Discurs de presa de posessió d'Obama - Washington, 20.01.2009

El penjo a l'In varietate concordia perquè crec que és important. Mentre els EUA siguin la primera potència mundial, les decisions del govern d'aquell país ens continuaran afectant a tots: americans, europeus, asiatics... negres, blancs o grocs... a tots. Per això cal conèixer les línies generals del pensament del successor de l'imbècil d'en Bush.
Aquí teniu el discurs íntegre de Barack Obama. Podeu escoltar-lo i, al mateix temps, anar llegint el que va dient. Cas que no tingueu interès a fer-ho des d'un punt de vista polític, preneu-vos-ho com un bon exercici per practicar l'anglès :-)
Obama inauguration speech - Washington, 01.20.2009
It is important to know what any president of the US thinks, considering that any of his decisions will have a consequence all over the world. Just think of all the things jerk-Bush did within the past 8 years.
This is why I am posting the speech Obama offered in Washington on Tuesday, as he came into office and thus started a new period in the US and world politics. It is highly recommended.
Obamas Rede zum Amtsantritt - Washington, 20.01.2009
Vorausgesetz, dass die USA das mächtigste Land der Welt ist, die Entscheidungen Präsident Obama trifft, überall Folgen haben werden. Deshalb ist es wichtig zu wissen, was der Präsident der Vereinigte Staaten denkt. Und deswegen veroffentliche ich Heute zwei Videos, mit der Rede Obamas vom letzten Dienstag, als er Amt übernahm.
Wenn ihr an Politik nicht interessiert seid, damit gibt es zumindest die Möglichkeit, englisch zu üben (die Texten mit der Rede sind unten).


Discurs / Speech / Rede:
My fellow citizens:
I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.
Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often, the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forebearers, and true to our founding documents.
So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.
That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.
These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land - a nagging fear that America's decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.
Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America: They will be met.
On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.
On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.
We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.
In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the fainthearted - for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things - some celebrated, but more often men and women obscure in their labor - who have carried us up the long, rugged path toward prosperity and freedom.
For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.
For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.
For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn.
Time and again, these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.
This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions - that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.
For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act - not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.
Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions - who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.
What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them - that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works - whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account - to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day - because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.
Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control - and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart - not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.
As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: Know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort - even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet. We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.
For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus - and nonbelievers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.
To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West: Know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.
To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world's resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.
As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment - a moment that will define a generation - it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.
For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter's courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent's willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.
Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends - hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism - these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility - a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world; duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.
This is the price and the promise of citizenship.
This is the source of our confidence - the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.
This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed - why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent Mall, and why a man whose father less than 60 years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.
So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America's birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:
"Let it be told to the future world ... that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive... that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet [it]."
America. In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested, we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back, nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

23 comentaris:

ddriver ha dit...


Rita ha dit...

El tinc pendent de llegir encara, però des de la teva òptica de periodista, no ens en faràs 5 cèntims? Va home! :-)

Dani R. ha dit...

no m'imagino a cap altre lider polític de cap altre nació fent aquest discurs creïble.

Kostas ha dit...

Com tu dius Ferran, volguem o no tot el que es mogui en aquell país ens afecta d'una manera o un altre. Esperem que amb el nou presi canviiin les coses de debó.

Edu ha dit...

El vaig escoltar en directe, però anirà bé tornar-lo a escoltar-llegir.

Gràcies per penjar-lo!

rits ha dit...

Gràcies per penjar-lo!

Un discurs que ens pot inspirar a tots, doncs encara que parli d'USA hi ha molt per tothom tan a nivell polític, social i personal.

Ferran ha dit...

Working on it, ddriver, working on it!

Rita, si aquest vespre tinc temps, prometo fer cas del teu suggeriment. Breu, en aquest apartat de comentaris, però ho faré!

Dani em passa el mateix. Suposo que, en part, estem predisposats a "creure'ns" Obama; en qualsevol cas, la música del que diu sona molt bé.

Kostas tan de bò!

Edu, Rits no hi ha de què :) A disfrutar-lo!

Mikel ha dit...

m'ha vingut al cap la canço , living in America!!
Una mica mundos de Yuppi

Edurne ha dit...

Me disculaprá usted que no ande muy puesta en discursos presidenciales, sinceramente, me aburren! Es todo tan boniiiito, tan bucólicoooo que... me parece poco creíble, aunque, bueno, hay que dejarle al hombre, ya que es su comienzo y todo el mundo tiene tanta fe y tanta ilusión puesta en él...!

