1 complicated indeed
It's hard enough for any of us to understand this election. Imagine trying to explain it to someone from a foreign country.
"Hello. Hey Edwardo! Good to hear from you. Yeah, well it's sort of hard to explain our system for electing a president. Of course we get to choose the candidates. Well we don't actually choose them, the two political parties choose them. At least a few of the leaders of the political parties choose them. And then we all vote. True. We don't all vote. That's right, half of us vote. Well if you want to be technical, fewer than half. Yes. Who got the most votes of all? Well, it doesn't really matter. The loser got 328,000 more votes than the man who seems to have won. Well, it's the 1)Electoral College. I'll explain the Electoral College to you so you understand it some other time - just as soon as I understand it. No, your son couldn't get into the electoral college no matter how good his marks are. It isn't like Harvard. Who are these two candidates? Well, one has been Vice President for eight years. He worked very closely with our President. Yes, the same President but don't be unpleasant, Edwardo. No reason to bring that up. He made some mistakes when he was young. Yes. OK, OK. So he wasn't young, he was 52. She was young. Yeah, you heard right. The president's wife is going to be the Senator from New York State. No, she isn't. You're right again. She's from Arkansas. Well the Governor of Texas says he's the winner, because the Secretary of State of Florida, which his brother is Governor of, declared that he got several hundred more votes out of 6 million. Yeah, you're right. The father of both governors was President of theUnited States. But please don't call it a dynasty, Edwardo. Edwardo, I want to watch the news now. Al Gore is coming on television to say that George W. Bush isn't the new President but he is. Now look, that's it, Edwardo. I'm not taking any more of this from you. America is a great republic. I don't ever want to hear the word 2)banana again!¡±
2 every detail counts
Too close to call? Ladies and gentlemen, let's be serious here. It's not rocket science. All you have to do is take a look at the candidates' teeth or the candidates' height.
Come on the tallest candidate, with the exception of Jimmy Carter, has always won the White House. Advantage? Gore.
As for teeth, the candidate with the straightest, wins the election. A poll of dentists in California gave Gore the advantage there.
But wait, the Washington Redskins lost their last home game before tomorrow's election. That means the party in power will lose the White House. Advantage? Bush.
When the Los Angeles Lakers win an NBA championship, Republicans win the White House. Advantage? Bush.
At Winchell Donut Shops in California, Gore donuts are 3)outselling Bushes. Advantage? Gore.
But Bush Halloween masks apparently outsold Gore's. Advantage? Bush.
Well, maybe there is a little more science involved in all this predicting stuff than originally thought. So, let's check the 4)BPM factory.
Here we go, blinks per minute. Since 1960, the candidate who blinked the most during presidential debates lost. A Boston College psychology professor says he counted the blinks in all three Bush-Gore debates. Advantage? Gore.
But how does that 5)jive with thefact Family Circle Magazine chose Laura Bush's chocolate 6)chip cookies over Tipper Gore's 7)ginger 8)snaps. Advantage? Bush.
And a poll of kindergarten through 9)12th grade children in Weekly Reader Magazine chose Bush in a 10)landslide over the Vice President. But the stock market is doing well. Advantage? Gore.
11)Hemlines are down. Advantage? Bush.
A 12)straw vote, literally a straw vote, at general cinema theaters across the country shows Gore with the advantage.
OK, listen, there's only one way to settle this issue once and for all. That's right. A 13)psychic will certainly know the 14)outcome. Now, the answer we've been searching for -
Psychic: This is the kind of victory having, well there he is, having the 15)laurel leaf and he's on his horse and he's victorious. So, if I had to just put it in a 16)nutshell, it's looking like...
Wait, on second thought, I don't want to be the one to ruin it for you.
3 dividend we stand
(Nov. 15, 2000)
Gore: There is a simple reason that Florida law and the law in many other states calls for a careful check by real people of the machine results in elections like this one. The reason? Machines can sometimes 17)misread or fail to detect the way 18)ballots are cast. And when there are serious doubts, checking the machine count with a careful hand count is accepted 19)far and wide as the best way to know the true intentions of the voters.
