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2003年CCTV杯全国英语演讲大赛(7) 美国经典英文演讲100篇总统演讲布莱尔首相演讲美国总统布什演讲快报 200809/48733Or that we stopped to ask if a sick child had gotten better, and stayed a moment there to trade a word of friendship?或者是我们自己停下来自问一声:当一个生病的孩子已经好转,我们会稍停片刻同他友好地交谈几句吗?No President, no government, can teach us to remember what is best in what we are.任何总统、任何政府都不能教导我们应记住什么东西对我们是最好的。But if the man you have chosen to lead this government can help make a difference;但是,你们推选出来领导这个政府的人,如果能够发挥一定的作用,if he can celebrate the quieter, deeper successes that are made not of gold and silk, but of better hearts and finer souls; if he can do these things, then he must.如果他会赞美那些不是由金银而是由更美好的心灵构成的平静而深刻的成功,如果他能做到这些事情,那他就应当去做。America is never wholly herself unless she is engaged in high moral principle.美国若不奉行崇高的道德准则,就永远无法实现自身的完善。We as a people have such a purpose today.今天,我们作为一个民族,就具有这样一个目标。It is to make kinder the face of the Nation and gentler the face of the world. My friends, we have work to do.这个目标旨在使我们国家的面貌变得更加仁厚善良, 使这个世界的面貌变得更加温文尔雅。我的朋友们,我们有许多事情要做。There are the homeless, lost and roaming. There are the children who have nothing, no love, no normalcy.有些人无家可归,已经迷失方向,正在四处徘徊。有些孩子失去了一切,既没有亲人之爱,也无法享有正常的生活。There are those who cannot free themselves of enslavement to whatever addiction—drugs, welfare, the demoralization that rules the slums.有些人则无法摆脱各种个人癖好的奴役,他们沉溺于吸毒、依赖救济为生,或沾染上各种肆虐于贫民窟的堕落习气。There is crime to be conquered, the rough crime of the streets.有不少犯罪行为有待于制压,譬如那些大街上的粗暴罪行。There are young women to be helped who are about to become mothers of children they cant care for and might not love.还有一些年轻的妇女需要帮助,她们就要做母亲了,但对自己将要出生的孩子不是无法照顾,就是可能不会加以爱护。They need our care, our guidance, and our education, though we bless them for choosing life.他们需要我们去关心,去引导,去进行教育,尽管我们衷心祝福他们选择合适的生活。The old solution, the old way, was to think that public money alone could end these problems.过去的解决办法和过去的途径,是片面相信政府的公共开即可消除这些问题。But we have learned that is not so. And in any case, our funds are low. We have a deficit to bring down.但我们已经了解到,情况并非如此。而且不论怎样说,我们的资金总是有限的。我们还要削减赤字。We have more will than wallet; but will is what we need.我们的愿望总是超过我们钱袋的付能力,而愿望又正是我们所需要的东西。We will make the hard choices, looking at what we have and perhaps allocating it differently, making our decisions based on honest need and prudent safety.我们要做出艰难的决择,对我们拥有的东西细加盘算,或许还要进行重新配置, 使我们的决策立足于真正的需要和审慎的安全之上。And then we will do the wisest thing of all: We will turn to the only resource we have that in times of need always grows the goodness and the courage of the American people.于是我们要做一件最为明智的事情,那就是求助于美国人民的善良品质和无畏勇气,这乃是我们所拥有的、在需要之时能够不断增长的唯一资源。I am speaking of a new engagement in the lives of others, a new activism, hands on and involved, that gets the job done.我现在倡导重新关心他人的生活,倡导一种新的积极行动精神,大家动手,全力 投入,以期大功告成。03/438055

This morning we kicked off the White House Tribal Nations Conference, a gathering that is a testament to President Obama's respect for the inherent sovereignty of Indian nations and determination to honor the Nation's commitments to American Indian and Alaska Native communities.President Obama is hosting the conference here at the Department of the Interior - the second he has convened since taking office - and delivered keynote remarks to leaders of the 565 federally recognized tribes in the ed States. Members of the President's cabinet and other high-ranking Administration officials will be participating in a series of breakout sessions with tribal leaders, discussing a wide range of social, economic and political challenges facing Indian Country. It is rare that so many of us are in one place at the same time and it speaks to President Obama's high-level engagement with and commitment to Indian Country.Download Video: mp4 (143MB) | mp3 (9MB) 201012/121297

President Bush Discusses Legislative AgendaTHE PRESIDENT: The 4th of July is fast approaching, and Democratic leaders in Congress have scheduled another recess. Americans are concerned that Congress may leave town with a lot of important business that hasnt been completed.Before they leave, the Congress needs to pass an emergency war funding bill, so that our troops on the frontlines have the tools they need to protect themselves and us. The House passed a good bill, and now the Senate needs to act. Before they leave, Congress needs to give our intelligence professionals the tools they need to act quickly and effectively to monitor foreign terrorist communications so we can stop any new attack. The House passed a good, very good bipartisan bill, and the Senate needs to act.Before they leave, the Senate needs to make progress on the enormous backlog of nominations that theyve held up. Many of these nominations are for vital positions affecting our courts, our economy, our public safety, and our national security. Every day that these nominees are delayed makes it harder for the government to meet its responsibilities, and the Senate needs to act right