Some Latin translations of Barack Obama's Democratic National Convention speech in Denver

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

I just noticed that the online Latin newspaper Ephemeris has an article on Barack Obama's acceptance speech on the 28th of August 2008, and that includes a translation of a small part of the speech into Latin. I've put them side by side below:

Barack Obama in English
Baracus Obama in Latin
With profound gratitude and great humility, I accept your nomination for presidency of the United States. Grates agens humilissime accipio nominationem vestram, ut munus praesidentis Civitatum Unitarum petam.
Hodie hoc dico populo Americano, et democraticis et republicanis et neutrius partis fautoribus tota in hac magna natione: satis est!
Tonight, tonight, I say to the people of America, to Democrats and Republicans and independents across this great land: Enough!
Tempus hoc nobis occasionem praebet, promissum Americanum saeculo primo et vicesimo resuscitandi.
This moment, this moment, this election is our chance to keep, in the 21st century, the American promise alive.
Nos hic sumus quia tantopere patriam diligimus, ut non patiamur quadriennium proximum recenti octennio simile.And we are here -- we are here because we love this country too much to let the next four years look just like the last eight.
Die quarto mensis Novembris nobis consurgendum est et proclamandum: Octo satis sunt!On November 4th, on November 4th, we must stand up and say: Eight is enough.

The article has also been recorded so you can listen to it as well as read it. I wonder if there are any technical wizards out there that could blend the spoken word pronunciation of the article with Barack Obama's tone as a speaker to get an idea of what he would really sound if he gave the speech in fluent Latin. Vero possumus!


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