Y es que, por otro lado, hoy ando como queriendo coger algo que no es mío (léase "maldita gripe"), y como no soy nada partidaria... pues que no quiero darle más vueltas la pelota, que ya me pesa lo suyo ya...

Hala, pues, petons y volveré cuando ya haya aprendido a decir eso de: "El presidente Obama" tal y cual...!

Jesús M. Tibau ha dit...

sigui com sigui, sens dubte un moment històric

Trina Milan ha dit...

Gràcies Ferran, és un document per a la història...salut

Josep Lluís ha dit...

Crec que no era exactament el discurs que molts esperàvem carregat de retòtica en molts moments però, avui ha signat el tancament de Guantánamo y el fi de les tortures. Aquest és realment el discurs que jo volia...

Se que no serà ni fàcil ni ràpid, tot i això segueixo donant un vot de confiança.

Assumpta ha dit...

M'apunto al suggeriment de la Rita jejeje

T'has compintxat amb la Helen? (la meva English teacher)

Una forta abraçada!!!

Ferran ha dit...

A sota, el meu punt de vista sobre el discurs:

Mikel dedueixo que el discurs no t'ha impressionat gaire :-)

Estimada Edurne, disculpada estáis, ante la falta de interés por tan magno discurso. Más aún, espero que seais capaz de derrotar la gripe que os ronda. Saludos! :)

Ho és, Jesús i Trina, ho és...

Josep Lluís l'ordre de tancament de Guantánamo serà, espero, la primera de moltes mesures trencadores. Amén.

No m'hi he compintxat, Assumpta, I promise!

I aquí, el meu punt de vista sobre el discurs:

En diferenciaria dues parts: la dirigida al consum intern i la que fa referència a la situació general, al món. La primera no m'interessa especialment, perquè no visc als EUA. Tot i això, que Obama fes referència al sistema de salut és important: a la primera potència mundial, milers de persones moren per manca de tractaments mèdics adequats, simplement perquè no tenen diners per pagar-se'ls. Ahir mateix, justament, ho veia en un reportatge per televisió.
La resta del discurs dedicada al consum intern, com dic, no em crida l'atenció especialment.

Em va semblar interessant que Obama es referís a la crisi econòmica, que és la crisi del capitalisme ("..., a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some"), però al mateix temps vaig trobar a faltar que no pronunciés la paraula "capitalisme" com l'origen de la crisi, i tampoc no fes cap referència a la imperiosa necessitat de modificar-ne les regles del joc.

M'agrada especialment la referència a uns EUA multireligiosos ("We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus - and nonbelievers"). Això són els EUA... i això és el món, i no està de més que el president de la primera potència ho proclami alt i clar. Em sembla molt important, de fet, perquè la religió (el "mal ús" de la religió, de fet) és la causa (encara avui dia!) de greus conflictes.

Finalment, no em van agradar coses com "our nation is at war", més que res perquè sona a republicà i a la necessitat de justificar certes mesures en nom de la pau (!).

El discurs, en definitiva, és molt interessant. Val a dir, però, que és el primer discurs d'investidura d'un president americà que m'escolto. Segurament el més interessant fora conèixer què van dir altres presidents en el seu discurs, per veure quant trencador va ser Obama.

Si l'heu escoltat o us l'heu llegit, quina impressió us va fer?

Sergi ha dit...

Només fer referència que m'ha interessat més llegir el teu resum que tot el discurs sencer.
D'aquest discurs he llegit el darrer paràgraf al piano i queda prou bé... Cantem plegats:

Let it be said
by our children's children
that when we were tested,
we refused to let this journey end

that we did not turn back,
nor did we falter;
and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us,
we carried forth
that great gift of freedom
and delivered it safely
to future generations...

(Chorus afegit per un servidor de manera modesta)

We are the world,
we are the children...
(repeat x 4)

Cheers pal!

ddriver ha dit...

per fi algu parla dels nonbelivers i no com heretges

Assumpta ha dit...

Doncs no puc més que donar-te les gràcies pel teu petit però interessant resum, Ferran :-)

Precisament aquesta tarda (a dos quarts de sis) tinc classe d'anglès, però ja no li preguntaré a la Helen i s'havia compintxat amb tu perquè tu ja dius que no jeje

Bromes a part, trobo que ja era hora que els EUA es prenguessin una mica seriosament el tema de l'assistència sanitaria. Em quedo bocabadada quan a les pelis veig tot el tema de les assegurances privades i penso que "ÉS REAL"!!

