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Obama threatens ‘family tattoo’ if daughters get their own
歐巴馬威脅 若女兒刺青就會是「家族刺青」

US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk through Lafayette Park with daughters Sasha, third left, and Malia in Washington on March 31.
美國總統巴拉克‧歐巴馬偕同第一夫人蜜雪兒‧歐巴馬與他們的女兒沙夏(左三)與瑪麗亞,於三月三十一日行走在華府的拉法葉公園。

Photo: AFP
照片:法新社

Speaking on NBC’s Today show in a segment originally filmed before the Boston Marathon bombings, US President Barack Obama revealed the strategy he and First Lady Michelle Obama have been using to keep their daughters away from tattoos.

“What we’ve said to the girls is, ‘If you guys ever decide you’re going to get a tattoo, then mommy and me will get the exact same tattoo, in the same place, and we’ll go on YouTube and show it off as a family tattoo,’” Obama said.

“Our thinking is that might dissuade them from thinking that somehow that’s a good way to rebel.”

During the segment, the president also said he understood his wife’s “slip of the tongue” when she called herself a “single mother” in early April, noting that they were often apart for a week at a time when he was campaigning for the Senate and presidency.

“I tend to cut my wife or anybody some slack when it comes to just slips of the tongue,” he said.

(Liberty Times)

美國總統巴拉克‧歐巴馬在一段於波士頓馬拉松爆炸案前錄影的國家廣播公司《今日》節目片段中,透露他與第一夫人蜜雪兒‧歐巴馬用來讓兩個女兒與刺青保持距離的撇步。

歐巴馬說:「我們跟兩個女兒說的是,『你們兩姊妹要是決定去弄個刺青,妳媽跟我也會在同樣的地方刺個一模一樣的刺青,然後我們會上YouTube,以家族刺青的樣子秀給大家看。』」

「我們的想法是,這也許能打消她們以為這樣做是顯示叛逆的好方法的念頭。」

在這段錄影中,歐巴馬也說,他了解妻子在四月初自稱「單親媽媽」的「口誤」,指稱在參議員與總統競選期間,他們夫妻倆經常相隔兩地長達一週。

他說:「關於口誤,我傾向放我老婆或任何人一馬。」

(自由時報/翻譯:張沛元)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. keep away v. phr.

保持距離 (bao3 chi2 ju4 li4)

例: I tried to keep my pet bird away from stray cats.

(我想辦法不讓野貓接近我的寵物鳥。)

2. dissuade v.

勸退 (quan4 tui4)

例: The doctor tried to dissuade his patient from chewing betel nuts.

(醫生企圖說服他的病人不要嚼檳榔。)

3. cut some slack idiom

放人一馬 (fang4 ren2 yi4 ma3)

例: I’m really tired. Please stop bothering me and cut me some slack.

(我很累了。請別再煩我,饒了我吧。)


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