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mp4 视频下载 REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT IN AN ONLINE TOWN HALL ON HEALTH CARENorthern Virginia Community CollegeAnnandale, VirginiaTHE PRESIDENT: Good to see you guys. Thank you, everybody. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you, Northern Virginia. Thank you very much. What a wonderful welcome. And I'm so grateful to all of you for taking the time to be here. A couple of quick acknowledgments. First of all, I want to thank President Templin and Chancellor DuBois for their wonderful hospitality. We are grateful to both of them. We've got some extraordinary elected officials -- a few that I want to mention. First of all, you've got one of the finest governors in the country, who also is doing a great job as DNC chair. Please give Tim Kaine a big round of applause. (Applause.) Part of the reason Tim is such a good governor is because he took notes while being lieutenant governor to the former governor and now senator for the state of Virginia, an outstanding public servant, Mark Warner. (Applause.) And three outstanding members of Congress: Bobby Scott, Jim Moran, and Gerry Connolly -- thank you so much, guys, for the great job you do every day. (Applause.)So I know there's all kinds of stuff Valerie was explaining. Don't worry, she's in charge, so she'll organize us. I just want to give a few remarks at the outset, and then we'll save most of the time for questions.First of all, it's wonderful to be here in Annandale, and I'm looking forward to answering questions about what is obviously one of the most important issues facing American families, American businesses, and the American government. But before I begin, I just want to say a few words about where we are as a nation and where we need to go.We're living through extraordinary times -- I don't need to tell you. This generation of Americans -- our generation -- has been called to confront challenges of a magnitude that we have not seen in decades, perhaps unlike anything we've seen in recent history -- challenges that few generations of Americans are asked to face. In addition to the immediate threats that we face -- we've got two wars going on and a very deep recession -- our economy has also been weakened by problems that have plagued us for decades: the crushing cost of health care, the state of our schools, our continuing dependence on foreign oil. Now, I know there are some who say we can't tackle all of these problems; it's too much; Congress can't handle it; the President is juggling too many things; my administration is taking on too much too soon; we're moving too fast.What I say is that America has waited long enough for action on these issues. It's not too soon to fix our schools when we know that if our children are not prepared they are not going to compete in the 21st century. It's not too soon to wean ourselves off of dirty sources of energy so that we can grab hold of a clean energy future. We've been talking about clean energy since Richard Nixon. And it's time for us to act. And I congratulate, by the way, the House of Representatives for beginning action this past week on a historic clean energy bill. It's also not too soon to reform our health care system, which we've been talking about since Teddy Roosevelt was President.We are at a defining moment for this nation. If we act now, then we can rebuild our economy in a way that makes it strong, competitive, sustainable and prosperous once more. We can lead this century the same way that we led the last century. But if we don't act, if we let this moment pass, we could see this economy just sputter along for decades -- a slow, steady decline in which the chances for our children and our grandchildren are fewer than the opportunities that were given to us. And that's contrary to the history of America. One of our core ideas has always been that we leave the next generation better off than us. And that's why we have to act right now. I know that people say the costs of fixing our problems are great -- and in some cases, they are. The costs of inaction, of not doing anything, are even greater. They're unacceptable. And that's why this town hall and this debate that we're having around health care is so important. Let me just give a few statistics. Many of you aly know these. In the last nine years, premiums have risen three times faster than wages for the average family. I don't need to tell you this because you've seen it in your own lives. Even if you've got health insurance -- and 46 million people don't -- if you've got health insurance, you have seen your costs double. They've gone up three times faster than wages. If we do nothing, then those costs are just going to keep on going higher and higher. In recent years, over one-third of small businesses have reduced benefits and many have dropped coverage altogether since the early '90s -- not because small business owners don't want to provide benefits to their workers, but they just simply can't afford it; they don't have the money. If we don't act, that means that more people are going to lose coverage and more people are going to lose their jobs because those businesses are not going