Pel que respecta al demés, estic d'acord amb tot el que dius (el reconeixement de la multireligiositat i la necessitat de saber conviure en pau, etc.)

I no puc més que acomiadar-me amb unes paraules que l'altre dia em varen portar els Reis: Una abraçada, amic blocaire!! :-))

Edurne ha dit...

Bueno, le estoy dando caña a este amago gripal así que por aquí me ando, haciéndome la loca y echándole el alto en plan Gila ("Alguien ha matado a alguien..." Genial Gila!)

He leído tu comentario y estoy de acuerdo contigo, la primera parte no nos llega demasié, pero es importante saber que quiere cambiar algo para mejorar la vida de sus conciudadanos, de los más desfavorecidos.

Me ha hecho especial ilusión saber que el presidente Obama ha firmado, al segundo día de su nuevo estado, la orden de cerrar Guantánamo y su frase, contundente de: "En Estados Unidos ya no se tortura!" porque es un reconocimiento al nefasto gobierno de su antecesor, donde los Derechos Humanos han sido contínuamente pisoteados y despreciados.
Bueno, por algo se empieza, sí, a ver si ahora puede seguir impactando a propios y ajenos con estos golpes de efecto real, a ver!

Como habrás podido observar, ya he aprendido a decir: "el presidente Obama"... Ja!

Petons! ;)

Sadurní Vergés ha dit...

Espectacular discurs. En destacaria molts fragments. M'agrada quan diu: "To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West: Know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy". I bé, m'encanta que també inclogui els "nonbelievers" entre la seva gent.


Ferran ha dit...

Hahaha!! Sergi ets lo peor: mai parles seriosament, tu?? :-))

ddriver em fan tanta por els que tracten els nonbelievers d'heretges, com els que tracten els believers de radicals.

Assumpta som bastant de la mateixa corda, vos i jo :-))

Edurne lo de Guantánamo clamaba al cielo; estupendo que el presidente Obama ;-) haya empezado mandato con esta medida. Bien por él.
Espero que en tu particular batalla contra el amago gripal, resultes vencedora... a pesar del ciclón. ¡¡Cógete a un árbol!! :-)

És veritat, Sadurní, la que menciones també és una referència important. Tot plegat és força il·lusionant, sobretot després dels 8 anys del malson Bush!

Salut a tots!

Assumpta ha dit...

Jajaja m'ha fet gràcia això de "vos", sempre ho he trobat tan català i educat :-)

Quin vent, eh?... uffff

Xavier ha dit...

Per mi també es el primer discurs que escolto d’un president de EEUU en la seva presa de possessió. Amb 53 anys no m’ha interessat el discurs de cap dels anteriors o no estava per escoltar-los.
El vaig trobar( el discurs) prou curt per no cansar, prou entenedor per que el pogués entendre tothom i per suposat per que arribes també a entendre’l la classe política. I els i entres ben finet per las orelles.
Va ser just amb tots, amb la mesura apropiada per no ferir sensibilitats i evitar d’aquesta manera irritacions( a la fina pell de mes d’un ) de moment innecessàries.
No amb va semblar que deixes caure masses promeses i en canvi si que va apostar i va recordar que la feina s’ha de fer entre tots. Va obrir el braços a la generositat del ser humà blanc, negre, groc, etc. Aposta per totes les creences, i les dona com ver rebudes i ven trobades, sempre que el respecte existeixi entre les diferents formes de pensar i viure.
Crec que va deixar portes i finestres obertes per la cohesió de totes les cultures.
La política m’interessa el just, tan sols com “usuari” (igual que la informàtica), el Sr. Barak Obama m’agrada, i tal com dius tu, m’entres els EEUU siguin on son i qui son, aquets president també es una mica el nostre.

salutacions Ferran

el teu espai es fabulos.

Ferran ha dit...

Vos ho heu dit, Assumpta: vent, molt de vent! ;-)

Gràcies per deixar la teva opinió, Xavier, i per la "floreta" sobre l'In varietate :-)
Pel que fa a Obama, tan de bò sigui capaç d'aportar noves idees i solucions a problemes que semblen enquistats, en l'economia, la política, l'àmbit social... Tan de bò!