奥巴马演讲

奥巴马正式提名卡特为国防部长并发表讲话

时间:2014-12-06 09:11:46  作者:奥巴马(Obama)  来源:奥巴马演讲  查看:25  评论:0
内容摘要:美东时间星期五上午,奥巴马正式提名阿什顿·卡特(Ashton Carter )为新一任国防部长,接任上个月24号辞职的前国防部长哈格尔。奥巴马在白宫的记者会上表示:卡特是个革新者,他对国防部了如指掌,是最杰出的国家安全领袖,而且卡特已随时准备好上任。

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Good morning, everybody.  Please have a seat.  It is wonderful to be able to announce not the creation, but at least the filling of one new job.  (Laughter.)  But before we do, I wanted to make a somewhat broader statement about the economy.  And Ash is willing to indulge me.
 
Last month, America's businesses created more than 300,000 jobs.  This keeps a pace so far this year that we have not seen since the 1990s.  So far this year, over the first 11 months of 2014, our economy has created 2.65 million jobs.  That’s more than in any entire year since the 1990s.  Our businesses have now created 10.9 million jobs over the past 57 months in a row.  And that’s the longest streak of private sector job growth on record.  
 
We also know that the pickup in the pace of job growth this year has been in industries with higher wages.  And overall, wages are rising -- a very welcome sign for millions of Americans.  So we've got an opportunity to keep up this progress if Congress is willing to keep our government open, avoid self-inflicted wounds, and work together to invest in the things that support faster job growth in high-paying jobs.  That means exports, infrastructure, streamlining our tax code, immigration reform, giving minimum wage workers a raise.
 
It’s been a long road to recovery from the worst economic crisis in generations, and we still have a lot more work to do to make sure that hardworking Americans' wages are growing faster.  But the United States continues to outpace most of the world.  Over the last four years, we’ve put more people back to work than Europe, Japan, and all other industrialized advanced countries combined.  And we’re going to keep at it until every single American who is willing and able to work can find not just any job, but a job that pays a decent wage and allows them to support their families.
 
But it's worth us every once in a while reflecting on the fact that the American economy is making real progress.  And if we can continue in this trajectory, if we can continue to grow robustly, and if we make sure that those companies who are seeing profits -- they’re probably higher than any time in the last 60 years -- that they’re also making sure that their workers are sharing in that growth, then we can get a virtuous cycle that's really going to make a difference and be a critical component of strengthening our national security, because national security starts with a strong economy here at home.
   
Now, I know that some people think that I announce Cabinet positions on fake Twitter accounts.  (Laughter.)  This is not the case.  
 
A year ago, when Ash Carter completed his tenure as Deputy Secretary of Defense, Secretary Hagel took to the podium in Ash’s farewell ceremony and looked out at the audience of our civilian and military leaders, and he said, “I’ve known Ash Carter for many years.  All of us here today have benefited from Ash’s hard work, his friendship, from his inspiration, and from his leadership.”  And Chuck then went on to express his gratitude to his partner for “what Ash has done for this country and will continue to do in many ways.”  Couldn’t have said it better myself.

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