to be competitive. Unless we act, within a decade, one out of every we earn will be spent on health care. And for those who rightly worry about deficits, the amount our government spends on Medicare and Medicaid will eventually grow larger than what our government spends today on everything else combined -- everything else combined. The Congressional Budget Office just did a study that showed that when you look at the rising costs of entitlement, 90 percent of it is Medicare and Medicaid -- it's not Social Security -- 90 percent of it comes from the federal share of health care costs. So if we want to control our deficits, the only way for us to do it is to control health care costs. Now, those are all abstractions, those are numbers. But many of you know that this translates into pain and heartache in a very personal way for families all across America. I know because during the two years that I campaigned for President every town hall meeting I had, people would raise horrible stories about their experiences in the medical system. And now that I'm President, I'm hearing those same stories. I get 10 letters a day -- out of the 40,000 or so that the White House receives, my staff selects 10 for me to every single day. And at least half of them relate to a story about somebody who has been denied coverage because of a preexisting condition, or somebody who finds out that what they thought was going to be a 0 bill ends up being a ,000 bill.I was at a town hall meeting in Green Bay, Wisconsin, met a young woman, 36 years old, has breast cancer that's metastasized. She's got two small children. Her and her husband are both employed, both have health insurance, and yet she still has ,000 worth of debt. And all she's thinking about right now is, instead of thinking about how to get well, she's thinking, if I don't survive this, my main legacy to my children may be another ,000 worth of debt.Everybody here knows stories like that. Some of you have experienced them personally. So this is a problem that we can't wait to fix. It's not something that we're going to keep on putting off indefinitely. This is about who we are as a country. And that's why we are going to pass health care reform -- not 10 years from now, not five years from now; we are going to pass it this year. (Applause.) That is my commitment. We're going to get it done. (Applause.)Now, we've aly started to see some progress in Washington. Those who said we couldn't do it, they're aly being surprised, because as a consequence of us pushing, suddenly the drug companies and the insurance companies and the hospitals, all of them are starting to realize this train is leaving the station, we better get on board. So just a few weeks ago, the pharmaceutical industry agreed to billion in spending reductions that we can use to close the so-called "doughnut hole." Some of you know what the "doughnut hole" is, right, where senior citizens who are on the prescription drug plan under Medicaid, they get their drugs reimbursed up to a certain point, and then suddenly there's a gap until it reaches thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket costs.And so we've struck a deal with the drug companies; they're willing to cut those costs for seniors in half. Aly we're seeing that when we put pressure to reform the system, then these industries are going to have to respond. Last month, doctors and hospitals, labor and business, insurers and drug companies all came together and agreed to decrease the annual rate of health care growth by 1.5 percent -- that would translate into trillion or more of savings over the next decade. And that would mean lower costs for everybody, for ordinary families. In the past two weeks, the committee in the Senate, led by Senator Kennedy and Senator Dodd, have made tremendous progress on a plan to hold down costs, improve patient care, and ensure that you won't lose your coverage even if you lose your job, or if you change your job, or you've got a preexisting medical condition. But now we need to finish the job. There's no doubt that we have to preserve what's best in the health care system, and that means allowing Americans who like their doctor and their health care plan to keep their plan. And that's going to be a priority for us. (Applause.) But we also have to fix what's broken about the system, and that means permanently bringing down costs and giving more choice for everyone. And to do this, we've got to do a couple of things. We have to build on the investments that we've made in electronic medical records. We aly made those investments in the Recovery Act -- because when everything is digitalized, all your records -- your privacy is protected, but all your records on a digital form -- that reduces medical errors. It means that nurses don't have to the scrawl of doctors when they are trying to figure out what treatments to apply. That saves lives; that saves money; and it will still ensure privacy. We need to invest in prevention and wellness that help Americans live longer, healthier lives. We know this saves money. If we can help somebody control obesity, they are less likely to get diabetes. And if they are less likely to get diabetes that means that we are going to be saving a whole lot of money in hospital costs.07/76384

