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奥巴马抱怨当总统没隐私 怀念平民生活
Barack Obama complains about lack of privacy as president

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奥巴马抱怨当总统没隐私 怀念平民生活

President Obama pays a visit to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.

President Barack Obama has complained about the loss of privacy that comes with being leader of the United States, regretting the loss of simple pleasures such as a long walk or a trip to the car wash or supermarket.

"I just miss – I miss being anonymous," he said. "I miss Saturday morning, rolling out of bed, not shaving, getting into my car with my girls, driving to the supermarket, squeezing the fruit, getting my car washed, taking walks. I can't take a walk."

His dream, he said, was to "go through Central Park and watch folks passing by ... spend the day watching people – I miss that".

Faced with simmering criticism for playing more golf than most previous occupants of the White House, he explained that the sport was simply the best way of getting away from it all.

"It's the only excuse I have to get outside for four hours at a stretch," he told Hearst magazines.

Though he said he enjoyed his life in the White House, he felt disillusioned with the some of the ways of Washington, which he has failed in his pledge to change, such as the "kabuki dance" among political parties before serious policy discussions begin. His comments may be seen as vindication by critics who have accused him of appearing too detached, and being slow to engage in crucial issues such as Libya and the near shutdown of the US government last week.

Since arriving at the White House in January 2009, Mr Obama has already racked up 60 rounds of golf in office, more than George W Bush did in his eight years.

In terms of ability, Golf Digest magazine has ranked Mr Obama eighth out of the 18 presidents who played the game since it became established in the early 20th century.

(Read by Renee Haines. Renee Haines is a journalist at the China Daily Website.)













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car wash: a place or business equipped for washing cars and other motor vehicles(洗车场)

simmering: being filled with pent-up emotion(即将爆发的)

at a stretch: continuously; without stopping(连续地)

disillusioned: having lost one's ideals, illusions, or false ideas about someone or something; disenchanted(醒悟的;不抱幻想的;幻想破灭的)

kabuki: a form of Japanese drama based on popular legends and characterized by elaborate costumes, stylized acting, and the use of male actors for all roles(日本)歌舞伎

vindication: the defense, such as evidence or argument, that serves to justify a claim or deed 证明无罪(或正确);辩护

detached: marked by an absence of emotional involvement and an aloof, impersonal objectivity(冷淡的,冷漠的;不带感情的)

rack up: to accumulate or score(累计)