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Obama Honors African-American Senate Trail
来自:2011-07-20 17:01:16
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (l), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Barack Obama, present the Congressional Gold Medal to former Massachusetts Sen. Edward Brooke on Capitol Hill in Washington, 28 Oct 2009 NNN新课程英语教育—学生双语报—高考英语
The U.S. Congress has presented its highest civilian honor to Edward Brooke - the first African-American elected by popular vote to the Senate. Brooke got the award two days after his 90th birthday.NNN新课程英语教育—学生双语报—高考英语

Past and present members of Congress joined to pay tribute to Edward Brooke.NNN新课程英语教育—学生双语报—高考英语

Among them: President Barack Obama, the third African-American popularly elected to the Senate.NNN新课程英语教育—学生双语报—高考英语

The president called Brooke a trailblazer - a man who spent his life breaking barriers.NNN新课程英语教育—学生双语报—高考英语

Mr. Obama said Brooke's path to the Senate was unlikely. He told the story of an African-American child raised near the Capitol in a neighborhood so fiercely segregated that black residents needed a note from a white person to pass through.NNN新课程英语教育—学生双语报—高考英语

"Others might have become angry or disillusioned," he said. "They would have concluded that no matter how hard they worked their horizons would always be limited so why bother. But not Ed Brooke."NNN新课程英语教育—学生双语报—高考英语

Brooke joined the military and went on to law school. He moved from Washington to Massachusetts and entered politics. In 1966 he achieved what some considered the impossible. A state where most of the voters tend to be white and Democratic elected a black Republican to the Senate.NNN新课程英语教育—学生双语报—高考英语

"He ran for office, as he put it, to bring people together who had never been together before. And that he did," said the president.NNN新课程英语教育—学生双语报—高考英语

The president described Ed Brooke as a senator who was bipartisanship personified - a man whose primary loyalty was not to an ideology or party, but his constituents and his country.NNN新课程英语教育—学生双语报—高考英语

"He did not care whether a bill was popular or politically expedient, Democrat of Republican. He cared if it helped people." he said.NNN新课程英语教育—学生双语报—高考英语

In the months before his death, the late senior Senator from Massachusetts - Edward Kennedy - campaigned hard for a Congressional Gold Medal for Edward Brooke.NNN新课程英语教育—学生双语报—高考英语

The gold medal is the highest honor bestowed by Congress for distinguished achievements and contributions to society. The award dates back to the nation's infancy. Previous medal recipients include George Washington, Mother Teresa, composer Aaron Copland, athlete Jesse Owens, and Nelson Mandela.NNN新课程英语教育—学生双语报—高考英语

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