Is it time to reawaken this industrial giant, to get government back within its means, and to lighten our punitive tax burden.现在应当是唤醒这个工业巨人的时候,使政府能够重新量入为出,减轻我们惩罚性的赋税负担,And these will be our first priorities, and on these principles, there will be no compromise.这将是我们首要的任务,在这些原则上绝不会妥协。On the eve of our struggle for independence a man who might have been one of the greatest among the Founding Fathers, Dr. Joseph Warren, President of the Massachusetts Congress, said to his fellow Americans,在我国为独立而斗争的前夕,有一个人曾对他的美国同胞说:这个人就是马萨诸塞议会主席约瑟夫沃伦士,如果他当初没有在邦克山牺牲,他也许成为我国建国的先人中最伟大的任务之一。Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of On you depend the fortunes of America.我们现在处于危险之中,但并没有绝望 美国的命运取决与你们。You are to decide the important questions upon which rests the happiness and the liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves.关系到尚未出生的千百万人的幸福和自由的一个重要问题是由你们来决定,你们的行动要无愧与你自己。Well, I believe we, the Americans of today, are y to act worthy of ourselves, y to do what must be done to ensure happiness and liberty for ourselves, our children and our childrens children.我相信,我们当代美国人已做好无愧于我们自己行动的准备,做好为确保我们自己、孩子和子孙后代的幸福和自由必须进行工作的准备。And as we renew ourselves here in our own land, we will be seen as having greater strength throughout the world.当我们在这块土地上时代相传时,全世界将看到,我们所具有的力量更加强大,We will again be the exemplar of freedom and a beacon of hope for those who do not now have freedom.我们将再度成为自由的典范,成为现在还没有获得自由的那些人的希望之光。To those neighbors and allies who share our freedom, we will strengthen our historic ties and assure them of our support and firm commitment.对于与我们怀有同样自由理想的那些邻国和盟国,我们将加强我们之间传统性的沟通,保对他们予以持,对他们履行应尽的义务,We will match loyalty with loyalty. We will strive for mutually beneficial relations.忠诚地报答他们的忠诚,努力争取建立互利的关系,We will not use our friendship to impose on their sovereignty, for or own sovereignty is not for sale.决不利用这种友谊去影响他们的主权,因为我们自己的主权也是不能出卖的。As for the enemies of freedom, those who are potential adversaries, they will be reminded thatpeace is the highest aspiration of the American people.对于那些自由的敌人和潜在的对手,我们要提醒他们,和平是美国人民的最高愿望。We will negotiate for it, sacrifice for it; we will not surrender for it now or ever.我们将为和平而谈判,为和平而牺牲,但我们绝不为和平而投降,现在不会,将来也永远不会。Our forbearance should never be misunderstood.对我们的忍让绝不应误解。Our reluctance for conflict should not bemisjudged as a failure of will. When action is required to preserve our national security, we will act.不要把我们对冲突采取的克制态度误认为是意志不坚强。一旦需要采取行动保卫我们国家的安全,我们就采取行动。We will maintain sufficient strength to prevail if need be, knowing that if we do so we have the best chance of never having to use that strength.我们将保持足以在必要时取胜的力量,这样我们才最有可能不必动用这种力量。03/438044

Among men of good will, science and democracy together offer an ever-richer life and ever-larger satisfaction to the individual.在有善良愿望的人之间,科学加之民主,为个人提供了日益丰富的生活和日益增大的满足。With this change in our moral climate and our rediscovered ability to improve our economic order,随着道德风尚的这种变化,随着我们重新发现了改进经济秩序的能力,we have set our feet upon the road of enduring progress.我们已经踏上了持久的进步之路。Shall we pause now and turn our back upon the road that lies ahead?我们现在就停下来,从前进的道路上向后转吗?Shall we call this the promised land? Or, shall we continue on our way?我们要把现在的美国称为希望之乡吗?或者,我们要继续走自己的路吗?For ;each age is a dream that is dying, or one that is coming to birth.;因为侍云:“每一个时代都是一场梦,不是在消逝,就是在诞生。”Many voices are heard as we face a great decision.我们在面临重大抉择时听到了许多声音。Comfort says, ;Tarry a while.; Opportunism says, ;This is a good spot.; Timidity asks, ;How difficult is the road ahead?;贪图安逸者说:“歇一会吧。”机会主义者说:“这是个好地方。”胆小怕事者问:“前面的路有多难走?”True, we have come far from the days of stagnation and despair.不错,我们已经把萧条和沮丧的日子远远甩到了后面。Vitality has been preserved. Courage and confidence have been restored. Mental and moral horizons have been extended.我们维持了活力。我们恢复了勇气和信心。我们扩大了思想和道德领域的疆界。But our present gains were won under the pressure of more than ordinary circumstances.但是,我们目前的成绩是在超常形势的压力下取得的。Advance became imperative under the goad of fear and suffering. The times were on the side of progress.在恐惧和痛苦的刺激下,前进是迫不得已的。当时的形势是有利于进步的。To hold to progress today, however, is more difficult.然而,今天要坚持进步就比较困难了,Dulled conscience, irresponsibility, and ruthless self-interest aly reappear.麻木不仁、不负责任、冷酷无情的自私自利已经重新抬头。Such symptoms of prosperity may become portents of disaster!这类繁荣的症状可能成为灾难的征兆!Prosperity aly tests the persistence of our progressive purpose.繁荣已经在考验我们进步的决心能否持久。Let us ask again: Have we reached the goal of our vision of that fourth day of March 1933? Have we found our happy valley?让我们再问一问:我们已经达到1933年3月4日那天幢憬的目标了吗?我们已经找到快乐之谷了吗?I see a great nation, upon a great continent, blessed with a great wealth of natural resources.我看到一个伟大的国家,地处辽阔的大陆,天赐富饶的自然资源。Its hundred and thirty million people are at peace among themselves;它的一亿三千万人民和睦相处;they are making their country a good neighbor among the nations.他们正在使自己的国家威为各国的好邻居,02/439187

