What the United States most needs from Japan is a responsible strategic partner, not a government whose imperial reveries and symbolic muscle-flexing will provoke angry reactions across Asia. アメリカが日本に求めている最大のものは、責任ある戦略的パートナーになることであり、帝国主義の幻想と武力の誇示によりアジア諸国の怒りを引き起こす政府ではない。
Nationalism is enjoying a disturbing political revival because many Japanese fear that their country, once Asia’s clear economic leader, is losing ground to booming neighbors. The answer for that doesn’t lie in the nostalgic fantasies about Japan’s ugly past for which Mr. Aso has become well known. 日本ではナショナリズムが気がかりな復活をはじめている。復活の背景には、アジアの経済的リーダーだった日本が、隣国の成長とともに、その地位を失い始めているのを多くの日本人が恐れていることにある。しかし、その答えは日本の醜い過去に関するノスタルジックなファンタジーにはない。麻生氏はよくその過去を知っているだろうが。（ちょっと意訳してます）
Instead, Japan needs to modernize its economy by completing the market reforms begun by Junichiro Koizumi, the former prime minister. And it needs to modernize its foreign policy by treating its neighbors as equals. If Mr. Aso can be pragmatic enough to adopt that agenda, he is likely to be a successful prime minister. むしろ、日本には経済の近代化必要なのだ。小泉純一郎元首相によってはじめられた市場改革を完成させることが。そしてその外交も近代化が必要だ。隣国を対等に扱うことが。もし、麻生氏が実用主義にもとづきこの議題を採用するならば、彼は首相として成功するだろう。
１９２９年気分でいるんじゃない、もう４１年だ。すごいズラしかたですが、インパクトはある。 「すでに来ている大恐慌に身構えよ、アメリカ人」とバフェットは言いたいんでしょう。バフェットが原子力発電の会社を買収したり、鉄道会社を買収したりしているのは、上からの統制経済に備えていると見るしかない。次の大統領でも、ポールソン財務長官は留任すべきだとまで、バフェットは「'Hank, do me a favor, stick around another year.'"（ハンク、頼むからもう一年やってくれ）」と自分が大統領だったら頼むだろうと言っています。
BARACK OBAMA knocks on the front door of a 300-year-old New Hampshire farmhouse while his Secret Service detail waits in the driveway. The door opens and OBAMA is standing face to face with former President JED BARTLET. シークレットサービスを道で待たせ、 オバマ氏は、ニューハンプシャーの農場にある300年もののドアをノックした。 ドアが開くと、なんと元大統領のジェドバートレットが直接出てきた！
BARTLET Senator. OBAMA Mr. President. BARTLET You seem startled. OBAMA I didn’t expect you to answer the door yourself. BARTLET I didn’t expect you to be getting beat by John McCain and a Lancôme rep who thinks “The Flintstones” was based on a true story, so let’s call it even. OBAMA Yes, sir. BARTLET Come on in.
BARTLET leads OBAMA into his study. バートレットはオバマを書斎へと誘った。
BARTLET That was a hell of a convention. OBAMA Thank you, I was proud of it. BARTLET I meant the Republicans. The Us versus Them-a-thon. As a Democrat I was surprised to learn that I don’t like small towns, God, people with jobs or America. I’ve been a little out of touch but is there a mandate that the vice president be skilled at field dressing a moose —
OBAMA Look — BARTLET — and selling Air Force Two on eBay? OBAMA Joke all you want, Mr. President, but it worked. BARTLET Imagine my surprise. What can I do for you, kid? OBAMA I’m interested in your advice. BARTLET I can’t give it to you. OBAMA Why not? BARTLET I’m supporting McCain.
OBAMA Why? BARTLET He’s promised to eradicate evil and that was always on my “to do” list. OBAMA O.K. — BARTLET And he’s surrounded himself, I think, with the best possible team to get us out of an economic crisis. Why, Sarah Palin just said Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had “gotten too big and too expensive to the taxpayers.” Can you spot the error in that statement? OBAMA Yes, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac aren’t funded by taxpayers. BARTLET Well, at least they are now. Kind of reminds you of the time Bush said that Social Security wasn’t a government program. He was only off by a little — Social Security is the largest government program. OBAMA I appreciate your sense of humor, sir, but I really could use your advice.
