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奥巴马外出度假 打球读书放松身心
Obama polishes mind and body on vacation
[ 2009-08-26 09:31 ]

奥巴马外出度假 打球读书放松身心
US President Barack Obama waves as he walks with Dr. Eric Whitaker as they play golf during his vacation on Martha's Vineyard in Oak Bluffs, Mass., Monday, Aug. 24, 2009.(Agencies)

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US President Barack Obama on Monday got to work replenishing his mind, body and spirit, playing tennis and golf and taking on a hefty stack of books on his first full day of vacation.

After a brutal seven months facing economic blight, rising trouble abroad and fighting for an increasingly under-fire agenda, Obama opened his day with a workout at the mansion he is renting on the Martha's Vineyard resort.

Then the athletic commander-in-chief challenged First Lady Michelle Obama to a game of tennis and hit the links at an island golf club with partners including UBS chief executive officer Robert Wolf.

"Thank you," said a smiling Obama, clad in brown slacks and a black shirt, to a cheering crowd as he stepped up to the tee to fire off his opening drive.

Aides said the president was seeking respite after a punishing few months in Washington's political swamp.

"The president's been coming to Martha's Vineyard for some 10 years," said White House deputy spokesman Bill Burton.

"He's probably been five or six times over the course of that time period. He enjoys it, it's comfortable, the beaches are nice, the people are particularly nice. There's really good food to eat."

The president had no planned public events during his weeklong vacation -- his first since taking office -- but was expected to make telephone calls to lawmakers in support of his top priority health care reform drive.

Obama arrived on the millionaires' playground off the US east coast on Sunday, and planned to get stuck into a list of books -- amounting to a wedge of nearly 2,300 pages, revealed by Burton.

If in the mood for gritty fiction, Obama had at hand "The Way Home" by George Pelicanos, who has created his own genre focusing on the crime and tensions stalking wrong-side-of-the-tracks streets in the nation's capital, Washington.

Obama had more inner city atmospherics at his finger tips with Richard Price's "Lush Life," a fictional look at a shooting on Manhattan's Lower East Side.

The vast landscape of Colorado is the backdrop to Obama's final fictional choice, "Plain Song" by Kent Haruf, which delves into small town life in the heartland.

Next on Obama's list was "Hot, Flat and Crowded," by New York Times columnist Tom Friedman, which is subtitled: "Why we need a Green Revolution and how it can renew America."

One of Obama's top agenda items starting in September is pushing a plan through Congress to establish a cap-and-trade system to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and he has spent considerable capital on calling for a new renewable energy economy.





七个月以来,奥巴马处境严峻, 他要应对经济衰退、海外问题升级以及(医疗改革)计划不断遭到批评等问题。在玛尔塔葡萄园岛度假胜地租用的别墅内,奥巴马以锻炼身体开始了他的一天。











书单中的下一本书是《纽约时报》专栏作家汤姆• 弗雷德曼所著的《世界又热又平又挤》,副标题是“为什么我们需要一场绿色革命,它怎样重塑美国。”





奥巴马携妻女畅游西部 学钓鱼玩漂流


“奥巴马”进入俚语词典 意思为“酷”

“老妈裤”惹时尚风波 奥巴马笑称自己老土

(英语点津许雅宁 姗姗编辑)



replenish:to fill or make complete again; add a new stock or supply to(补充)

under-fire:under censure or criticism(受到批评,指责)

tee:the starting place, usually a hard mound of earth, at the beginning of play for each hole.(高尔夫球场的发球区,球座)

respite:a usually short interval of rest or relief(暂缓)


get stuck into:全身贯注地做某事,积极地做某事













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