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奥巴马讲话 祝福人民感恩节快乐

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Hi, everybody. In 1620, a small band of pilgrims came to this continent, refugees who had fled persecution1 and violence in their native land. Nearly 400 years later, we remember their part in the American story-and we honor the men and women who helped them in their time of need.
 
Thanksgiving is a day for food and football, and for hoping the turkey didn't turn out too dry. But it's also a day to count our blessings2 and give back to others-a reminder3 that no matter our circumstances, all of us have something to be grateful for. Maybe it's good health, a new addition to the family, or a child taking a next step toward college or a career. Maybe it's a new job, or long overdue4 raise. Maybe it's something as simple, and as important, as the chance to spend time with the people who matter most.
 
Of course, every American can be thankful for the chance to live in a country founded on the belief that all of us are created equal. And as President, I'm thankful that I get to see the best of America every day-the courage of our troops and veterans, the resilience of our families, and the basic goodness of the ordinary people who call this country.
 
On this uniquely American holiday, we also remember that so much of our greatness comes from our generosity5. There's the generosity of Americans who volunteer at food banks and shelters, making sure that no one goes hungry on a day when so many plates are full. There's the generosity of Americans who take part not just in Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but Giving Tuesday-recognizing that in the holiday season, what you give is as important as what you get. 
And I've been touched by the generosity of the Americans who've written me letters and emails in recent weeks, offering to open their homes to refugees fleeing the brutality6 of ISIL.
 
Now, people should remember that no refugee can enter our borders until they undergo the highest security checks of anyone traveling to the United States. That was the case before Paris, and it's the case now. And what happened in Paris hasn't stopped Americans from opening their arms anyway.
 
One woman from Pennsylvania wrote me to say, "Money is tight for us in my household . . . But i have a guest room. I have a pantry full of food. We can do this." Another woman from Florida told me her family's history dates back to the Mayflower-and she said that welcoming others is part of "what it means to be an American."
 
Nearly four centuries after the Mayflower set sail, the world is still full of pilgrims-men and women who want nothing more than the chance for a safer, better future for themselves and their families. What makes America America is that we offer that chance. We turn Lady Liberty's light to the world, and widen our circle of concern to say that all God's children are worthy7 of our compassion8 and care. That's part of what makes this the greatest country on Earth.
 
I hope that you and your family have wonderful Thanksgiving, surrounded by loved ones, and full of joy and gratitude9. And together, may we all play our own small part in the American story, and write a next chapter that future generations can be thankful for.
 
From the Obama family to yours, have a great Thanksgiving.



  
1 persecution     
n. 迫害,烦扰
参考例句:
  • He had fled from France at the time of the persecution. 他在大迫害时期逃离了法国。
  • Their persecution only serves to arouse the opposition of the people. 他们的迫害只激起人民对他们的反抗。


  • 2 blessings     
    n.(上帝的)祝福( blessing的名词复数 );好事;福分;因祸得福
    参考例句:
  • Afflictions are sometimes blessings in disguise. 塞翁失马,焉知非福。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • We don't rely on blessings from Heaven. 我们不靠老天保佑。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》


  • 3 reminder     
    n.提醒物,纪念品;暗示,提示
    参考例句:
  • I have had another reminder from the library.我又收到图书馆的催还单。
  • It always took a final reminder to get her to pay her share of the rent.总是得发给她一份最后催缴通知,她才付应该交的房租。


  • 4 overdue     
    adj.过期的,到期未付的;早该有的,迟到的
    参考例句:
  • The plane is overdue and has been delayed by the bad weather.飞机晚点了,被坏天气耽搁了。
  • The landlady is angry because the rent is overdue.女房东生气了,因为房租过期未付。


  • 5 generosity     
    n.大度,慷慨,慷慨的行为
    参考例句:
  • We should match their generosity with our own.我们应该像他们一样慷慨大方。
  • We adore them for their generosity.我们钦佩他们的慷慨。


  • 6 brutality     
    n.野蛮的行为,残忍,野蛮
    参考例句:
  • The brutality of the crime has appalled the public. 罪行之残暴使公众大为震惊。
  • a general who was infamous for his brutality 因残忍而恶名昭彰的将军


  • 7 worthy     
    adj.(of)值得的,配得上的;有价值的
    参考例句:
  • I did not esteem him to be worthy of trust.我认为他不值得信赖。
  • There occurred nothing that was worthy to be mentioned.没有值得一提的事发生。


  • 8 compassion     
    n.同情,怜悯
    参考例句:
  • He could not help having compassion for the poor creature.他情不自禁地怜悯起那个可怜的人来。
  • Her heart was filled with compassion for the motherless children.她对于没有母亲的孩子们充满了怜悯心。


  • 9 gratitude     
    adj.感激,感谢
    参考例句:
  • I have expressed the depth of my gratitude to him.我向他表示了深切的谢意。
  • She could not help her tears of gratitude rolling down her face.她感激的泪珠禁不住沿着面颊流了下来。



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