BARTLET Well, it seems to me your problem is a lot like the problem I had twice. OBAMA Which was? BARTLET A huge number of Americans thought I thought I was superior to them. OBAMA And? BARTLET I was. OBAMA I mean, how did you overcome that? BARTLET I won’t lie to you, being fictional was a big advantage. OBAMA What do you mean? BARTLET I’m a fictional president. You’re dreaming right now, Senator. OBAMA I’m asleep? BARTLET Yes, and you’re losing a ton of white women. OBAMA Yes, sir. BARTLET I mean tons. OBAMA I understand. BARTLET I didn’t even think there were that many white women. OBAMA I see the numbers, sir. What do they want from me? BARTLET I’ve been married to a white woman for 40 years and I still don’t know what she wants from me. OBAMA How did you do it? BARTLET Well, I say I’m sorry a lot.
OBAMA I don’t mean your marriage, sir. I mean how did you get America on your side? BARTLET There again, I didn’t have to be president of America, I just had to be president of the people who watched “The West Wing.” OBAMA That would make it easier. BARTLET You’d do very well on NBC. Thursday nights in the old “ER” time slot with “30 Rock” as your lead-in, you’d get seven, seven-five in the demo with a 20, 22 share — you’d be selling $450,000 minutes. OBAMA What the hell does that mean? BARTLET TV talk. I thought you’d be interested.
オ：いや結婚の話でなく、アメリカ人の指示をどのように得たかということです。 バ：またかい、私はアメリカの大統領になったんじゃなくて、「ザ・ホワイトハウス」を見てる視聴者にとっての大統領になっただけさ オ：（テレビで人気なのは）それはそれで大統領になる助けになりそうですが。 バ：NBCでやってみればどうだい？ 木曜日の昔「ER」がやっていた時間帯で今「30ロック（ソーキンが絡んでるコメディ番組）」という番組をやっているがあれに出てみては？ you’d get seven, seven-five in the demo with a 20, 22 share ？ you’d be selling $450,000 minutes. オ：それがいったい何になるんです？ バ：トーク番組だよ。君が興味あるのかと思ってね。
OBAMA I’m not. They pivoted off the argument that I was inexperienced to the criticism that I’m — wait for it — the Messiah, who, by the way, was a community organizer. When I speak I try to lead with inspiration and aptitude. How is that a liability? BARTLET Because the idea of American exceptionalism doesn’t extend to Americans being exceptional. If you excelled academically and are able to casually use 690 SAT words then you might as well have the press shoot video of you giving the finger to the Statue of Liberty while the Dixie Chicks sing the University of the Taliban fight song. The people who want English to be the official language of the United States are uncomfortable with their leaders being fluent in it. OBAMA You’re saying race doesn’t have anything to do with it? BARTLET I wouldn’t go that far. Brains made me look arrogant but they make you look uppity. Plus, if you had a black daughter — OBAMA I have two. BARTLET — who was 17 and pregnant and unmarried and the father was a teenager hoping to launch a rap career with “Thug Life” inked across his chest, you’d come in fifth behind Bob Barr, Ralph Nader and a ficus. OBAMA You’re not cheering me up. BARTLET Is that what you came here for? OBAMA No, but it wouldn’t kill you.