Working Together for Immigration Reformmp4 视频下载 REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENTAFTER MEETING WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESSTO DISCUSS IMMIGRATIONState Dining Room 3:17 P.M. EDTTHE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. We have just finished what I consider to be a very productive meeting on one of the most critical issues that I think this nation faces, and that is an immigration system that is broken and needs fixing.We have members of Congress from both chambers, from parties, who have participated in the meeting and shared a range of ideas. I think the consensus is that despite our inability to get this passed over the last several years, the American people still want to see a solution in which we are tightening up our borders, or cracking down on employers who are using illegal workers in order to drive down wages -- and oftentimes mistreat those workers. And we need a effective way to recognize and legalize the status of undocumented workers who are here.Now, this is -- there is not by any means consensus across the table. As you can see, we've got a pretty diverse spectrum of folks here. But what I'm encouraged by is that after all the overheated rhetoric and the occasional demagoguery on all sides around this issue, we've got a responsible set of leaders sitting around the table who want to actively get something done and not put it off until a year, two years, three years, five years from now, but to start working on this thing right now.My administration is fully behind an effort to achieve comprehensive immigration reform. I have asked my Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Secretary Janet Napolitano, to lead up a group that is going to be working with a leadership group from both the House and the Senate to start systematically working through these issues from the congressional leaders and those with the relevant jurisdiction. What we've heard is through a process of regular order, they would like to work through these issues both in the House and in the Senate.In the meantime, administratively there are a couple of things that our administration has aly begun to do. The FBI has cleared much of the backlog of immigration background checks that was really holding up the legal immigration process. DHS is aly in the process of cracking down on unscrupulous employers, and, in collaboration with the Department of Labor, working to protect those workers from exploitation.The Department of Homeland Security has also been making good progress in speeding up the processing of citizenship petitions, which has been far too slow for far too long -- and that, by the way, is an area of great consensus, cuts across Democratic and Republican parties, the notion that we've got to make our legal system of immigration much more efficient and effective and customer-friendly than it currently is.Today I'm pleased to announce a new collaboration between my Chief Information Officer, my Chief Performance Officer, my Chief Technologies Officer and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office to make the agency much more efficient, much more transparent, much more user-friendly than it has been in the past.In the next 90 days, USCIS will launch a vastly improved Web site that will, for the first time ever, allow applicants to get updates on their status of their applications via e-mail and text message and online. And anybody who's dealt with families who are trying to deal with -- navigate the immigration system, this is going to save them huge amounts of time standing in line, waiting around, making phone calls, being put on hold. It's an example of some things that we can do administratively even as we're working through difficult issues surrounding comprehensive immigration.And the idea is very simple here: We're going to leverage cutting-edge technology to reduce the unnecessary paperwork, backlogs, and the lack of transparency that's caused so many people so much heartache.Now, we all know that comprehensive immigration reform is difficult. We know it's a sensitive and politically volatile issue. One of the things that was said around the table is the American people still don't have enough confidence that Congress and any administration is going to get serious about border security, and so they're concerned that any immigration reform simply will be a short-term legalization of undocumented workers with no long-term solution with respect to future flows of illegal immigration.What's also been acknowledged is that the 12 million or so undocumented workers are here -- who are not paying taxes in the ways that we'd like them to be paying taxes, who are living in the shadows, that that is a group that we have to deal with in a practical, common-sense way. And I think the American people are y for us to do so. But it's going to require some heavy lifting, it's going to require a victory of practicality and common sense and good policymaking over short-term politics. That's what I'm committed to doing as President.I want to especially commend John McCain, who's with me today, because along with folks like Lindsey Graham, he has aly paid a significant political cost for doing the right thing. I stand with him, I stand with Nydia Velázquez and others who have taken leadership on this issue. I am confident that if we enter into this with the notion that this is a nation of laws that have to be observed and this is a nation of immigrants, then we're going to create a stronger nation for our children and our grandchildren.So thank you all for participating. I'm looking forward to us getting busy and getting to work. All right? Thank you.Oh, and by the way, I hope everybody has got their Hawaiian shirts -- (laughter) -- and their mumus for our luau tonight.END3:24 P.M. EDT06/75685