away.Now, when they come back, when they get off their recess, the Democratic Congress needs to act on critical issues that theyve failed to address. One such issue is housing legislation. The Congress needs to come together and pass responsible housing legislation to help more Americans keep their homes.Another area of concern for the American citizens is the price of gasoline. And one way to relieve the price of gasoline is to expand domestic production of crude oil here at home. The Congress failed to act on this measure, and they got to when they come back.And finally, the Congress needs to act when it comes to the Colombia free trade agreement. This is a good deal for our economy. It will help our economy grow and to strong -- support our friend and ally in the neighborhood, Colombia.Im -- I asked the Democratic leaders to make the last two days before their recess productive. I, of course, wish the members to have a great 4th of July week, and Im looking forward to working with them to address critical issues facing our nation when they return.Thank you.200806/43052

  President Obama: "Never Again Will the American Taxpayer be Held Hostage by a Bank that is 'Too Big to Fail'"This morning the President proposed what he called "the Volcker Rule," named after one of the fiercest advocates for financial reform over the past year, and who has been particularly focused on addressing the issue of banks being "too big to fail." He also proposed addressing one of the clearest issues leading to the financial crisis of the past years, namely banks that stray wildly from their core mission: serving their customer. Having met with Paul Volcker this morning, and having last week proposed new fees on Wall Street to ensure the taxpayers get their money back, the President came with a direct message for banks that might object to these changes: Download Video: mp4 (166MB) | mp3 (8MB) 201001/95205

  This basic law of interdependence, so manifest in the commerce of peace, applies with thousand-fold intensity in the event of war.这种相互依存的基本法则,在和平时期的贸易中即已表现得甚为明显,而一旦运用于战争时期,它就会呈现出千百倍的重要性。So we are persuaded by necessity and by belief that the strength of all free peoples lies in unity; their danger, in discord.因此,需要和信念使我们坚信,对所有自由的民族来说,团结就是力量,分裂便会带来危险。To produce this unity, to meet the challenge of our time, destiny has laid upon our country the responsibility of the free worlds leadership.为了实现这种团结,为了应付时代向我们发出的挑战,命运已把领导自由世界的重任赋予我们美国。So it is proper that we assure our friends once again that, in the discharge of this responsibility,我们应该再次向我们的朋友们保,在承担这一领导责任时我们美国人懂得,we Americans know and we observe the difference between world leadership and imperialism; between firmness and truculence;世界领导与帝国主义之间存在着区别,意志坚定与蛮横无理并不是一回事,between a thoughtfully calculated goal and spasmodic reaction to the stimulus of emergencies.经过深思熟虑而确定的目标也不同于在紧急情况刺激下出现的痉挛性反应。我们决不会逾越这些差别。We wish our friends the world over to know this above all: we face the threat我们希望我们在世界各地的朋友尤其要懂得,我们的确面对着威胁,not with d and confusion—but with confidence and conviction.但我们并不畏惧,也不惊慌失措,而是信心十足和镇定自若。We feel this moral strength because we know that we are not helpless prisoners of history.我们之所以感受到这种道德的力量,是因为我们知道自己不是听任历史摆布的囚徒,We are free men. We shall remain free, never to be proven guilty of the one capital offense against freedom, a lack of stanch faith.而是自由的人。我们要永远保持自由,决不能缺乏坚定的信念,从而对自由犯下滔天大罪。In pleading our just cause before the bar of history and in pressing our labor for world peace, we shall be guided by certain fixed principles.我们在历史法庭为正义事业声辩时,在为维护世界和平而操劳时,必须遵循某些确定不变的原则。These principles are: one Abhorring war as a chosen way to balk the purposes of those who threaten us,这些原则是一、我们憎恶选择战争方式来挫败那些威胁我们的人们所抱的种种企图,we hold it to be the first task of statesmanship to develop the strength that will deter the forces of aggression and promote the conditions of peace.我们认为发展有助于遏制侵略势力和促进和平局面的力量,乃是国家领导人的首要任务。For, as it must be the supreme purpose of all free men, so it must be the dedication of their leaders, to save humanity from preying upon itself.因为使人类避免自相残杀,应当成为一切自由人士的最高目标,故其领导人也必须为此而献身。In the light of this principle, we stand y to engage with any and all others in joint effort to remove the causes of mutual fear and distrust among nations,根据这个原则,我们已经做好准备愿与其他各国共同努力,以消除国与国之间相互恐俱和互不信任的根源,so as to make possible drastic reduction of armaments.从而使大规模裁减军备成为可能。The sole requisites for undertaking such effort are that—in their purpose进行这种努力的必要条件是,they be aimed logically and honestly toward secure peace for all; and that—in their result在目标上要理所当然而又真心诚意地确保全人类的和平,they provide methods by which every participating nation will prove good faith in carrying out its pledge.在结果上则应该提供一些措施,借以保各个参与国都能信守自己的誓言。02/437499。