(Nov. 15, 2000)
Bush: Each time these voting cards are handled, the potential for errors 20)multiplies. Additional 21)manual counts of votes that have been counted and recounted will make the process less accurate, not more so.
(Nov. 26, 2000)
22)Katherine Harris: On behalf of the state election's canvassing commission, and 23)in accordance with the laws of the state of Florida, I hereby declare Governor George W. Bush the winner of Florida's 25 electoral votes for the President of the United States.
(Nov. 26, 2000)
Joe Lieberman: This evening, the Secretary of State of Florida has decided to certify what by any reasonable standard is an incomplete and inaccurate count of the votes cast in the state of Florida.
(Dec. 13, 2000)
Bush: The election was close, but tonight after a count, a recount and yet another manual recount, Secretary Chency and I are honored and humbled to have won the state of Florida, which gives us the needed electoral votes to win the election. We will therefore undertake the responsibility of preparing to serve as America's next President and Vice President.
(Dec. 13, 2000)
Gore: Now the US Supreme Court has spoken. Let there be no doubt, while I strongly disagree with the court's decision, I accept it. I accept the 24)finality of this outcome, which will be 25)ratified next Monday in the electoral college. And tonight for the sake of our unity as a people and the strength of our democracy, I offer my 26)concession.
4 a lost soul
Gore: On January 20th, if the person standing up before the Capitol taking the 27)oath of office is George Bush and not me, he will be sworn in as my President too. And I will spare no efforts in saying to people who supported me, let's not have any talk about stealing the election. Let's not question the 28)legitimacy of the election.
Interviewer: No matter how that comes about?
Gore: That is correct.
Interviewer: No but you didn't get your count?
Gore: That is correct. And for one simple reason - the nation's interest has to come first. And I hope that Governor Bush will make the same pledge.
Interviewer: You're sitting here. They call this house where we are the 29)bunker.
Gore: Who, who, who does?
Interviewer: Oh, everybody.
Gore: Oh, come on.
Interviewer: Come on, everybody. You're 30)wrapped up in this. That you want to present this picture to the public that everything is OK and it's a great 31)civics lesson. I mean, you're, you have to be angry. You have to be angry at what's happening. I mean you do think you've won the election, don't you?
Gore: Uh, I think I do. I think that a majority of the people in Florida who went to the polls intended to support Joe Lieberman and me. And I think there...
Interviewer: Well, what, is there no emotion here?
Gore: Well you see, anger is not... What point would there be to feelingthat? I'm concentrating...
Interviewer: That's one of those emotions. Come on, what about Katherine Harris? Weren't you angry at her?
Gore: Look, I don't think that it, that it serves any purpose.
Interviewer: Have you given any thought, any thought to what would happen if it doesn't work out for you?
Gore: Very little because, you know, coming up to the election, I was pretty well prepared to win, little somewhat prepared if it didn't work out. What I was not prepared for was neither outcome.
Interviewer: Yes, Yes. I want to read you something in today's New York Times. It says, ¡°Whichever man ends up having to concede, is going to feel - ready? - 32)tormented, 33)rejected, 34)humiliated, victimized, angry, cheated, ashamed, lonely, and bone tired.¡± Oh, my!
Gore: Oh, if it... I've been getting...
Interviewer: Now I know why you're fighting so hard.
Gore: I've been getting 7, 8 hours of sleep at night. And I don't feel bone tired.
Interviewer: Yeah, but you don'tthink you're going to concede at this point, but they're saying if you end up having to.
Gore: If you want me to anticipate a situation that I don't think is going to happen and then project my feelings into it, I'll do my best by telling you that of course I would be 35)vulnerable to such feelings. But I do believe that with my family and with my faith, I would find a way to come out on top of that and not to surrender to those feelings. We can choose.
Interviewer: You've been described by people who see you as a lost soul in deep denial racked by what ifs. Now...
Gore: Is that the person you see before you?
