|2003年12月22日16:53:04 空中美语 |
Making the Impossible Possible
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.
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.
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