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Afterword  II

(2009-12-31 18:34:42)
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Now Obama had to face Republican candidate John McCain in the general election. McCain had chosen Alaska governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. McCain’s choice made waves. Opponents claimed that his choice showed poor judgment and that Palin, who had little national and international political experience, was unqualified. But Palin’s grassroots message and charisma captured public attention and much media coverage. She was a rousing speaker, garnering crowd support for McCain along the campaign trail.

现在,奥巴马面临全国大选中共和党候选人约翰麦凯恩的挑战。麦凯恩选了阿拉斯加州州长莎拉佩林作为他的竞选搭档。麦凯恩的选择引起了争议。反对者声称他的选择显示了差劲的判断力,而佩林,几乎没有国内和国际政治经历,是不合格的竞选搭档。但是佩林的基层信息和个人魅力捕获了公众的关注和很多媒体的报道。她是个活跃的发言人,竞选活动中一直极力支持麦凯恩。

 

Three presidential debates, held on September 26, October 7, and October 15, did not seem to yield an obvious winner. Both parties felt their candidate had articulated their platform. In the polls, Obama seemed to have a clear lead over McCain, especially in key states such as Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

分别在九月二十六日,十月七日和十月十五日举行的三场总统候选人的辩论赛似乎没有决出明显的赢家。两个党派都觉得他们的候选人阐明了他们的立场。在民意调查中,奥巴马似乎清楚的领先于麦凯恩,尤其是在几个关键的州,像佛罗里达州,俄亥俄州和宾夕法尼亚州。

 

In late October, Obama took time from his campaign to visit his ailing grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, in Hawaii. Although some people criticized his decision, others admired Obama for showing love and devotion to the woman who had helped raise him.

十月下旬,奥巴马从竞选活动中抽出时间去夏威夷看望他生病的外祖母,马德琳邓纳姆。尽管有些人批评他的决定,但是其他人都赞赏他的做法,这表明了他对抚养他的外祖母的爱与奉献。

 

A candidate must receive at least 270 electoral votes out of 538 votes to be declared the winner. On November 4, as the polls began to close after 7P.M. and the votes were counted, Obama emerged as the winner! In the final election results, Obama won 349 electoral votes, McCain won 162, and 27 were undecided. Obama would become the forty-fourth president of the United States, the country’s first African-American president.

候选人必须从538个选举团收到至少270份投票才能宣布获胜。十一月四日,随着投票开始并在下午七点钟结束,投票统计结果显示奥巴马是获胜者!最终的选举结果是,奥巴马赢得了349票,麦凯恩赢得162票,27票持有人犹疑不决。奥巴马将成为第四十四任美国总统,国家第一位非洲裔美国总统。

 

McCain made his concession speech from Phoenix, Arizona, after calling Obama to congratulate him on his win. Crowds had been assembling in Chicago’s Grant Park, where Obama was set to spend election day. By midnight, and estimated 240,000 people had gathered together to hear President-elect Barack Hussein Obama deliver his victory speech. It would be a historic moment in American history.

给奥巴马打过电话祝贺他获胜之后,麦凯恩在亚利桑那州菲尼克斯凤凰城发表了特别演说。人们已经聚集在芝加哥格兰特公园,在那里奥巴马将度过他的选举日。午夜时分,大约24万人们集中在那里听新当选的总统巴拉克侯赛因奥巴马发表他的获胜感言。这将是美国历史上一个具有重大历史意义的时刻。

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