Obama Has No Business Going To Connecticut

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President Obama is traveling to Newtown, Connecticut to visit with the families of victims of the school shooting there and to speak at an interfaith vigil according to White House press pool blogger Keith Koffler.

Which means that, much as we saw with the tragic Tucson shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Obama will co-opt the pain and suffering resulting from this monstrous crime for his own political purposes. It will be subtle and nuanced and draped in flowery words, but with the President will come his politics.

If Obama only wanted to comfort the victims, he could make private phone calls to them. Or simply visit them in private and leave. But he’s making a speech too, in which he’ll no doubt waive the figurative “bloody shirts” of the victims to fan the flames of his agenda.

It’s disgusting, it’s exploitive, but as the President’s former chief of staff once put it, you “never let a good crisis go to waste.”

The people of Newtown, connecticut should be spared this political circus, but the President no doubt feels his purpose is more important than their desire to mourn in peace.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • $8194357

    More political theater from the made for TV President…

  • Guest

    Outrageous, I mean W. never stood in the ruins of some terrible terrorist attack and made a speech Derp.

    • mickey_moussaoui

      One of obama’s drones killed an entire wedding party just to take out two aqueda. Not that I care but neither do you

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      9/11 was a terror attack on the entire country. Not quite the same thing is it?

      Though Bush, sadly, made plenty of political hay out of that attack.

      • Guest

        Yes Rob, the little coverage this story is getting clearly denotes it as merely a local tragedy, not a national one. It’s not as if the tragedy made headlines across the world or that even this blog about ND politics has made numerous posts about it anything. Derp.

        • Thresherman

          So media hype is how we define whether something has local or national implications? A town in OK averted a mass school shooting on the same day as the one at Sandy Hook. So if one is of national import so should the other one, but the media is only interested in one, the one that can be used to hype calls for gun control. Rob is correct in saying that it is a local tragedy, but is also one that is being exploited by callous people like you to advance a pet political agenda.

          • Guest

            Says the person who thinks this is a historical footnote. Just because you’re stupid as $hit doesn’t mean everyone else doesn’t remember Columbine, Virginia Tech, etc.

          • willieB

            Says another one of Rob’s pet trolls who’s addicted to SAB.

          • Guest

            Says the person who constantly introduces himself into the conversation with “speaking of profoundly stupid”

          • willieB

            Says the anonymous troll.

        • $8194357

          (the little coverage this story is getting clearly denotes it as merely a local tragedy, not a national one)
          The 24/7 bleeding heart liberal let us exploit your pain coverage shows the extent of the ideological agenda driven never let a good crisis go to waste “emotional driven” decision making process…
          Useful leftist fool tool..

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        The CT murder spree was an attack on the psyche of ever American, particularly parents. You are too partisan to admit that.

        I’m beginning to wonder if you have a human bone in that douche bag.

  • Guest

    That was dumb. Can you imagine the comments people would be making if Obama, as the chief representative and leader of our country, didn’t go visit these people and make statements to the community to console him. Rob must be in some type of contest to see who can make the most tasteless and stupid blog post on the internet.

    • sbark

      ………and the same for GWBush after the 9-11 terrorist attack……….?……or not?

      • Guest

        George W. Bush did what he was supposed to do. Some people may disagree with his policies to combat terrorism, but just as in the case of Obama, as the chief representative and leader of our country, it was not only unoffensive to us as Americans that he was there it was his responsibility to be there. To criticize either is ridiculously stupid.

        • Thresherman

          Remember after Katrina, GW flew over the area but didn’t land Air Force One because he didn’t want to tie up badly needed resources. For this wise act, the liberal media savagely attacked him as uncaring. They also blamed him for not acting fast enough in response and ignored that it was the Governor who decided to wait another 24 hours after Bush begged her to sign the papers which would allow him to act. You see that wisdom and prudence are not viewed by liberals and the media as virtues to posess, otherwise they would not be fighting so hard to retain the right to keep spending this country into even more massive debt.

          • sbark

            Liberals are on perpetual campaign mode………they dont govern,–they really dont know how. Its either campaign mode, or its reward cronies or punish opponents—-there is no inbetween

          • $8194357

            perpetual indoctrination and brain washing mode, IMO..

          • borborygmi

            writes the brainwashed conservative paranoid.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            I don’t think a guy trying to blame the Tucson shooting on Sarah Palin should be accusing anyone else of being paranoid or brainwashed.

          • $8194357

            Still think the international leftist un armed civillian
            population ideological agenda won’t be coming
            to America, fart bubble?
            Liberal blind a$$ useful Lenist idiots one and all.