President Bush Discusses the Transition with Employees of the Executive Office of the PresidentTHE PRESIDENT: Thank you all for coming. Mr. Vice President and Lynne, thank you for being here with us. Laura and I welcome you to the South Lawn -- better known as Barney's playground. (Laughter.)I want to thank members of my Cabinet who've joined us. We've just finished a Cabinet meeting, and it gave me a chance to tell them how much I appreciate the good work they're doing during this critical time for our nation.I also appreciate the men and women who make up the Executive Office of the President for joining us today. (Applause.) Some of you have been at the White House for just a few months. Others arrived the same day that we did nearly eight years ago. You're the ones who can tell that my hair has gotten a little grayer. (Laughter.) Others are career employees who have been here for 30, or 40, sometimes 50 years. I can tell that your hair has gotten grayer. (Laughter.)The people on this lawn represent diverse backgrounds, talents, and experiences. Yet we all share a steadfast devotion to the ed States. We believe that service to our fellow citizens is a noble calling -- and the privilege of a lifetime.This is an exciting time for our country. Earlier this week, more than 120 million people voted for a new President and Congress -- one of the largest turnouts in the history of the country. No matter how we cast our ballots, this election gives us all reason to be proud of our democracy and our country. And I hope you will join Laura and me in congratulating President-Elect Obama, and wishing him the very best for his family and our country. (Applause.)Just before our inauguration in 2001, Laura and I went back to Midland, Texas -- she was born there and I was raised there. I said that Laura and I would "never quite settle in Washington." I told them: "While the honor is great, the work is temporary." This is true for many of us here today. This peaceful transfer of power is one of the hallmarks of a true democracy. And ensuring that this transition is as smooth as possible is a priority for the rest of my presidency. We face economic challenges that will not pause to let a new President settle in. This will also be America's first wartime presidential transition in four decades. We're in a struggle against violent extremists determined to attack us -- and they would like nothing more than to exploit this period of change to harm the American people.So over the next 75 days, all of us must ensure that the next President and his team can hit the ground running. For more than a year now, departments and agencies throughout the federal government have been preparing for a smooth transition. We've provided intelligence briefings to the President-Elect, and the Department of Justice has approved security clearances for members of his transition staff. In the coming weeks, we will ask administration officials to brief the Obama team on ongoing policy issues, ranging from the financial markets to the war in Iraq. I look forward to discussing those issues with the President-Elect early next week.Offices within the White House are at work preparing extensive transition materials. We're preparing career employees throughout the administration to take on added responsibilities to help prevent any disruption to the essential functions of the federal government.Taken together, these measures represent an unprecedented effort to ensure that the executive branch is prepared to fulfill its responsibilities at all times. As we carry out this transition I know that you will continue to conduct yourselves with the decency and professionalism you have shown throughout my time in office.A successful transition is just one of many important tasks remaining in our last 75 days. To help address the global financial crisis, the Secretary of Treasury is working endless hours, and I will host an international summit here in Washington on November the 15th. This will be a historic meeting -- and I'm confident that you will work hard to help make it a success.We'll also keep urging Congress to approve America's free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea. And we will continue to protect this homeland by defeating the terrorists and extremists abroad, so we do not have to face them here at home. (Applause.)As January 20th draws near, some of you may be anxious about finding a new job, or a new place to live. I know how you feel. (Laughter.) But between now and then, we must keep our attention on the task at hand -- because the American people expect no less. Earlier this year, I promised that I would sprint to the finish. I am keeping that promise, and I know I have given some of you a good workout along the way. As we head into this final stretch, I ask you to remain focused on the goals ahead. I will be honored to stand with you at the finish line. May God bless you.200811/55367

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