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希拉里:化不可能为可能(1)
2003年12月22日16:53:04 空中美语 


  (1)
  Making the Impossible Possible
  希拉里:化不可能为可能

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  Making her way through the excited crowd in the bookstore, the confident blonde woman is surrounded by a group of admirers. Dressed in a yellow suit and pearls, she signs copies of her book-but she is more than just a well-known author. She is Hillary Rodham Clinton, former first lady, and now a U. S. senator for New York.

  No other American first lady has gone on to her own career in politics. However, Hillary Clinton was never a typical first lady. Not content to stand on the sidelines during her husband's two terms as president, Hillary earned a reputation as a political powerhouse. From organizing a national healthcare initiative, to fighting for the rights of disadvantaged families, Hillary Clinton worked tirelessly for social justice.

  Hillary's willingness to solve difficult issues had a negative side, too. Because she was actively involved in administration business, her husband's political opponents often criticized her. But, in keeping with her personality, Hillary Clinton kept her head held high in the face of this criticism.

  一位充满自信的金发女子被一群仰慕者团团包围,正设法穿越书店里兴奋的群众。她身着鹅黄色套装,佩戴珍珠首饰,正在举办签名售书会--但她可不仅仅只是位名作家。她是希拉里·罗德汉·克林顿,前任美国第一夫人,现任纽约州参议员。

  美国从未有过第一夫人走上属于自己的从政之路。然而,希拉里·克林顿从来就不是个典型的第一夫人。在她丈夫的两届总统任期内,希拉里并不甘于袖手旁观,并因此赢得了政坛女强人的称号。从推动全民医疗方案,到为弱势家庭争取权益,希拉里·克林顿不遗余力地伸张社会正义。

  希拉里执意解决棘手议题的态度却也引发了负面评价。由于她积极参与内阁事务,她丈夫的政敌经常批评她。但希拉里依然故我,总是昂首挺胸,不顾旁人的批评。

  Vocabulary


  1. surround v. to be positioned all around sb./sth. 围绕;环绕

  The fence that surrounds Jamie's house keeps his dog in the yard.


  2. former adj. previous 前任的;先前的

  Paula does not like her former boss because he talks too much.


  3. term n. a limited period of time during which sth. lasts 任期;期限

  The fall school term ends just before Christmas.


  4. administration n. the managing department of a government, business or organization 管理部门;行政部门

  The school's administration has decided to hire Dr. Ping as the new principal.


  5. criticize v. to judge harshly 批评

  The coach was criticized for replacing the player during the game.


  6. in the face of sth. confronted with sth.; in spite of sth. 面临;不顾……

  The firefighters continued to search for survivors in the face of the incredible danger.


  More Information
  1. on the sidelines idiom 旁观;置身事外

  2. powerhouse n. 有影响力的人;精力充沛的人(原意为发电厂)

  3. national healthcare initiative n. 全民医疗方案(希拉里针对美国医疗制度所提出的改善方案)

  4. disadvantaged adj. 弱势的;贫困的


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