2016年09月29日

ヒラリーが肺炎になった。(2)

Re-emerging to public view, 90 minutes after her enforced exit, Mrs Clinton did appear to be recovered. “I’m feeling great,” she told a small crowd of onlookers. “It’s a beautiful day in New York”. But the extent to which that was crisis management was made plain in a subsequent statement from her doctor—which revealed that the former secretary of state has pneumonia. 

made plain:明らかになる

“Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies. On Friday, during follow-up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia,” said Dr Lisa Bardack, after examining Mrs Clinton later on September 11th. “She was put on antibiotics and advised to rest and modify her schedule. While at this morning’s event, she became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and she is now rehydrated and recovering nicely.” 

dehydrated:脱水する

This was uncharacteristic candour from the disclosure-averse Mrs Clinton, indicating the potential calamitousness of her stumble. It comes at a perilous time for her campaign, with recent polls suggesting her once-ample lead over Mr Trump has shrivelled to around three percentage points—almost within the margin for error. 

candour:率直さ
averse:嫌って・反対して
calamitousness:不幸な・災難をもたらす
stumble:よろめき・失策
perilous:極めて危険な
ample:十分すぎるほどの
shrivelled:しぼむ

Making matters worse, conspiracy theories have long circulated among her enemies on the right about the supposedly poor state of her health, triggered by an episode in 2012 in which she fainted, suffered a concussion, and was subsequently found to have a blood clot. Mrs Clinton has since been given a clean bill of health by her doctors. Yet Mr Trump and his supporters have laboured to suggest she is weak and unwell. 

supposedly:おそらく
fainted:気をうしなう
concussion:脳震盪
clot:血栓
laboured:詳しく述べる

In a speech in April Mr Trump insinuated that, as secretary of state, Mrs Clinton had failed to protect the four Americans killed by Jihadists in Benghazi in 2012 because she lacked the physical vigour necessary to deal with a night-time emergency. “Instead of taking charge that night, Hillary Clinton decided to go home and sleep. Incredible,” he said. 

insinuated:であるとほのめかす
vigour:元気

Like so much of Trump utterance, this was nonsense. The attacks in Benghazi took place in daytime in America, and Mrs Clinton, multiple official investigations suggest, oversaw a creditable official American response to them. Yet the official verdict is not widely believed. Indeed, given that almost half of Republican voters claim to think that “as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton knew the US embassy in Benghazi was going to be attacked and did nothing to protect it,” her alleged ill health is the least of their poor view of her. 

utterance:発言
oversaw:監視する
creditable:見事な

Mrs Clinton’s habits of secrecy and, when challenged, obfuscation, have also played into her accusers’ hands. To explain her misleading claim to have been entirely vindicated by an FBI investigation into her singular email arrangements in the State Department, Mrs Clinton claimed to have momentarily “short-circuited”. Mr Trump naturally ran with that. “She took a short-circuit in the brain. She’s got problems,” he said. “Honestly, I don’t think she’s all there.” 

obfuscation:ごまかし
vindicated:潔白を証明する
singular:奇妙な
short-circuited:短絡した

The Republican nominee’s attack dogs have gone further. Rudy Giuliani, a former mayor of New York, who was once forced by ill health to cancel plans to run against Mrs Clinton for the Senate, and who appears to hate her, has accused her of looking “tired” and “sick”. Katrina Pierson, a Trump spokeswoman, claimed, on the basis of no evidence, that Mrs Clinton has dysphasia, a form of brain damage. 

dysphasia:不全失語症

The reality is that Americans really should be a bit concerned about the health of their next president—whoever wins in November. Mrs Clinton would be the second oldest new president after Ronald Reagan, who is thought to have been showing signs of the dementia that would haunt his last years by the time he ended his presidency, aged almost 78. Mr Trump, who is two years older than Mrs Clinton, would be the oldest new president—and, despite his haranguing of Mrs Clinton, he, typically, has broadcast a much thinner medical record than she has. 

dementia:認知症
haunt:現れる
haranguing:熱弁を振るう
broadcast:吹聴する

Mr Trump’s disclosure consists mainly of a statement, produced last December, by a gastroenterologist, Dr Harold Bornstein, which described his blood pressure and other indicators as “astonishingly excellent.” Dr Bornstein was pleased to conclude that: “If elected, Mr Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest person ever elected to the presidency.” This, Dr Bornstein has since admitted, was not a terribly serious appraisal. When it was put to him that it sounded very much as if it had been written by his patient, Mr Trump’s doctor suggested he had, “probably picked up his kind of language and then just interpreted it to my own.” No matter. Mr Trump’s health is not an election issue and Mrs Clinton’s, now more than ever, is. 

gastroenterologist:胃腸病学者
unequivocally:明白に・曖昧でなく
appraisal:評価

水曜日。今日はこれまで。ヒラリーが肺炎で倒れたことよりも、彼女が2012年に穂脳震盪になってその後の後遺症が残っていて、不全失語症ではないかという噂がある。そうした健康問題は選挙には噂であっても重要だ。そうした意味においても、ヒラリーが不利な状態になっているという話だ。そうした噂を知っていると、今回のディベートにおいてもそうした兆候があるんどえはないかと疑ってしまうだろう。

昨日は海野塾があり、懇親会もあった。参加者は8人だった。China Security Riskがテーマだったが、完了できなかった。来週に持ち越すことになったが、そのため来週のテーマはChina Security Risk for Japanese Companiesということにした。今日の昼は元昭和シェルの佐藤さんとの会食。今日は本が書ける。ではまた明日。

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学歴:東京大学経済学部卒業

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