2015.05.14【英译中】 总统和贫穷

发表于:2015-05-14 21:43 [只看楼主] [划词开启]

Yesterday,I attended a panel discussion that happened to have the President of the United States as one of the panelists. In our anti-monarchy, it was a sight beautiful to behold—the leader of the free world ambling onstage and settling into a chair just like the chairs occupied by his fellow-interlocutors, Robert Putnam, of Harvard, Arthur Brooks, of the American Enterprise Institute, and E. J. Dionne, of the Washington Post, and speaking about poverty and listening to the others while the bells of the university chapel chimed noonday in the background.

  昨天,我参加了一个专题讨论会,而美国总统刚好也参与其中。在我们的反君主制讨论中,奥巴马必然是因人注目的:作为自由世界的领导者,他缓步走上讲台,如哈弗的Robert Putnam,美国企业协会的Arthur Brooks及华盛顿邮报的E.J.Dionne一样坐在其中一张椅子上,讨论贫穷,在学校后面教堂传来的午间钟声中聆听其他人的谈话。

   The event was a live, in-person distillation of so much of what so many of us cherish in this President: the serene intelligence, the lack of pretension, the clarity of thought and expression, the blend of affability and cool. At the same time, the event was an exhibition of Obama’s vaunted realism, which just now involves acknowledging limits in a voice that mingles regret and vexation at “my Republican friends,” as he calls them. In his opening remarks, he quoted a Biblical adage, “The poor will always be with us,” and, while he stressed that this adage shouldn’t be a cynical pretext to say that we can’t do anything about poverty, what followed suggested that Obama himself can’t do all that much—because an obstinate Congress holds the President and the poor in equal contempt, rendering the world’s most-powerful man something like an armchair public-policy analyst rather than a policy maker.

   这次活动就是我们对总统的珍爱的一次现场的、生动的缩影:平静的头脑、没有丝毫的自负、清晰的思路及表达方式,亲切感及距离感的混合。同时,这次活动也充分的展示了奥巴马那夸大的现实主义,而这所谓的现实主义刚好涉及到奥巴马对他所称的“我的共产主义朋友”的混合着遗憾与愤怒的认可的限制。奥巴马引用了圣经的话“贫穷将一直伴随着我们”作为他演讲的开场白,但他强调,这句谚语不能作为我们对贫穷无能无力的愤世嫉俗的借口,接着,奥巴马表明他自己的个人力量有限,因为顽固的国会像轻视贫穷一样轻视他这个总统,使得这个世界上最有权力的人更像一个足不出户的公共政策的分析专家而不是一个政策的制定者。总统和贫穷

   

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