オ：さほど興味ないですね。トーク番組なんてのは、私が国家の救世主かどうかが肝心なようですし。 私は、思いつきと理解力のよさで話を進めるようにしているのですが、これはどこかマイナスになるでしょうか？ バ：「アメリカ例外主義（アメリカの国是）」の考えは、アメリカ人が特別優秀だとするものではないからねぇ。 仮にSAT試験の言葉を690ぐらいに非常的に言えるとしてだ、ディクシー・チックスが「the University of the Taliban fight song」を歌う中で、自由の女神に手を差し伸べるイメージビデオでも撮った方がいいだろうね。 英語を国語としたがる国民というのは、英語が流暢に話せる人がリーダーになると落ち着かないものだからね。 オ：（会話の方法は）選挙戦とはまったく関係がないことだと仰るのですか？ バ：まぁそんなところだな。賢明さは私を尊大に見せていたようだが、君の場合は高慢に見せているようだ。そしてもし君に黒い肌の娘がいうなら… オ：２人います。 バ：彼女が未婚の17才で、胸に「サグライフ」と描いたラッパーに憧れるようなやつの子を妊娠したとしてるとしたら、 君は、ボブ・バー氏やラルフ・ネーダー氏、そしてイチジク（？）に次いで5番目（民主党、共和党候補者で2名）の大統領候補者になれるかもね。 オ：私を励ましているのですか。 バ：励ましてもらいたくて来たんだろ？ オ：いやまぁ…良薬は口に苦しということですか。
BARTLET Have you tried doing a two-hour special or a really good Christmas show? OBAMA Sir — BARTLET Hang on. Home run. Right here. Is there any chance you could get Michelle pregnant before the fall sweeps? OBAMA The problem is we can’t appear angry. Bush called us the angry left. Did you see anyone in Denver who was angry? BARTLET Well ... let me think. ...We went to war against the wrong country, Osama bin Laden just celebrated his seventh anniversary of not being caught either dead or alive, my family’s less safe than it was eight years ago, we’ve lost trillions of dollars, millions of jobs, thousands of lives and we lost an entire city due to bad weather. So, you know ... I’m a little angry. OBAMA What would you do? BARTLET GET ANGRIER! Call them liars, because that’s what they are. Sarah Palin didn’t say “thanks but no thanks” to the Bridge to Nowhere. She just said “Thanks.” You were raised by a single mother on food stamps — where does a guy with eight houses who was legacied into Annapolis get off calling you an elitist? And by the way, if you do nothing else, take that word back. Elite is a good word, it means well above average. I’d ask them what their problem is with excellence. While you’re at it, I want the word “patriot” back. McCain can say that the transcendent issue of our time is the spread of Islamic fanaticism or he can choose a running mate who doesn’t know the Bush doctrine from the Monroe Doctrine, but he can’t do both at the same time and call it patriotic. They have to lie — the truth isn’t their friend right now. Get angry. Mock them mercilessly; they’ve earned it. McCain decried agents of intolerance, then chose a running mate who had to ask if she was allowed to ban books from a public library. It’s not bad enough she thinks the planet Earth was created in six days 6,000 years ago complete with a man, a woman and a talking snake, she wants schools to teach the rest of our kids to deny geology, anthropology, archaeology and common sense too? It’s not bad enough she’s forcing her own daughter into a loveless marriage to a teenage hood, she wants the rest of us to guide our daughters in that direction too? It’s not enough that a woman shouldn’t have the right to choose, it should be the law of the land that she has to carry and deliver her rapist’s baby too? I don’t know whether or not Governor Palin has the tenacity of a pit bull, but I know for sure she’s got the qualifications of one. And you’re worried about seeming angry? You could eat their lunch, make them cry and tell their mamas about it and God himself would call it restrained. There are times when you are simply required to be impolite. There are times when condescension is called for! OBAMA Good to get that off your chest? BARTLET Am I keeping you from something? OBAMA Well, it’s not as if I didn’t know all of that and it took you like 20 minutes to say.