  At your age, in spite of a distinct lack of motivation at university, where I had spent far too long in the coffee bar writing stories, and far too little time at lectures, I had a knack for passing examinations, and that, for years, had been the measure of success in my life and that of my peers.I am not dull enough to suppose that because you are young, gifted and well-educated, you have never known hardship or heartbreak. Talent and intelligence never yet inoculated anyone against the caprice of the Fates, and I do not for a moment suppose that everyone here has enjoyed an existence of unruffled privilege and contentment.However, the fact that you are graduating from Harvard suggests that you are not very well-acquainted with failure. You might be driven by a fear of failure quite as much as a desire for success. Indeed, your conception of failure might not be too far from the average person's idea of success, so high have you aly flown academically.Ultimately, we all have to decide for ourselves what constitutes failure, but the world is quite eager to give you a set of criteria if you let it. So I think it fair to say that by any conventional measure, a mere seven years after my graduation day, I had failed on an epic scale. An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded, and I was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless. The fears my parents had had for me, and that I had had for myself, had both come to pass, and by every usual standard, I was the biggest failure I knew.Now, I am not going to stand here and tell you that failure is fun. That period of my life was a dark one, and I had no idea that there was going to be what the press has since represented as a kind of fairy tale resolution. I had no idea how far the tunnel extended, and for a long time, any light at the end of it was a hope rather than a reality.So why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had aly been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.07/79318

  President Obama discusses the urgency of Democrats and Republicans coming together to take a balanced approach to cutting the deficit to strengthen our economy and secure our future.201107/145748My address will follow the classical sonata form of commencement addresses. The first movement, just presented, were light-hearted remarks. This next movement consists of unsolicited advice, which is rarely valued, seldom remembered, never followed. As Oscar Wilde said, “The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.”So, here comes the advice.毕业典礼演讲都遵循古典奏鸣曲的结构,我的演讲也不例外。刚才是第一乐章——轻快的闲谈。接下来的第二乐章是送上门的忠告。这样的忠告很少被重视,几乎注定被忘记,永远不会被实践。但是,就像奥斯卡·王尔德说的:“对于忠告,你听能做的,就是把它送给别人,因为它对你没有任何用处。”所以,下面是我的忠告。 First, every time you celebrate an achievement, be thankful to those who made it possible. Thank your parents and friends who supported you, thank your professors who were inspirational, and especially thank the other professors whose less-than-brilliant lectures forced you to teach yourself. Going forward, the ability to teach yourself is the hallmark of a great liberal arts education and will be the key to your success. To your fellow students who have added immeasurably to your education during those late night discussions, hug them. Also, of course, thank Harvard. Should you forget, theres an alumni association to remind you.第一,每次庆祝你取得成就的时候,不要忘记所有助你一臂之力的人。要感谢你的父母和持你的朋友,要感谢那些启发过你的教授,尤其是要感谢那些演讲拙劣的教授,因为他们迫使你自学。从长远看,自学能力是优秀的文科教育中必不可少的,将成为你成功的关键。你还要去拥抱你的同学,感谢他们同你进行过的许多次彻夜长谈,这为你的教育带来了无法衡量的价值。当然,你还要感谢哈佛大学。不过即使你忘了这一点,校友会也会来提醒你。 Second, in your future life, cultivate a generous spirit. In all negotiations, don’t bargain for the last, little advantage. Leave the change on the table. In your collaborations, always remember that “credit” is not a conserved quantity. In a successful collaboration, everybody gets 90 percent of the credit.第二,在你们未来的人生中,做一个慷慨大方的人。在任何谈判中,都把最后一点点利益留给对方,不要把桌上的钱都拿走。在合作中,不要把荣誉留给自己。成功合作的任何一方,都应获得全部荣誉的90%。 /201206/188024With eight days until our nation faces an unprecedented financial crisis, the President addressed the nation on the consequences the stalemate in Congress could have on the stability of our economy. Download Video: mp4 (141MB) | mp3 (14MB) 201107/146067

  eU^63YbX;L85S!^K0w+CpmDw5C-lf0maHNow every American has a right to disagree with the President of the ed States and to express publicly that disagreement. But the President of the ed States has a right to communicate directly with the people who elected him, and the people of this country have the right to make up their own minds and form their own opinions about a Presidential address without having a President s words and thoughts characterized through the prejudices of hostile critics before they can even be digested.When Winston Churchill rallied public opinion to stay the course against Hitlers Germany, he didnt have to contend with a gaggle of commentators raising doubts about whether he was ing public opinion right, or whether Britain had the stamina to see the war through. When President Kennedy rallied the nation in the Cuban missile crisis, his address to the people was not chewed over by a roundtable of critics who disparaged the course of action hed asked America to follow.