뉴욕타임즈 사설: 차기 대통령

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This is one of those moments in history when it is worth pausing to reflect on the basic facts: 역사상 여러 순간들 중에는 그 순간에 관한 기본적인 사실들에 관해 성찰하기 위해 잠시 멈출만한 가치가 있는 순간들이 있다. 지금이 바로 그런 순간에 속한다. An American with the name Barack Hussein Obama, the son of a white woman and a black man he barely knew, raised by his grandparents far outside the stream of American power and wealth, has been elected the 44th president of the United States. 버락 후세인 오바마라는 이름을 가졌으며, 백인 여인과 기억에 별로 남은 것이 없는 흑인 남자의 아들로 태어나, 미국의 권세와 부의 흐름과 동떨어져 있는 조부모 슬하에서 자란 한 미국인이 미국 44대 대통령으로 당선되었다. Showing extraordinary focus and quiet certainty, Mr. Obama swept away one political presumption after another to defeat first Hillary Clinton, who wanted to be president so badly that she lost her bearings, and then John McCain, who forsook his principles for a campaign built on anger and fear. 비상한 집중력과 잔잔한 자신감을 보이면서, 오바마 씨는 정치적 통념을 차례차례 부숴버림으로써 대통령이 되어야겠다는 집념이 너무 강하여 방향감각을 잃은 힐러리 클린턴을 먼저 꺾은 다음 자신이 지켜온 원칙들을 포기하고 분노와 두려움을 바탕으로 삼은 선거운동을 택한 존 매케인도 꺾었다. His triumph was decisive and sweeping, because he saw what is wrong with this country: the utter failure of government to protect its citizens. He offered a government that does not try to solve every problem but will do those things beyond the power of individual citizens: to regulate the economy fairly, keep the air clean and the food safe, ensure that the sick have access to health care, and educate children to compete in a globalized world. 그는 결정적이며 광범위한 승리를 거두었다. 나라가 어떻게 잘못 되어 있는지를 그가 파악하고 있었기 때문이다. 즉 정부가 시민들을 보호하는 데 완전히 실패하고 있었던 것이다. 그는 모든 문제를 다 해결하겠다고 나서는 정부가 아니라 시민 개개인들의 힘으로는 할 수 없는 일들을 하려는 정부를 제안했다. 공정성을 위해 경제를 감독하고, 대기를 깨끗하게 유지하고 음식물의 안전을 유지하며, 병자들이 의료 시술을 반드시 받을 수 있게 하고 글로벌화한 세계에서 경쟁할 수 있도록 청소년들을 교육하는 일들이 그것이다. Mr. Obama spoke candidly of the failure of Republican economic policies that promised to lift all Americans but left so many millions far behind. He committed himself to ending a bloody and pointless war. He promised to restore Americans’ civil liberties and their tattered reputation around the world. With a message of hope and competence, he drew in legions of voters who had been disengaged and voiceless. The scenes Tuesday night of young men and women, black and white, weeping and cheering in Chicago and New York and in Atlanta’s storied Ebenezer Baptist Church were powerful and deeply moving. Mr. Obama inherits a terrible legacy. The nation is embroiled in two wars — one of necessity in Afghanistan and one of folly in Iraq. Mr. Obama’s challenge will be to manage an orderly withdrawal from Iraq without igniting new conflicts so the Pentagon can focus its resources on the real front in the war on terror, Afghanistan. The campaign began with the war as its central focus. By Election Day, Americans were deeply anguished about their futures and the government’s failure to prevent an economic collapse fed by greed and an orgy of deregulation. Mr. Obama will have to move quickly to impose control, coherence, transparency and fairness on the Bush administration’s jumbled bailout plan. His administration will also have to identify all of the ways that Americans’ basic rights and fundamental values have been violated and rein that dark work back in. Climate change is a global threat, and after years of denial and inaction, this country must take the lead on addressing it. The nation must develop new, cleaner energy technologies, to reduce greenhouse gases and its dependence on foreign oil. Mr. Obama also will have to rally sensible people to come up with immigration reform consistent with the values of a nation built by immigrants and refugees. There are many other urgent problems that must be addressed. Tens of millions of Americans lack health insurance, including some of the country’s most vulnerable citizens — children of the working poor. Other Americans can barely pay for their insurance or are in danger of losing it along with their jobs. They must be protected. Mr. Obama will now need the support of all Americans. Mr. McCain made an elegant concession speech Tuesday night in which he called on his followers not just to honor the vote, but to stand behind Mr. Obama. After a nasty, dispiriting campaign, he seemed on that stage to be the senator we long respected for his service to this country and his willingness to compromise. That is a start. The nation’s many challenges are beyond the reach of any one man, or any one political party. (November 5, 2008) (ⓒ 2008 The New York Times) (ⓒ 2008 www.usabriefing.net)
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