        • sbark

          So you were full bore on Huff Po and any other left wing nut site avail telling them they were stupid then also?………Links your critisism then?

          ………or do you just sit back and enable the “stupid” side of the radical left………..as all “moderate” dem’cats seem so willing to do

          • $8194357

            “moderate” dem’cats
            No such thing…The “moderate” simply plays Pilate and washes his hands from the consequences/guilt of the actions they take..

          • sbark

            we just need to evolve with the language……..instead of Moderates, they should be called enablers…….as in wife beater enablers,

          • $8194357

            ideological fool tools works for me…

          • Guest

            Radicals you believe what they read on Huffington Post are about just as ignorant as those who believe what they read on this blog.

          • sbark

            So then your of super intellectual elite moderates……and yet your never bashing the lefties on here, let alone Huff Po……..

            Dont see any moderates or radical Leftists in the lists of Greatest Americans……..do you

            and their place in history is generally of a dubius nature….at best
            And yet they pat themselves on the back for being “great thinkers”
            I just call them enablers

    • camsaure

      Dipshit obuma still won’t say anything about Bemghazi. Well other then the lie about a u tube movie I guess.

    • Guest

      Exactly, if he didn’t go Rob would probably blast him for being indifferent to the tragedy.

      • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

        No I’d be relieved that he was showing a little bit of tact.

        • Thresherman

          There is one reason and one reason only why Obama is going to Sandy Hook, this is the opening shot of his attack on the 2nd Amendment. Obama was one of those who criticized Bush for not going to N.O. after Katrina but he waited a week ofter the tornado in Joplin Missouri before he went there and then only because it was hurting politically. He only attended the arrival of KIAs because he was being criticized for not doing so and then crassly made sure he was well photographed doing so. So we can see that President Ladies Tee only indulges in these acts when there is politcal gain for him to do so and this trip is for the sole purpose of building momentum for gun control legislation. As far as the murdered kids go, they are just so many eggs that he has to break to make another omelette.

    • willieB

      Did he visit the families of those murdered in Benghazi? NO!! Did he visit the family of the border agent murdered by his Fast/Furious program? NO!!

      • mickey_moussaoui

        10x willie

      • Bat One

        EXACTLY !!! Those four Americans murdered by Islamist terrorists in Benghazi while Obama and company sat back and watched on TV were expendable anyway.

        • $8194357

          2 tru 4 propaganda skool..

      • $8194357

        10X
        Political theater that is agenda driven…

    • willieB

      “some type of contest to see who can make the most tasteless and stupid blog post on the internet.”

      That would be you. Like hannitized, you’re just another pet troll who’s addicted to SAB. You should thank Rob for allowing you to feed your addiction and get the attention you crave and need,

    • Neiman

      Could he go and not make a speech, not seek political scoring points? No,it is against his low character to not profit from pain! He should go, it is important, but for God’s sake leave the politics for another day.

      • Bat One

        An excellent point! Mr. Bush spent time with the families of military heroes killed in action, but that time was always private. The TV cameras and microphones were kept out. But of course, as has been noted, Obama has barely acknowledged the families of those he watched being slaughtered by terrorists (NOT video protesters!) in Benghazi, and rather than being candid with the family of Agent Brian Terry and the American people about his murder, Obama instead offers a lame-ass claim of executive privilege.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Then president can express his sympathies from afar.

      There is no expectation that he inject himself into this tragedy.

      • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

        ODS.
        Nutters criticize President Obama for leading from behind.
        Nutters criticize President Obama for leading at the front.
        Nutters. Are they really that stupid?

        • guest

          obama doesn’t lead, he just looks for photo ops to impress and fool as*holes like you. You nebish.

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          Well that’s a straw man. I would have expected that a national political figure refusing to inject himself into a local tragedy was just normal behavior.

          Obama isn’t a grief counselor or a spiritual leader. He is a political leader, and his presence in Connecticut is inherently political.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            Coming from the master of the straw man, I’ll take that as a compliment.

            You are still wrong.

            What is the great Say Anything way?
            Say nothing?

        • mickey_moussaoui

          How is this leading?

          • $8194357

            Ask the muslim brotherhood who the suger daddy is…

  • kevindf

    Political mercenaries do what political mercenaries do.

