Obama's Weekly Address

WEEKLY ADDRESS: The Honor of Serving You as President


源 稿 窗
在文章中双击或划词查词典
字号 +
字号 -
 折叠显示 
 全文显示 
Remarks of President Barack Obama as Delivered
Weekly Address
The White House
January 14, 2017

This week, I traveled to Chicago to deliver my final farewell address to the nation, following in the tradition of Presidents before me. It was an opportunity to say thank you. Whether we’ve seen eye-to-eye or rarely agreed at all, my conversations with you, the American people – in living rooms and schools; at farms and on factory floors; at diners and on distant military outposts – are what have kept me honest, kept me inspired, and kept me going. Every day, I learned from you. You made me a better President, and you made me a better man.

Over the course of these eight years, I have seen the goodness, the resilience, and the hope of the American people. I’ve seen neighbors looking out for each other as we rescued our economy from the worst crisis of our lifetimes. I’ve hugged cancer survivors who finally know the security of affordable health care. I’ve seen communities like Joplin rebuild from disaster, and cities like Boston show the world that no terrorist will ever break the American spirit.

I’ve seen the hopeful faces of young graduates and our newest military officers. I’ve mourned with grieving families searching for answers, and found grace in a Charleston church. I’ve seen our scientists help a paralyzed man regain his sense of touch, and our wounded warriors walk again. I’ve seen our doctors and volunteers rebuild after earthquakes and stop pandemics in their tracks. I’ve learned from students who are building robots and curing diseases and who will change the world in ways we can’t even imagine. I’ve seen the youngest of children remind us of our obligations to care for our refugees, to work in peace, and above all to look out for each other.

That’s what’s possible when we come together in the hard, slow, sometimes frustrating, but always vital work of self-government. But we can’t take our democracy for granted. All of us, regardless of party, should throw ourselves into the work of citizenship. Not just when there’s an election, not just when our own narrow interest is at stake, but over the full span of a lifetime. If you’re tired of arguing with strangers on the internet, try to talk with one in real life. If something needs fixing, lace up your shoes and do some organizing. If you’re disappointed by your elected officials, then grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself.

Our success depends on our participation, regardless of which way the pendulum of power swings. It falls on each of us to be guardians of our democracy; to embrace the joyous task we’ve been given to continually try to improve this great nation of ours. Because for all our outward differences, we all share the same proud title: Citizen.

It has been the honor of my life to serve you as President. Eight years later, I am even more optimistic about our country’s promise. And I look forward to working along your side, as a citizen, for all my days that remain.

Thanks, everybody. God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.

###


  • 中央环保督察组移交第五批群众举报件81件 2018-11-19
  • 租赁平台上线 租房服务改善 2018-11-18
  • 坚守岗位守护绿城美丽与整洁 2018-11-18
  • 阶级是“楼梯”吗?别瞎扯了。 2018-11-17
  • 盘锦光合蟹业有限公司董事长李晓东获第十二届人民企业社会责任奖年度人物奖 2018-11-17
  • 社会民生--北京频道--人民网 2018-11-16
  • 回复@看着就想笑:同时,市场不具有配置全局性长期性战略性资源的功能。 2018-11-15
  • 你的第一段就认识错误。中国人如果认为神赐就能有幸福,就不会有后羿射日精卫填海愚公移山的故事了。中华文明世界观推导出的方法论就是八个字,事在人为,人定胜天。 2018-11-14
  • 第524期:有了脂肪肝,膳食营养要从这五方面调整 2018-11-14
  • 对轰!谁怕谁!冰岛世界杯首球仅用时22分钟 2018-11-12
  • 东道主21战不败 俄罗斯或取8战首胜 2018-11-12
  • 青春逐梦向阳之路 平台引擎加速成长 2018-11-11
  • 王一彪:人民网将以更大的力量和热情投身公益慈善事业 2018-11-11
  • 巴厘岛被爆众多海域垃圾成灾 潜水常被塑料瓶塑料袋包围 2018-11-10
  • 成绩复查是如何进行的? 2018-11-10
  • 29| 344| 123| 593| 480| 931| 966| 223| 882| 561|