バ：2時間に及ぶ特別で格別なクリスマスショー過ごしたことは？ オ：ええ、あります。 バ：Hang on. Home run. Right here.じゃあ妻のミシェル氏が晩秋までに妊娠する可能性だってあるわけですね。 オ：怒りを露わにできないのも問題です。 ブッシュは私を怒れる左派だと呼びますがね。（民主党党大会の開かれる）デンバー州で怒っている人なんて見たことあります？ バ：私たちは間違った戦争を始めてしまった。しかしビンラディンは捕まらずに無事7年目を迎えたことと、アメリカが8年前よりも安全でなくなったことや何兆円にも上る経済危機を受けたこと、 何百万もの失業を抱えていること、悪天候（ハリケーン？）で多くの命や都市を失ったことを祝っている。だから私は少々怒りを感じているよ。 オ：あなたならどうします？ バ：もっと怒れ！（共和党の）奴らを嘘つきと呼べばいい、実際そうなのだから。サラ・ペイリンは『The Bridge to Nowhere（どこにも行けない橋）』と君に批判されたことに、ただありがとうと返しただけだ。 君は、貧しい生活の中でシングルマザーによって育てられた。海軍士官学校育ちで家を8個も持っているようなやつ（マケイン氏）が、君をエリートだなんて呼べるわけないじゃないか。 しかし君に（エリートであること以外）他に何もないなら、今の言葉を取り消そう。エリートであることはいいことだ、平均以上であることを意味しているからね。 私なら、奴らに「優秀で何が悪い？」と問いただしてやるね。ついでに「愛国者」なんて言葉を用いてもいい。 マケイン氏はイスラム過激主義が広がっていることが現在の最も問題となっていることだと言うだろう、 そして彼はモンロー主義やブッシュ・ドクトリンも知らないやつを副大統領候補にしたがこれでは最早自身を愛国者などとは呼べないだろうね。 奴らは嘘をつかなければいけなくなっている。いまや真実は彼らの友ではなくなったのだから。 もっと怒れ！無慈悲に奴らを小馬鹿にすればいいんだ。奴らには当然の報いなんだから。 マケインは不寛容なエージェント（？）を貶した上、図書館の本を燃やせと言えばそれに応じるような奴を副大統領候補にしたんだ。 彼女が地球がたった6日で作られ、アダムとイブが蛇に誘惑され・・・なんてことを本気で信じてるのは別に悪い事じゃないが、学校で他の子供たちにまで、地質学や人類学、考古学そして常識を否定するようなことを教えることを望んでいるのは如何なものか。 彼女が自分の娘に10代で（不良との）愛のない結婚を強いることを悪いとは言わないが、我々の娘達にまでそうさせることを望むというのか？ 女性に中絶する権利を与えないと主張するのでは不十分で、強姦魔の子供であっても産まねばならぬと法に記すべきだというのか？ ペイリン知事にピットブル並みの執拗さがあるか定かではないが、そうなる素質を彼女は持っている。なのに、君はまだ怒ることを恐れているのか？奴らの弁当を勝手に食って奴らを泣かしてしまえ！そして奴らの母親に言ってしまえ！それでもまだ神はそれを節度ある行動だと言われるよ。時には無礼にならなければいけない時もある、もちろん謙遜さが求められるときもあるがね。 オ：胸の内を語ってもらえて嬉しく思います。 バ：本音を君に隠すとでも思ったかい？ オ：そうではなく・・・語ってもらうのに20分要しましたね（笑）
BARTLET I know, I have a problem, but admitting it is the first step. OBAMA What’s the second step? BARTLET I don’t care. OBAMA So what about hope? Chuck it for outrage and put-downs? BARTLET No. You’re elite, you can do both. Four weeks ago you had the best week of your campaign, followed — granted, inexplicably — by the worst week of your campaign. And you’re still in a statistical dead heat. You’re a 47-year-old black man with a foreign-sounding name who went to Harvard and thinks devotion to your country and lapel pins aren’t the same thing and you’re in a statistical tie with a war hero and a Cinemax heroine. To these aged eyes, Senator, that’s what progress looks like. You guys got four debates. Get out of my house and go back to work. OBAMA Wait, what is it you always used to say? When you hit a bump on the show and your people were down and frustrated? You’d give them a pep talk and then you’d always end it with something. What was it ...? BARTLET “Break’s over.”
バ：私に欠点があるのは知っているが、まず欠点を認めるのが第一歩かね。 オ：その次は？ バ：そこまで面倒見きれないよ オ：So what about hope? （希望については？） Chuck it for outrage and put-downs? (怒り、こき下ろすために希望を捨てろと？） バ：いや、君はエリートだし、両方ともうまくやれると思うよ。4週間前、君にとっては選挙期間中で最高の1週間を経験したが、そして - 当然のように、不思議なものだが - 続けて最悪の1週間を経験した。 それでもまだ、統計の上で接戦を演じているじゃないか。君の名はいまや海外にだって知られている。ハーバード大出身の47才の黒人で自身の国家展望を持ち、襟ピンだって（いつも？）同じじゃないし、 統計上は、戦争の英雄（マケイン？）や映画俳優（サラ・ペイリン？？？キャロル・シェプ？？？）と互角だ。 上院議員、私の老いた目にはこれらは進歩と同義に見えるよ。 君らにはこれから討論会が４回あるんだ。さぁここから出て仕事に戻るんだ。 オ：最後にひとつ。あなたがいつも使っていたセリフは何でしたっけ？ 番組の中で挫折した際や部下が落ち込んでたり不満がある場合に使っていた…元気づけてくれる…いつも締めの言葉に使う…えぇと バ：「Break’s over（仕事に戻れ？）」
Thank you all very much. Tonight, I have a privilege given few Americans -- the privilege of accepting our party's nomination for President of the United States. And I accept it with gratitude, humility and confidence.