-BeL#;u(G[y6_;II3~FjpFQLxb;fTz1UfsICi+5,0P5aRYc201202/171025REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENTAFTER ECONOMIC DAILY BRIEFINGCabinet Room11:57 A.M. EDTTHE PRESIDENT: Well, good morning. As all of you know, we have been busy on a whole host of fronts over the last several weeks, with the primary purpose of stabilizing the financial system so banks are lending again, so that the secondary markets are working again, in order to make sure that families can get basic consumer loans, auto loans, student loans; that small businesses are able to finance themselves and we can start getting this economy moving again.As I've said before, there are a number of legs in the stool in the economic recovery. Step one is making sure that we had a stimulus package that was robust enough to fill the huge gap in demand that was created by the recession. Step two was making sure that we had a effective homeowners' plan to try to keep people in their homes and to stabilize the housing market. Because of the work that's aly been done, you are starting to see glimmers of hope in the housing market that stabilization may be taking place. Mortgage rates are at a very, very low level, and you're starting to see some activity in the housing market.We then took a series of steps to improve liquidity in what had been secondary markets that had been completely frozen. And we are now seeing activity in student loans and auto loans. We announced last week a small-business initiative that ensures that we have more activity and you start seeing small businesses being able to get credit again in order to sell products and services and make payroll.And this morning, Secretary Geithner announced the latest element in this multi-pronged approach, and that is a mechanism that he, in close consultation with the Federal Reserve and the FDIC, has initiated in order to allow banks to take some of their bad assets off their books, sell them into a market, but do so in a way that doesn't just obligate taxpayers to buy at whatever price they're willing to sell these assets; instead, involves a public-private partnership that allows market participants who have every interest in making a profit to accurately price these assets so that the taxpayers share in the upside as well as the downside.And we believe that this is one more element that is going to be absolutely critical in getting credit flowing again. It's not going to happen overnight. There's still great fragility in the financial systems. But we think that we are moving in the right direction. And we are very confident that, in coordination with the Federal Reserve and the FDIC, other relevant institutions, that we are going to be able to not only start unlocking these credit markets, but we're also going to be in a position to design the regulatory authorities that are necessary to prevent this kind of systemic crisis from happening again.And I'm looking forward to traveling to the G20 so that we ensure that the activities that we're doing here in the ed States are effectively matched with comparable action in other countries. And Secretary Geithner has aly traveled and met with the finance ministers of the G20 states so that we can make sure that we're all moving on the same page.So the good news is that we have one more critical element in our recovery. But we've still got a long way to go, and we've got a lot of work to do. But I'm very confident that, with the team that we've got assembled, we're going to be able to make it happen.All right. Thank you guys.Q Can you offer any assurances to taxpayers who are skeptical?THE PRESIDENT: You know, I'll have a full press conference tomorrow night, and you guys are going to be able to go at it.Thank you, guys.END 12:01 P.M. EDT03/65274

  Weekly Address: Working Together on the EconomyAhead of the elections, the President says no matter what happens both parties must work together to boost the economy, and expresses concern about statements to the contrary from Republican Leaders.Download Video: mp4 (107MB) | mp3 (3MB) 201010/116891

  THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. I just had a briefing by my national security team on the latest updates -- on the latest developments in Georgia. And there is some progress to report.First of all, I want to thank Secretary of State Rice for her trip, and thank you for coming back here to Crawford to give me a firsthand briefing.She went to Tbilisi, met with President Saakashvili and his team. And during that time, the President signed the six-point peace plan negotiated by President Sarkozy on behalf of the European Union. President Medvedev of Russia has now signed on to the terms of this agreement. And that's an important development; it's a hopeful step.Now Russia needs to honor the agreement and withdraw its forces, and