奥巴马演讲

奥巴马在联邦雇员高级领导人会议上发表讲话

时间:2014-12-11 10:03:25  作者:奥巴马(Obama)  来源:奥巴马演讲  查看:59  评论:0
内容摘要:Download mp4 (665MB) | mp3 (17MB)Remarks by the President to Senior Leaders of the Federal WorkforceThank you.  Thank you so much, ever...

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Remarks by the President to Senior Leaders of the Federal Workforce

Thank you.  Thank you so much, everybody.  Thank you very much.  Everybody, have a seat, have a seat.  (Applause.)  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Well, thank you for that introduction, Elliott, and your service.  Thanks to all of my members of the Cabinet who are here today.  And welcome, everybody who is here, as well as joining us online.

My message here is simple:  Thank you.  I’d like to come bearing raises and perks.  (Laughter.)  But I can’t.  (Laughter.)  But what I can do is tell you how important you are not just to me, but to the country.

Many of you do what you do at extraordinary sacrifice.  You could work at a lot of places.  You made a decision at some point in your life to serve your country -- your country is stronger because you made that decision.  You keep America running -- our airports, our embassies, our financial system.  You take care of our troops and their families.  You do it without fanfare -– in fact, doing your job right often means nobody hears about you.  (Laughter.)  They only report when something goes wrong, or when there’s a shutdown and suddenly somebody notices -- oh, we need that and nobody is doing it.  (Laughter.)

And in recent years, it’s gotten more challenging for so many of you.  You work under tough circumstances, whether it’s sequestration, pay freeze, shutdown, and, more importantly, a political climate where folks too often talk down government for cheap applause.  (Applause.)   

So my main message is, thank you.  But part of my message today also is to recognize that we do have an issue that we’ve got to address, and that is, Americans don’t trust government like we used to.  Part of that is a very deliberate strategy of trying to undermine government.  Part of it is political opportunism.  But part of it is our need to constantly adapt to the demands of the 21st century.

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