  • $8194357

    Never let a good crisis go to waste…….
    Rahm and friends………….
    The false moral high ground used for statist tyranys agendas…

    http://dailycaller.com/?p=3527795

    Liberals immediately blame NRA, call for gun control after elementary school shooting

    Liberal reporters, elected officials, pundits and Hollywood entertainers are blaming the National Rifle Association, calling for gun control and expressing no apologies for being political immediately in the wake of the Connecticut elementary school shooting on Friday:

    Gun control is no longer debatable-
    it’s not a ‘conversation’-
    It’s a moral mandate. ‘

    Read more:

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/12/14/liberals-immediately-blame-nra-call-for-gun-control-after-elementary-school-shooting/#ixzz2FBhDX3rm

  • honestly

    what’s next, people exploiting their own sister’s sexual assault to curry favor with political candidates, while excusing the politician’s father for defending the assaulter? cheering their own children for speaking hate to the homeless when leaving church? what will come of the republic? keep catching the problem, we need you.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      I’m not the one who injected my sister’s sexual assault into the Palin mess. That was a .EFT wing Palin biographer who threatened to smear my family in his book if we didnt talk with him.

      My father arrested the perpetrator of that crime by the way. You don’t even have your facts straight.

      And what my daughter said was that there was a homeless man asking for money here min Minot while sitting next to a now hiring sign. I was proud of her for thinking that way. But I guess I’m the sort of parent raising self-reliant kids.

  • Davo

    Rob: YOU’RE THE ONE co-opting this strategy for political purposes!

    You know what Obama’s doing? Acting like a fucking human being.

    My God, this is the stupidest generation of narcissists in the history of the world. 25 kids get murdered, and yet, somehow, it’s all about Rob Fucking Port.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Really?

      Because I’m not the one suggesting any policy changes, Davey.

      President Obama is going to Connecticut to use the pain and suffering there as a prop. It is disgusting.

      • $8194357

        He is the ONE that got the lefts dream of government run health care..

        Another leftist “prize” is abolishing the 2nd ammendment
        and Barry is shooting for this second prize accolade to hang on his wall..

        Wait until he gets to American nuclear diss armament…

        The globalist lefts “tri-fecta” of wish lists accomplished by a usurper
        who should not even hold the office of POTUS…

      • yy4u2

        And that’s exactly what he did. All the while this faux Christian spoke of God and days of old, I was waiting for him to say what he really wanted to as could be seen in his eyes, “Dammit serfs, you know I will write an executive order to fix this as I see fit!”

      • borborygmi

        Are you okay with the mass shootings?Is anyone?

    • borborygmi

      Davo you have it wrong those weren’t 25 kids they were minor historical anecdotes. Just ask Rob.

      • $16179444

        like ‘bumps in the road?’

        i love how suddenly the left gives 2 shits about kids considering you and yours supports butchering how many again? Since 1973
        Gestational Age
        Percentage
        Yearly Total

        Less than 9 weeks
        61.8%
        749,232

        9-10 weeks
        17.1%
        207,312

        11-12 weeks
        9.1%
        110,324

        13-15 weeks
        6.6%
        80,015

        16-20 weeks
        3.8%
        46,069

        21+ weeks
        1.5%
        18,185

        • borborygmi

          Nice try but in general I don’t support abortions. Apparently you care more about the aborted kids then the ones just shot? You are most likely a God fearing man and have no trouble with God killing children. Bravo.

          • $8194357

            (Nice try but in general I don’t support abortions.)
            No?
            Well the Leninist vangaurd who you do support sure does, gurgle.
            It isn’t Republican or conservitives who own that ‘platform’ huh..

          • $16179444

            no i care about consistency. either put up or shut up. and God didn’t kill anyone.

    • Junius

      Here it is folks, Davo is the perfect example of how the brainwashing campaign of the liberals (communists) has succeeded in this country to the point where someone like this can no longer distinguish right from wrong regarding this manifestly malevolent president exploiting this tragedy. You are right Davo, about this being the stupidest generation of narcissists in the history of the World (obama voters) but you fail to see that the greatest narcisscist of all is the evil person currently occupying the White House. obama has no scruples, morals, real feelings, his phony tears not withstanding, and has not the slightest consideration of the unimaginable pain and grief the parents, spouses, families of the victims are experiencing, and neither do you, Davo or you would realize that he would stay away. That goes double for the media ghouls who are trumpeting this over the airwaves 24/7 and will not doubt elevate his shameless political exploitation of this massacre to the greatest speech in History.

  • jimmypop

    on something this public, he HAS TO go, but making a speech is the one step too far.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      No, Jimmy younself-appointed expert in conventional wisdom, he doesn’t have to go at all.

      • Neiman

        Let us be honest – if he did not go at all, you and the GOP would be beating him to death for not caring. Politics is like that today, do something and get beaten up, do nothing and get beaten up.