of course end military operations.Secretary Rice will soon travel to Brussels, where she will meet with the foreign ministers of our NATO allies and EU officials to continue to rally the free world in the defense of a free Georgia.This morning also was briefed by Secretary Gates on the U.S. military's humanitarian mission to help the Georgian people recover from the trauma they have suffered. In recent days, military flights have landed in Georgia to provide relief supplies, and more will be arriving in the days ahead.A major issue is Russia's contention that the regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia may not be a part of Georgia's future. But these regions are a part of Georgia, and the international community has repeatedly made clear that they will remain so. Georgia is a member of the ed Nations, and South Ossetia and Abkhazia lie within its internationally recognized borders. Georgia's borders should command the same respect as every other nation's.There's no room for debate on this matter. The ed Nations Security Council has adopted numerous resolutions concerning Georgia. These resolutions are based on the premise that South Ossetia and Abkhazia remain within the borders of Georgia and that their underlying conflicts will be resolved through international negotiations. These resolutions are based on the premise that South Ossetia and Abkhazia are to be considered a part of the Georgian territory, and to the extent there's conflicts they will be resolved peacefully.These resolutions reaffirm Georgia's sovereignty and independence and territorial integrity. Russia itself has endorsed these resolutions. The international community is clear that South Ossetia and Abkhazia are part of Georgia, and the ed States fully recognizes this reality.We will continue to stand behind Georgia's democracy; we will continue to insist that Georgia's sovereignty and independence and territorial integrity be respected.Thank you very much.200808/46184。

  Transcript by the Prime Minister and Taoiseach for Internet broadcast on Northern Ireland, 20/04/00 Prime Minister I want to talk today about a subject on which I've probably spent almost as much time as anything else since I became Prime Minister - the efforts to find a fair and lasting peace for Northern Ireland. I am also delighted that the Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, who is sitting with me here in Downing Street, has agreed to join me on this week's webcast. It is, I suppose, a practical recognition of how closely our two Governments have worked together ever since the peace process started. Certainly I've worked more closely with the Taoiseach and spent far more time with him than I have with any other Prime Minister as we try to play our part in delivering a peaceful and prosperous future for all the people of Northern Ireland. Of course, we are not there yet. But, on the second anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, it's important to remember the real progress that has been made. It's progress which has made a real and practical difference in many different ways aly to the lives of the people of Northern Ireland. Yes, there are still unacceptable acts of violence but the overall level of violence is as low as many people can remember. For the first time in 30 years, there are no regular soldiers stationed on the streets of Belfast The city, largely freed of the threat of violence and terrorism, is as vibrant as any in Europe. There's a real sense of optimism about Northern Ireland's economic prospects. And there's been progress, too, on human rights and tackling inequality and discrimination. Not for the first time, of course, in this process we have real problems to overcome. But we should not forget what the progress made means to the people of Northern Ireland. And it's why, when people say that the Good Friday Agreement is over, they have got it badly wrong. For it's only through the full implementation of the Agreement that we can deliver the peace that people want. No-one from the very beginning of this process has put forward a realistic alternative. The agreement remains the only show in town. And there's something else that strikes you when you spend time speaking to people in Northern Ireland as I did earlier this week. An antidote, in a way, to the widesp cynicism about politics in so many parts of the world. Across Northern Ireland and in both communities, there was a real welcome for the Executive and the Assembly, a real joy, a real sense of achievement and ownership. It was not just pride or the fact that people in Northern Ireland have more control over their own lives. They saw it as a symbol of the better future they want for themselves and their families. It was, I can assure you, with the greatest reluctance that we took the decision to suspend the Assembly and the Executive. But I can also promise you that we