In my life, no success has come without a good fight, and this nomination wasn't any different. That's a tribute to the candidates who opposed me and their supporters. They're leaders of great ability, who love our country, and wished to lead it to better days. Their support is an honor I won't forget.
I'm grateful to the President for leading us in those dark days following the worst attack on American soil in our history, and keeping us safe from another attack many thought was inevitable; and to the First Lady, Laura Bush, a model of grace and kindness in public and in private. And I'm grateful to the 41st President and his bride of 63 years, and for their outstanding example of honorable service to our country.
As always, I'm indebted to my wife, Cindy, and my seven children. The pleasures of family life can seem like a brief holiday from the crowded calendar of our nation's business. But I have treasured them all the more, and can't imagine a life without the happiness you give me. Cindy said a lot of nice things about me tonight. But, in truth, she's more my inspiration than I am hers. Her concern for those less blessed than we are -- victims of land mines, children born in poverty and with birth defects -- shows the measure of her humanity. I know she will make a great First Lady.
When I was growing up, my father was often at sea, and the job of raising my brother, sister and me would fall to my mother alone. Roberta McCain gave us her love of life, her deep interest in the world, her strength, and her belief we are all meant to use our opportunities to make ourselves useful to our country. I wouldn't be here tonight but for the strength of her character.
My heartfelt thanks to all of you, who helped me win this nomination, and stood by me when the odds were long. I won't let you down. To Americans who have yet to decide who to vote for, thank you for your consideration and the opportunity to win your trust. I intend to earn it.
Finally, a word to Senator Obama and his supporters. We'll go at it over the next two months. That's the nature of these contests, and there are big differences between us. But you have my respect and admiration. Despite our differences, much more unites us than divides us. We are fellow Americans, an association that means more to me than any other. We're dedicated to the proposition that all people are created equal and endowed by our Creator with inalienable rights. No country ever had a greater cause than that. And I wouldn't be an American worthy of the name if I didn't honor Senator Obama and his supporters for their achievement.
But let there be no doubt, my friends, we're going to win this election. And after we've won, we're going to reach out our hand to any willing patriot, make this government start working for you again, and get this country back on the road to prosperity and peace.
These are tough times for many of you. You're worried about keeping your job or finding a new one, and are struggling to put food on the table and stay in your home. All you ever asked of government is to stand on your side, not in your way. And that's just what I intend to do: stand on your side and fight for your future.
And I've found just the right partner to help me shake up Washington, Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska. She has executive experience and a real record of accomplishment. She's tackled tough problems like energy independence and corruption. She's balanced a budget, cut taxes, and taken on the special interests. She's reached across the aisle and asked Republicans, Democrats and Independents to serve in her administration. She's the mother of five children. She's helped run a small business, worked with her hands and knows what it's like to worry about mortgage payments and health care and the cost of gasoline and groceries.
She knows where she comes from and she knows who she works for. She stands up for what's right, and she doesn't let anyone tell her to sit down. I'm very proud to have introduced our next Vice President to the country. But I can't wait until I introduce her to Washington. And let me offer an advance warning to the old, big spending, do nothing, me first, country second Washington crowd: change is coming.
I'm not in the habit of breaking promises to my country and neither is Governor Palin. And when we tell you we're going to change Washington, and stop leaving our country's problems for some unluckier generation to fix, you can count on it. We've got a record of doing just that, and the strength, experience, judgment and backbone to keep our word to you.
You know, I've been called a maverick; someone who marches to the beat of his own drum. Sometimes it's meant as a compliment and sometimes it's not. What it really means is I understand who I work for. I don't work for a party. I don't work for a special interest. I don't work for myself. I work for you.
