克林顿的告别评论 (英文)



  Clinton’s Farewell Remarks

  Text of President Clinton’s farewell remarks Thursday from the Oval Office

  My fellow citizens. Tonight is my last opportunity to speak to you from the Oval Office as your president.

  I am profoundly grateful to you for twice giving me the honor to
serve, to work for you and with you to prepare our nation for the 21st
century. And I’m grateful to Vice President Gore, to my Cabinet
secretaries and to all those who have served with me for the last eight
years.

  This has been a time of dramatic transformation, and you have
risen to every new challenge. You have made our social fabric stronger,
our families healthier and safer, our people more prosperous.

  You, the American people, have made our passage into the global information age an era of great American renewal.

  In all the work I have done as president, every decision I have
made, every executive action I have taken, every bill I have proposed
and signed, I’ve tried to give all Americans the tools and conditions
to build the future of our dreams, in a good society, with a strong
economy, a cleaner environment and a freer, safer, more prosperous
world.

  I have steered my course by our enduring values. Opportunity for
all. Responsibility from all. A community of all Americans. I have
sought to give America a new kind of government: smaller, more modern,
more effective, full of ideas and policies appropriate to this new
time, always putting people first, always focusing on the future.

  Working together, America has done well. Our economy is breaking
records, with more than 22 million new jobs, the lowest unemployment in
30 years, the highest home ownership ever, the longest expansion in
history.

  Our families and communities are stronger. Thirty-five million
Americans have used the family leave law. Eight million have moved off
welfare. Crime is at a 25-year low. Over 10 million Americans receive
more college aid, and more people than ever are going to college. Our
schools are better – higher standards, greater accountability and
larger investments have brought higher test scores and higher
graduation rates.

  More than 3 million children have health insurance now, and more
than 7 million Americans have been lifted out of poverty. Incomes are
rising across the board. Our air and water are cleaner. Our food and
drinking water are safer. And more of our precious land has been
preserved, in the continental United States, than at any time in 100
years.

  America has been a force for peace and prosperity in every corner of the globe.

  I’m very grateful to be able to turn over the reins of leadership
to a new president, with America in such a strong position to meet the
challenges of the future.

  Tonight, I want to leave you with three thoughts about our future.
First, America must maintain our record of fiscal responsibility.
Through our last four budgets, we’ve turned record deficits to record
surpluses, and we’ve been able to pay down $600 billion of our national
debt, on track to be debt-free by the end of the decade for the first
time since 1835.

  Staying on that course will bring lower interest rates, greater
prosperity and the opportunity to meet our big challenges. If we choose
wisely, we can pay down the debt, deal with the retirement of the baby
boomers, invest more in our future and provide tax relief.

  Second, because the world is more connected every day in every
way, America’s security and prosperity require us to continue to lead
in the world. At this remarkable moment in history, more people live in
freedom that ever before. Our alliances are stronger than ever. People
all around the world look to America to be a force for peace and
prosperity, freedom and security. The global economy is giving more of
our own people, and billions around the world, the chance to work and
live and raise their families with dignity.

  But the forces of integration that have created these good
opportunities also make us more subject to global forces of
destruction, to terrorism, organized crime and narcotrafficking, the
spread of deadly weapons and disease, the degradation of the global
environment.

  The expansion of trade hasn’t fully closed the gap between those
of us who live on the cutting edge of the global economy and the
billions around the world who live on the knife’s edge of survival.

  This global gap requires more than compassion. It requires action.
Global poverty is a powder keg that could be ignited by our
indifference.

  In his first inaugural address, Thomas Jefferson warned of
entangling alliances. But in our times, America cannot and must not
disentangle itself from the world. If we want the world to embody our
shared values, then we must assume a shared responsibility.

  If the wars of the 20th century, especially the recent ones in
Kosovo and Bosnia, have taught us anything, it is that we achieve our
aims by defending our values and leading the forces of freedom and
peace. We must embrace boldly and resolutely that duty to lead, to
stand with our allies in word and deed, and to put a human face on the
global economy so that expanded trade benefits all people in all
nations, lifting lives and hopes all across the world.

  Third, we must remember that America cannot lead in the world
unless here at home we weave the threads of our coat of many colors
into the fabric of one America. As we become ever more diverse, we must
work harder to unite around our common values and our common humanity.

  We must work harder to overcome our differences. In our hearts and
in our laws, we must treat all our people with fairness and dignity,
regardless of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation and
regardless of when they arrived in our country, always moving toward
the more perfect union of our founders’ dreams.

  Hillary, Chelsea and I join all Americans in wishing our very best
to the next president, George W. Bush, to his family and his
administration in meeting these challenges and in leading freedom’s
march in this new century.

  As for me, I’ll leave the presidency more idealistic, more full of
hope than the day I arrived and more confident than ever that America’s
best days lie ahead.

  My days in this office are nearly through, but my days of service,
I hope, are not. In the years ahead, I will never hold a position
higher or a covenant more sacred than that of president of the United
States. But there is no title I will wear more proudly than that of
citizen.

  Thank you. God bless you, and God bless America.


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