奥巴马讲话 庆祝美国非裔博物馆开幕
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Hi everybody. This weekend, we'll dedicate the newest American icon1 on our National Mall - the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
 
It's a beautiful building, five stories high and some 70 feet below the ground, situated2 just across the street from the Washington Monument. And this museum tells a story of America that hasn't always taken a front seat in our national narrative3.
 
As a people, we've rightfully passed on the tales of the giants who built this country. But too often, willful or not, we've chosen to gloss4 over or ignore entirely5 the experience of millions upon millions of others. But this museum chooses to tell a fuller story. It's doesn't gauze up some bygone era or avoid uncomfortable truths. Rather, it embraces the patriotic6 recognition that America is a constant work in progress; that each successive generation can look upon our imperfections and decide that it is within our collective power to align7 this nation with the high ideals of our founding.
 
That's what you'll see inside.  You'll see it in the shackles8 of an enslaved child and in the hope of Harriet Tubman's gospel hymnal. You'll see it in the tragedy of Emmett Till's coffin9 and in the resilience of a lunch counter stool and in the triumph of a Tuskegee Airplane. You'll see it in the shadow of a prison guard tower and in the defiance10 of Jesse Owens' cleats and in the American pride of Colin Powell's uniform.
 
All of that isn't simply the African-American story; it's part of the American story. And so it is entirely fitting that we tell this story on our National Mall, the same place we tell the stories of Washington and Jefferson and our independence; the story of Lincoln who saved our union and the GIs who defended it; the story of King who summoned us all toward the mountaintop.
That's what we'll celebrate not just this weekend, but in the years and generations ahead - a fuller account of our glorious American story.
 
It's a chance to reflect on our past and set a course for the future. Because here in this country, all of us, no matter what our station in life, have the chance to pick up the pen, and write our own chapter for our time.
 
Thanks everybody, and have a great weekend.


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1 icon JbxxB     
n.偶像,崇拜的对象,画像
参考例句:
  1. They found an icon in the monastery.他们在修道院中发现了一个圣像。
  2. Click on this icon to align or justify text.点击这个图标使文本排齐。
2 situated JiYzBH     
adj.坐落在...的,处于某种境地的
参考例句:
  1. The village is situated at the margin of a forest.村子位于森林的边缘。
  2. She is awkwardly situated.她的处境困难。
3 narrative CFmxS     
n.叙述,故事;adj.叙事的,故事体的
参考例句:
  1. He was a writer of great narrative power.他是一位颇有记述能力的作家。
  2. Neither author was very strong on narrative.两个作者都不是很善于讲故事。
4 gloss gloss     
n.光泽,光滑;虚饰;注释;vt.加光泽于;掩饰
参考例句:
  1. John tried in vain to gloss over his faults.约翰极力想掩饰自己的缺点,但是没有用。
  2. She rubbed up the silver plates to a high gloss.她把银盘擦得很亮。
5 entirely entirely     
ad.全部地,完整地;完全地,彻底地
参考例句:
  1. The fire was entirely caused by their neglect of duty. 那场火灾完全是由于他们失职而引起的。
  2. His life was entirely given up to the educational work. 他的一生统统献给了教育工作。
6 patriotic T3Izu     
adj.爱国的,有爱国心的
参考例句:
  1. His speech was full of patriotic sentiments.他的演说充满了爱国之情。
  2. The old man is a patriotic overseas Chinese.这位老人是一位爱国华侨。
7 align fKeyZ     
vt.使成一线,结盟,调节;vi.成一线,结盟
参考例句:
  1. Align the ruler and the middle of the paper.使尺子与纸张的中部成一条直线。
  2. There are signs that the prime minister is aligning himself with the liberals.有迹象表明首相正在与自由党人结盟。
8 shackles 91740de5ccb43237ed452a2a2676e023     
手铐( shackle的名词复数 ); 脚镣; 束缚; 羁绊
参考例句:
  1. a country struggling to free itself from the shackles of colonialism 为摆脱殖民主义的枷锁而斗争的国家
  2. The cars of the train are coupled together by shackles. 火车的车厢是用钩链连接起来的。
9 coffin XWRy7     
n.棺材,灵柩
参考例句:
  1. When one's coffin is covered,all discussion about him can be settled.盖棺论定。
  2. The coffin was placed in the grave.那口棺材已安放到坟墓里去了。
10 defiance RmSzx     
n.挑战,挑衅,蔑视,违抗
参考例句:
  1. He climbed the ladder in defiance of the warning.他无视警告爬上了那架梯子。
  2. He slammed the door in a spirit of defiance.他以挑衅性的态度把门砰地一下关上。
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