I've fought corruption, and it didn't matter if the culprits were Democrats or Republicans. They violated their public trust, and had to be held accountable. I've fought big spenders in both parties, who waste your money on things you neither need nor want, while you struggle to buy groceries, fill your gas tank and make your mortgage payment. I've fought to get million dollar checks out of our elections. I've fought lobbyists who stole from Indian tribes. I fought crooked deals in the Pentagon. I fought tobacco companies and trial lawyers, drug companies and union bosses.
I fought for the right strategy and more troops in Iraq, when it wasn't a popular thing to do. And when the pundits said my campaign was finished, I said I'd rather lose an election than see my country lose a war.
Thanks to the leadership of a brilliant general, David Petreaus, and the brave men and women he has the honor to command, that strategy succeeded and rescued us from a defeat that would have demoralized our military, risked a wider war and threatened the security of all Americans.
I don't mind a good fight. For reasons known only to God, I've had quite a few tough ones in my life. But I learned an important lesson along the way. In the end, it matters less that you can fight. What you fight for is the real test.
I fight for Americans. I fight for you. I fight for Bill and Sue Nebe from Farmington Hills, Michigan, who lost their real estate investments in the bad housing market. Bill got a temporary job after he was out of work for seven months. Sue works three jobs to help pay the bills.
I fight for Jake and Toni Wimmer of Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Jake works on a loading dock; coaches Little League, and raises money for the mentally and physically disabled. Toni is a schoolteacher, working toward her Master's Degree. They have two sons, the youngest, Luke, has been diagnosed with autism. Their lives should matter to the people they elect to office. They matter to me.
I fight for the family of Matthew Stanley of Wolfboro, New Hampshire, who died serving our country in Iraq. I wear his bracelet and think of him every day. I intend to honor their sacrifice by making sure the country their son loved so well and never returned to, remains safe from its enemies.
I fight to restore the pride and principles of our party. We were elected to change Washington, and we let Washington change us. We lost the trust of the American people when some Republicans gave in to the temptations of corruption. We lost their trust when rather than reform government, both parties made it bigger. We lost their trust when instead of freeing ourselves from a dangerous dependence on foreign oil, both parties and Senator Obama passed another corporate welfare bill for oil companies. We lost their trust, when we valued our power over our principles.
We're going to change that. We're going to recover the people's trust by standing up again for the values Americans admire. The party of Lincoln, Roosevelt and Reagan is going to get back to basics.
We believe everyone has something to contribute and deserves the opportunity to reach their God-given potential from the boy whose descendents arrived on the Mayflower to the Latina daughter of migrant workers. We're all God's children and we're all Americans.
We believe in low taxes; spending discipline, and open markets. We believe in rewarding hard work and risk takers and letting people keep the fruits of their labor.
We believe in a strong defense, work, faith, service, a culture of life, personal responsibility, the rule of law, and judges who dispense justice impartially and don't legislate from the bench. We believe in the values of families, neighborhoods and communities.
We believe in a government that unleashes the creativity and initiative of Americans. Government that doesn't make your choices for you, but works to make sure you have more choices to make for yourself.
I will keep taxes low and cut them where I can. My opponent will raise them. I will open new markets to our goods and services. My opponent will close them. I will cut government spending. He will increase it.
My tax cuts will create jobs. His tax increases will eliminate them. My health care plan will make it easier for more Americans to find and keep good health care insurance. His plan will force small businesses to cut jobs, reduce wages, and force families into a government run health care system where a bureaucrat stands between you and your doctor.
Keeping taxes low helps small businesses grow and create new jobs. Cutting the second highest business tax rate in the world will help American companies compete and keep jobs from moving overseas. Doubling the child tax exemption from $3500 to $7000 will improve the lives of millions of American families. Reducing government spending and getting rid of failed programs will let you keep more of your own money to save, spend and invest as you see fit. Opening new markets and preparing workers to compete in the world economy is essential to our future prosperity.
I know some of you have been left behind in the changing economy and it often seems your government hasn't even noticed. Government assistance for unemployed workers was designed for the economy of the 1950s. That's going to change on my watch. My opponent promises to bring back old jobs by wishing away the global economy. We're going to help workers who've lost a job that won't come back, find a new one that won't go away.