want to restore these institutions and implement the rest of the Good Friday Agreement as quickly as possible. And I believe it can be done. It won't be easy. It will need patience and courage. The central questions - on government, on decommissioning - are clear. We are working flat out to find the answers. And I believe there remains a real commitment to find a solution because we've come too far to fail. After my discussions in Northern Ireland earlier this week, I believe the lasting peace which is the overwhelming desire of the people of Northern Ireland remains within our grasp. I can promise that we will keep working to ensure this opportunity for peace and prosperity - the best for a generation - is not wasted. It is now my pleasure to ask the Taoiseach, the Irish Prime Minister to address you. Taoiseach Thank you very much Prime Minister. It's my pleasure and honour to join with you in this week's Webcast and to say a few words on this the second anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement - the most important Agreement that has happened and a historic achievement in relations between Britain and Ireland since the Treaty 80 years ago. I believe that we, during that week of two years ago, got the balance right and the institutions were working extremely well, responding to the real needs of real people. All sides were beginning to reach out to each other. Tragically therefore the institutions are in suspension. Above all else, the Prime Minister and myself and all of the Parties are determined to put them back in place at the earliest possible date. It's our highest priority to do that. We believe that the institutions are working for Loyalists and Republicans, for Unionists and Nationalists and can make Northern Ireland prosperous. The economic prosperity in the North is beginning to grow. Peace is at its strongest ever. Violence thankfully has practically stopped in all its respects. And if we can continue to renew our collective commitment to the Good Friday Agreement we can restore the institutions and bring forward the implementation of all the Agreements and all its aspects. I agree fully with the Prime Minister that on issues of human rights, on equality, of the implementation of many parts of the Agreement, that it's worked extraordinarily well. We are seeing peaceful cooperation between communities. We are seeing greater cooperation North and South and in the period that the north south bodies were operating, we saw the prosperity of the islands moving forward. And what is true of our excellent economic relations holds good for cooperation in sports and politics, in culture and social life. I am proud of the quality of the relationships between Ireland and Britain that's been built up by Tony Blair and I over the last two years. And I wanted to publicly acknowledge the role which everybody plays to do that and particularly what the British Government have done. I believe that strong Anglo-Irish relations are a great source to our country and I am determined to make them stronger in every way moving forward. The relations between Ireland and Britain on the economic front have never been better. And the level of economic inter-dependence between us has never been greater. And for all of these reasons, and the fact that our people are now again travelling across the sea - an enormous part of tourism and an enormous part of investment, last year 3.4 million people visited Ireland from Britain, this new relationship which we have built up together can be completed and we can see the Good Friday Agreement in all its respects in an inclusive way with all of the parties working together successfully implemented. I look forward on the other side of the Easter break to continuing this work with the British Prime Minister and thank him for the enormous amount of involvement and commitment and dedication he's given to it over the last three years. 200705/13316

  President Bush Presents Medal of Honor to Private First Class Ross Andrew McGinnis THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Welcome to the White House.A week ago on Memorial Day, the flag of the ed States flew in half-staff in tribute to those who fell in service to our country. Today we pay special homage to one of those heroes: Private First Class Ross Andrew McGinnis of the U.S. Army. Private McGinnis died in a combat zone in Iraq on December the 4th, 2006 -- and for his heroism that day, he now receives the Medal of Honor. In a few moments, the military aide will the citation, and the Medal will be accepted by Rosss mom and dad, Romayne and Tom. Its a privilege to have with us as well Becky and Katie, Rosss sisters.I also want to thank the other distinguished guests who have joined us: Mr. Vice President; Secretary Jim Peake of Veterans Affairs; Secretary Pete Geren of the Army; Secretary Michael Wynne of the Air Force; General Jim "Hoss" Cartwright, the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. I appreciate other members of the administration for joining us.I want to thank members of the ed States Congress who have joined us today: Steve Buyer, John Peterson, Louie Gohmert. Thank you all for coming. I appreciate the Chaplain for the prayer. We welcome friends and family members of Ross, as well as members of the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry, including Charlie Company, thats with us today.Were also joined by Private McGinniss vehicle crew -- the very men who witnessed his incredible bravery. We welcome Sergeant First Class Cedric Thomas, Staff Sergeant Ian Newland, Sergeant Lyle Buehler, and Specialist Sean Lawson.A special welcome to the prior recipients of the Medal of Honor, whose presence here is -- means a lot to the McGinnis family. Thank you for coming.The Medal of Honor is the nations highest military distinction. Its given for valor beyond anything that duty could require, or a superior could command. By long tradition, its presented by the President. For any President, doing so is a high privilege.Before he entered our countrys history, Ross McGinnis came of age in the town of Knox, Pennsylvania. Back home they remember a slender boy with a big heart and a carefree spirit. He was a regular guy. He loved playing basketball. He loved working on cars. He wasnt too wild about schoolwork. (Laughter.) He had a lot of friends and a great sense of humor. In high school and in the Army, Ross became known for his ability to do impersonations. A buddy from boot camp said that Ross was the only man there who could make the drill sergeant laugh. (Laughter.)Most of all, those who knew Ross McGinnis recall him as a dependable friend and a really good guy. If Ross was your buddy and you needed help or you got in trouble, hed stick with you and be the one you could count on. One of his friends told a reporter that Ross was the type "who would do anything for anybody." That element of his character was to make all the difference when Ross McGinnis became a soldier in the Army. One afternoon 18 months ago, Private McGinnis was part of a humvee patrol in a neighborhood of Baghdad. From his position in the gun turret, he noticed a grenade thrown directly at the vehicle. In an instant, the grenade dropped through the gunners hatch. He shouted a warning to the four men inside. Confined in that tiny space, the soldiers had no chance of escaping the explosion. Private McGinnis could have easily jumped from the humvee and saved himself. Instead he dropped inside, put himself against the grenade, and absorbed the blast with his own body.By that split-second decision, Private McGinnis lost his own life, and he saved his comrades. One of them was Platoon Sergeant Cedric Thomas, who said this: "He had time to jump out of the truck. He chose not to. Hes a hero. He was just an awesome guy." For his actions, Private McGinnis received the Silver Star, a posthumous promotion in rank, and a swift nomination for the Medal of Honor. But it wasnt acclaim or credit that motivated him. Rosss dad has said, "I know medals never crossed his mind. He was always about friendships and relationships. He just took that to the ultimate this time."When Ross McGinnis was in kindergarten, the teacher asked him to draw a picture of what he wanted to be when he grew up. He drew a soldier. Today our nation recognizing -- recognizes him as a soldier, and more than that -- because he did far more than his duty. In the words of one of our commanding generals, "Four men are alive because this soldier embodied our Army values and gave his life."The day will come when the mission he served has been completed and the fighting is over, and freedom and security have prevailed. America will never forget those who came forward to bear the battle. America will always honor the name of this brave soldier who gave all for his country, and was taken to rest at age 19.No one outside this mans family can know the true weight of their loss. But in words spoken long ago, we are told how to measure the kind of devotion that Ross McGinnis showed on his last day: "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." Gospel also gives this assurance: "Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted." May the deep respect of our whole nation be a comfort to the family of this fallen soldier. May God always watch over the country he served, and keep us ever grateful for the life of Ross Andrew McGinnis.And now Id like to invite Mr. and Mrs. McGinnis to please come forward for the presentation, and the military aide will the citation for the Medal of Honor.The citation is : The President of the ed States of America, authorized by act of Congress, March 3rd, 1863, has awarded in the name of Congress the Medal of Honor to Private First Class Ross A. McGinnis, ed