约首脑会议的战略合作协议将是不可或缺的一部分,我们有一个共同的理想,阿富汗有能力从几十年的战争中过渡转型到十年的和平稳定及发展。And so I just want to stress my appreciation for the hard work that President Karzai has done. 所以我只是想强调我对于卡尔扎伊总统已经做的努力的赞赏。I think he recognizes the enormous sacrifices that have been made by the American people and, most profoundly, by American troops, as well as the troops of our other coalition partners. 我想他意识到美国人已经做出的巨大牺牲,而最深刻的是,通过美国军队,以及我们其他联盟伙伴的军队。We recognize the hardship that the Afghan people have been through during these many, many years of war.我们认识到阿富汗人民在这许多、许多年的战争中已经经历过苦难。Both of us recognize that we still have a lot of work to do, and there will be great challenges ahead. 我们都意识到各自仍有很多工作要做,而且未来会有伟大的挑战。The loss of life continues in Afghanistan; there will be hard days ahead. 生命仍在阿富汗继续失去,未来的日子将会十分艰难。But we’re confident that we are on the right track, and what this NATO Summit reflects is that the world is behind the strategy that we’ve laid out.但我们很有信心,我们已经处在正确的轨道上,而北约峰会反映出的是世界背后有着我们已经安排好的战略。Now it’s our task to implement it effectively. 现在我们的任务是有效实现它。And I believe that we can do so, in part because of the tremendous strength and resilience of the Afghan people.我相信,我们可以这样做,部分是因为阿富汗人的十分强大及坚忍。I think they desperately want peace and security and development.我认为他们迫切需要和平,安全与发展。And so long as they’re reflecting that resilience and that hope for a better future, they will have a friend in the ed States of America.而只要他们反映出这种弹性,对于更好未来的希望,他们会有美利坚合众国这个朋友。So, President Karzai, welcome. 所以,卡尔扎伊总统,欢迎你的到来。I am confident this will be a productive NATO Summit, and I’m looking forward to continuing to work to implement the plans that we’ve laid out.我相信这将是一届富有成效的北约峰会,我期待着继续努力实施我们已经安排好的计划。201205/184344[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. 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