We will prepare them for the jobs of today. We will use our community colleges to help train people for new opportunities in their communities. For workers in industries that have been hard hit, we'll help make up part of the difference in wages between their old job and a temporary, lower paid one while they receive retraining that will help them find secure new employment at a decent wage.
Education is the civil rights issue of this century. Equal access to public education has been gained. But what is the value of access to a failing school? We need to shake up failed school bureaucracies with competition, empower parents with choice, remove barriers to qualified instructors, attract and reward good teachers, and help bad teachers find another line of work.
When a public school fails to meet its obligations to students, parents deserve a choice in the education of their children. And I intend to give it to them. Some may choose a better public school. Some may choose a private one. Many will choose a charter school. But they will have that choice and their children will have that opportunity.
Senator Obama wants our schools to answer to unions and entrenched bureaucracies. I want schools to answer to parents and students. And when I'm President, they will.
My fellow Americans, when I'm President, we're going to embark on the most ambitious national project in decades. We are going to stop sending $700 billion a year to countries that don't like us very much. We will attack the problem on every front. We will produce more energy at home. We will drill new wells offshore, and we'll drill them now. We will build more nuclear power plants. We will develop clean coal technology. We will increase the use of wind, tide, solar and natural gas. We will encourage the development and use of flex fuel, hybrid and electric automobiles.
Senator Obama thinks we can achieve energy independence without more drilling and without more nuclear power. But Americans know better than that. We must use all resources and develop all technologies necessary to rescue our economy from the damage caused by rising oil prices and to restore the health of our planet. It's an ambitious plan, but Americans are ambitious by nature, and we have faced greater challenges. It's time for us to show the world again how Americans lead.
This great national cause will create millions of new jobs, many in industries that will be the engine of our future prosperity; jobs that will be there when your children enter the workforce.
Today, the prospect of a better world remains within our reach. But we must see the threats to peace and liberty in our time clearly and face them, as Americans before us did, with confidence, wisdom and resolve.
We have dealt a serious blow to al Qaeda in recent years. But they are not defeated, and they'll strike us again if they can. Iran remains the chief state sponsor of terrorism and on the path to acquiring nuclear weapons. Russia's leaders, rich with oil wealth and corrupt with power, have rejected democratic ideals and the obligations of a responsible power. They invaded a small, democratic neighbor to gain more control over the world's oil supply, intimidate other neighbors, and further their ambitions of reassembling the Russian empire. And the brave people of Georgia need our solidarity and prayers. As President I will work to establish good relations with Russia so we need not fear a return of the Cold War. But we can't turn a blind eye to aggression and international lawlessness that threatens the peace and stability of the world and the security of the American people.
We face many threats in this dangerous world, but I'm not afraid of them. I'm prepared for them. I know how the military works, what it can do, what it can do better, and what it should not do. I know how the world works. I know the good and the evil in it. I know how to work with leaders who share our dreams of a freer, safer and more prosperous world, and how to stand up to those who don't. I know how to secure the peace.
When I was five years old, a car pulled up in front of our house. A Navy officer rolled down the window, and shouted at my father that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor. I rarely saw my father again for four years. My grandfather came home from that same war exhausted from the burdens he had borne, and died the next day. In Vietnam, where I formed the closest friendships of my life, some of those friends never came home with me. I hate war. It is terrible beyond imagination.
I'm running for President to keep the country I love safe, and prevent other families from risking their loved ones in war as my family has. I will draw on all my experience with the world and its leaders, and all the tools at our disposal -- diplomatic, economic, military and the power of our ideals -- to build the foundations for a stable and enduring peace.
In America, we change things that need to be changed. Each generation makes its contribution to our greatness. The work that is ours to do is plainly before us. We don't need to search for it.
We need to change the way government does almost everything: from the way we protect our security to the way we compete in the world economy; from the way we respond to disasters to the way we fuel our transportation network; from the way we train our workers to the way we educate our children. All these functions of government were designed before the rise of the global economy, the information technology revolution and the end of the Cold War. We have to catch up to history, and we have to change the way we do business in Washington.
The constant partisan rancor that stops us from solving these problems isn't a cause, it's a symptom. It's what happens when people go to Washington to work for themselves and not you.
Again and again, I've worked with members of both parties to fix problems that need to be fixed. That's how I will govern as President. I will reach out my hand to anyone to help me get this country moving again. I have that record and the scars to prove it. Senator Obama does not.
