奥巴马演讲

奥巴马在2014年白宫圣诞树点灯仪式上发表讲话

时间:2014-12-06 09:23:32  作者:奥巴马(Obama)  来源:奥巴马演讲  查看:429  评论:1
内容摘要:当地时间4日晚,美国总统奥巴马在华盛顿点亮圣诞树,为全美的圣诞假日季拉开序幕。奥巴马称,国家圣诞树是“希望和节日精神的象征”。他同时还呼吁美国人铭记在海外服役的美军成员,以及他们的家人。今年已经是这一仪式第92年举行了。这一传统是由美国前总统卡尔文 ·柯立芝于1923年启动的。

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Merry Christmas, everybody!  (Applause.)  We saw this party going on out back and we thought we’d join you.

I want to thank Secretary Jewell for not only the introduction but for all that you and everybody who is part of the Interior Department and the Park Service do to protect the magnificent outdoors for our children and for future generations.  And I want to thank Jonathan Jarvis, Dan Wenk, and everybody at the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation for putting on this special event each and every holiday season.

I want everybody to give it up for our charming Christmas hosts tonight, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson.  (Applause.)  We have so enjoyed the incredible performers, including the one and only Patti LaBelle.  (Applause.)  And, finally, thanks to all of you who are here and watching at home for joining us to celebrate this wonderful holiday tradition.

Back in 1923, school kids here in Washington wrote a letter to the White House asking if they could put a Christmas tree on the South Lawn.  And more than 90 years and a few different evergreens later -- (laughter) -- the National Christmas Tree still stands as a symbol of hope and holiday spirit, and we still gather as a country each year to light it.

We still have school kids involved, too.  But this year, they’ve given all the state and territory trees surrounding the National Christmas Tree their first digital upgrade.  Young women from all 50 states used their computers -- using their coding skills to control the colors and patterns of the lights on the trees.  (Applause.)  So thanks to those wonderful students.  It is incredibly impressive.  It’s actually one of the few things that Tom Hanks cannot do.  (Laughter.)

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