Interviewer: Well, that's not the person I'm seeing, but I don't see you behind the scenes. And, are you in deep denial?
Gore: No. No. I deny that.
5 george w.s victory speech
Thank you. Thank you very much!
Good evening, my fellow Americans! I appreciate so very much the opportunity to speak with you tonight.
Mr. Speaker, Lieutenant Governor, friends, distinguished guests, our country has been through a long and 36)trying period with the outcome of the Presidential election not 37)finalized for longer than any of us could ever imagine. Vice President Gore and I put our hearts and hopes into our campaigns. We both gave it our all. We shared similar emotions. So I understand how difficult this moment must be for Vice President Gore and his family. He has a distinguished record of serviceto our country as a congressman, a senator, and a Vice President. This evening I received a gracious call from the Vice President. We agreed to meet early next week in Washington and we agreed to do our best to heal our country after this hard fought contest.
After a difficult election we must put politics behind us and work together to make the promise of America available for everyone of our citizens. I'm optimistic that we can change the tone in Washington D.C.. I believe things happen for a reason. And I hope the long wait of the last 5 weeks will heighten a desire to move beyond the bitterness and partisanship of the recent past. Our nation must rise above a house divided. Americans share hopes and goals and values far more important than any political disagreements. Republicans want the best for our nation and so do Democrats. Our votes may differ but not our hopes.
I know America wants 38)reconciliation and unity. I know Americans want progress. And we must seize this moment and deliver. Together guided by a spirit of common sense, common 39)courtesy, and common goals, we can unite and inspire theAmerican citizens. I have faith that with God's help, we as a nation will move forward together as one nation indivisible.
And together we will create an America that is open so every citizen has access to the American Dream. An America that is educated so every child has the keys to realize that dream. An America that is united in our diversity and our shared American values that are larger than race or party. I was not elected to serve one party but to serve one nation. The President of the United States is the President of every single American of every race and every background. Whether you voted for me or not, I will do my best to serve your interests. And I will work to earn your respect. I will be guided by President Jefferson's sense of purpose to stand for principle, to be reasonable in manner and above all to do great good for the cause of freedom and harmony. The presidency is more than an honor. It is more than an office. It is a charge to keep and I will give it my all.
Thank you very much. And God bless America.
1) Electoral College 美国总统或副总统选举委员会，由各州选出的选举人组成。文中的噱头取自college常见意思为”大学”。
2) banana n. 这里指的是banana republic，香蕉国，即因单一经济作物受到外资控制的拉丁美洲国家。
3)outsell v卖得多 4) BPM 即Blink Per Minute，每秒钟眨眼次数
5) jive v. 跳摇摆舞，哄骗
6)chip n. 碎片，筹码 7)ginger n. 姜
8 snap n.猛咬或抓抢之物
9)12th grade 相当于我国的高三 10) landslide n. 竞选中压倒性多数票
11) hemline n. 衣裙的下边
12) straw n. 民意测验投票
13) psychic n. 灵媒，巫师
14) outcome n. 结果
15) laurel n. 月桂树
16) nutshell n. 坚果注释：
17) misread v. 读错
18) ballot n. 选举票
19) far and wide 四面八方，广泛地
20) multiply v. 乘以，增加 21) manual adj. 手动的，手工的
22) Katherine Harris即美国佛罗里达州的州务卿
23) in accordance with 按照，根据
24) finality n. 定局，结尾
25) ratify v. 批准
26) concession n. 让步
27) the oath of office 就职宣言 28) legitimacy n. 合法性，正确性
29) bunker n. 船上的煤仓
30) wrap up in sth 受牵连，与……有关
31) civics n. 公民学，市政学，公民课
32) tormented a. 痛苦的，折磨的 33) rejected a. 被排斥的，被抛弃的
34) humiliated a. 羞辱的注释：
35) vulnerable a. 易受伤的，脆弱的
36) trying a. 难受的，费劲的 37) finalize v. 定案
38) reconciliation n. 调和，和解 39) courtesy n. 谦恭，礼貌