Instead of rejecting good ideas because we didn't think of them first, let's use the best ideas from both sides. Instead of fighting over who gets the credit, let's try sharing it. This amazing country can do anything we put our minds to. I will ask Democrats and Independents to serve with me. And my administration will set a new standard for transparency and accountability.
We're going to finally start getting things done for the people who are counting on us, and I won't care who gets the credit.
I've been an imperfect servant of my country for many years. But I have been her servant first, last and always. And I've never lived a day, in good times or bad, that I didn't thank God for the privilege.
Long ago, something unusual happened to me that taught me the most valuable lesson of my life. I was blessed by misfortune. I mean that sincerely. I was blessed because I served in the company of heroes, and I witnessed a thousand acts of courage, compassion and love.
On an October morning, in the Gulf of Tonkin, I prepared for my 23rd mission over North Vietnam. I hadn't any worry I wouldn't come back safe and sound. I thought I was tougher than anyone. I was pretty independent then, too. I liked to bend a few rules, and pick a few fights for the fun of it. But I did it for my own pleasure; my own pride. I didn't think there was a cause more important than me.
Then I found myself falling toward the middle of a small lake in the city of Hanoi, with two broken arms, a broken leg, and an angry crowd waiting to greet me. I was dumped in a dark cell, and left to die. I didn't feel so tough anymore. When they discovered my father was an admiral, they took me to a hospital. They couldn't set my bones properly, so they just slapped a cast on me. When I didn't get better, and was down to about a hundred pounds, they put me in a cell with two other Americans. I couldn't do anything. I couldn't even feed myself. They did it for me. I was beginning to learn the limits of my selfish independence. Those men saved my life.
I was in solitary confinement when my captors offered to release me. I knew why. If I went home, they would use it as propaganda to demoralize my fellow prisoners. Our Code said we could only go home in the order of our capture, and there were men who had been shot down before me. I thought about it, though. I wasn't in great shape, and I missed everything about America. But I turned it down.
A lot of prisoners had it worse than I did. I'd been mistreated before, but not as badly as others. I always liked to strut a little after I'd been roughed up to show the other guys I was tough enough to take it. But after I turned down their offer, they worked me over harder than they ever had before. For a long time. And they broke me.
When they brought me back to my cell, I was hurt and ashamed, and I didn't know how I could face my fellow prisoners. The good man in the cell next door, my friend, Bob Craner, saved me. Through taps on a wall he told me I had fought as hard as I could. No man can always stand alone. And then he told me to get back up and fight again for our country and for the men I had the honor to serve with. Because every day they fought for me.
I fell in love with my country when I was a prisoner in someone else's. I loved it not just for the many comforts of life here. I loved it for its decency; for its faith in the wisdom, justice and goodness of its people. I loved it because it was not just a place, but an idea, a cause worth fighting for. I was never the same again. I wasn't my own man anymore. I was my country's.
I'm not running for president because I think I'm blessed with such personal greatness that history has anointed me to save our country in its hour of need. My country saved me. My country saved me, and I cannot forget it. And I will fight for her for as long as I draw breath, so help me God.
If you find faults with our country, make it a better one. If you're disappointed with the mistakes of government, join its ranks and work to correct them. Enlist in our Armed Forces. Become a teacher. Enter the ministry. Run for public office. Feed a hungry child. Teach an illiterate adult to read. Comfort the afflicted. Defend the rights of the oppressed. Our country will be the better, and you will be the happier. Because nothing brings greater happiness in life than to serve a cause greater than yourself.
I'm going to fight for my cause every day as your President. I'm going to fight to make sure every American has every reason to thank God, as I thank Him: that I'm an American, a proud citizen of the greatest country on earth, and with hard work, strong faith and a little courage, great things are always within our reach. Fight with me. Fight with me.
Fight for what's right for our country.
Fight for the ideals and character of a free people.
Fight for our children's future.
Fight for justice and opportunity for all.
Stand up to defend our country from its enemies.
Stand up for each other; for beautiful, blessed, bountiful America.
Stand up, stand up, stand up and fight. Nothing is inevitable here. We're Americans, and we never give up. We never quit. We never hide from history. We make history.