States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Private First Class Ross A. McGinnis distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an M2 .50-caliber Machine Gunner, 1st Platoon, C Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, in connection with combat operations against an armed enemy in Adhamiyah, Northeast Baghdad, Iraq, on 4 December 2006.That afternoon his platoon was conducting combat control operations in an effort to reduce and control sectarian violence in the area. While Private McGinnis was manning the M2 .50-caliber Machine Gun, a fragmentation grenade thrown by an insurgent fell through the gunners hatch into the vehicle. Reacting quickly, he yelled "grenade," allowing all four members of his crew to prepare for the grenades blast. Then, rather than leaping from the gunners hatch to safety, Private McGinnis made the courageous decision to protect his crew. In a selfless act of bravery, in which he was mortally wounded, Private McGinnis covered the live grenade, pinning it between his body and the vehicle and absorbing most of the explosion.Private McGinnis gallant action directly saved four men from certain serious injury or death. Private First Class McGinnis extraordinary heroism and selflessness at the cost of his own life, above and beyond the call of duty, are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the ed States Army.(The Medal of Honor is presented.) (Applause.)200806/41925

  THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. At the stroke of midnight tonight, a vital intelligence law that is helping protect our nation will expire. Congress had the power to prevent this from happening, but chose not to. The Senate passed a good bill that would have given our intelligence professionals the tools they need to keep us safe. But leaders in the House of Representatives blocked a House vote on the Senate bill, and then left on a 10-day recess. Some congressional leaders claim that this will not affect our security. They are wrong. Because Congress failed to act, it will be harder for our government to keep you safe from terrorist attack. At midnight, the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence will be stripped of their power to authorize new surveillance against terrorist threats abroad. This means that as terrorists change their tactics to avoid our surveillance, we may not have the tools we need to continue tracking them -- and we may lose a vital lead that could prevent an attack on America. In addition, Congress has put intelligence activities at risk even when the terrorists don't change tactics. By failing to act, Congress has created a question about whether private sector companies who assist in our efforts to defend you from the terrorists could be sued for doing the right thing. Now, these companies will be increasingly reluctant to provide this vital cooperation, because of their uncertainty about the law and fear of being sued by class-action trial lawyers. For six months, I urged Congress to take action to ensure this dangerous situation did not come to pass. I even signed a two-week extension of the existing law, because members of Congress said they would use that time to work out their differences. The Senate used this time productively -- and passed a good bill with a strong, bipartisan super-majority of 68 votes. Republicans and Democrats came together on legislation to ensure that we could effectively monitor those seeking to harm our people. And they voted to provide fair and just liability protection for companies that assisted in efforts to protect America after the attacks of 9/11. The Senate sent this bill to the House for its approval. It was clear that if given a vote, the bill would have passed the House with a bipartisan majority. I made every effort to work with the House to secure passage of this law. I even offered to delay my trip to Africa if we could come together and enact a good bill. But House leaders refused to let the bill come to a vote. Instead, the House held partisan votes that do nothing to keep our country safer. House leaders chose politics over protecting the country -- and our country is at greater risk as a result. House leaders have no excuse for this failure. They knew all along that this deadline was approaching, because they set it themselves. My administration will take every step within our power to minimize the damage caused by the House's irresponsible behavior. Yet it is still urgent that Congress act. The Senate has shown the way by approving a good, bipartisan bill. The House must pass that bill as soon as they return to Washington from their latest recess. At this moment, somewhere in the world, terrorists are planning a new attack on America. And Congress has no higher responsibility than ensuring we have the tools to stop them. Thank you for listening. END 200806/40923

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