        He should go, he is President and this tragedy touches everyone. What he should not do is give a speech or allow cameras at private meetings with the families. That is his very best course of action, even though any expression of compassion from him will be so many horse apples, like his phony Clintonesque tears yesterday.

        • borborygmi

          Thanks for a well thought out response Mr. Neiman except for the comment on the tears. I didn’t know you put you self to Christ status and can now look into the hearts of men.

          • Neiman

            See Mickey’s response below, we all know fake liberal tears. I recall Billy Jeff laughing and carrying on the day of a funeral and when he spotted the camera’s pretended to wipe a tear from his eye. Same old liberal tricks with Obama, tears are not an expression of true emotion, they are political theater.

          • borborygmi

            writes the pseudo Christ. I am guessing you would have to be a rather cold hearted SOB not to shed a tear over those kids. IMO especially if you have kids or grandkids. I did, Did you?

          • Neiman

            Your attacks reveal a childish person and are not worthy of comment.

            I changed my mind, I have actually lost a child, have you? No? Then shut up. You have no idea what you are talking about, you are just another weeping liberal that uses such tragedies for your own personal and political ends.

  • Neiman

    That is the difference, isn’t it? Bush and Laura would have gone, keping it very low key, just to offer true compassion, hugs and help for the losses these families have suffered. Barak is only going there for political reasons, he doesn’t care much beyond how he can use the event to his advantage. If he were a caring person, there would be no speeches, it would be all about the families.

    • sbark

      Especially since he is a product of, and a perpetuator of……. the culture of violence against life, and a decades long party that reduces the dignity of millions via a welfare dependency in exchange for votes system.–what other end result could there be?

      A culture that values goodness is a necessary prerequisite to discouraging evil. A culture of light and life relegates evil to the diminishing margins.JC Adams

      • Neiman

        Excellent! Thanks for those thoughts.

        • $8194357

          Yup..
          dead on accurate..

  • mickey_moussaoui

    I suppose he needs to shed some more fake tears from his eye. Someone should tell the poseur that tears come out from near the nose first, not the far side. Watch the video. Heres an acting tip for you obama: Squeeze some onion juice in a hanky and keep it in your pocket. Wipe your face before you go on camera.

    • $8194357

      Ya, he is a phony for sure.
      Propaganda central is sure making hay
      with the “exit stage left” made for TV president.

      • Dakotacyr

        still just can’t get over that he will be president for another 4 years.

        • $8194357

          He is the ‘worlds’ president cyr…
          Bought and paid for…

  • Bat One

    I wonder how much the Newtown property tax payers will be billed afterwards so that our national parade horse can prance around in front of the TV cameras sharing the pain. A Clintonian sob or two, a trembling lip, then its off to Hawaii for a three week vacation, just as the taxes for those he “consoled” go up as planned!

    • $8194357

      10X

  • spud

    The biggest idiot injecting there views when they had no platform to hoist them on others to begin with was VP nominee loser Palin. Since then in views of people and her own party she has “gone away”. Giffords tragedy was her own undoing.

    • Neiman

      Yes, the lies by the left post the Gifford shooting, hurt Palin, but be sure you know they were damnable lies.

      • spud

        Yeah I am sure Mrs. Palin thought those little target images of politicians that were drawn up were cute but looking back really incredible stupid to do. No she never intended violence but sure enough she injected her self in this just as the media knew she would and once again damaged her brand. That is all she is a “brand” purpose to make globs of money while uttering nothing or offering generalities. All she has left is to write a fitness book as it looks like she will be seen less and less on Fox if they renew her contract at all. She has no platform to engage anyone on a national level anymore. By the way Neiman since this issue is not based on abortion being the one-trick pony you are surprised to hear from you. Neiman the reason that people don’t go to church much anymore or show there values on there sleeves has nothing to do with a turn against God or spirituality it has everything to do with the churches themselves and the leaders of said churches who have less than desired spirituality and moral values. People still pray to God they just don’t feel they need to do it out in the open and keep opening there wallets to see there money wasted on anything that has nothing to do with God.

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          When was dragged into it by people like you who seem to think that a bullyseye graphic on an ad the shooter wasn’t even aware of was somehow a motivation for the shooting.

          Give me a break, spud.

          • spud

            If you would have taken time to read I said she never meant it as such in fact I doubt if she saw the cute graphics done and issued as most politicians have very little to do with the daily doings of there PAC’s. If she would have taken some time and then waded in on this fine it would have gone much better for her. She came charging into like most politicians do and did not write or have any prepared statement. It just continued to show someone not quite ready for prime time. But we go after the POTUS who sorry to say Rob no matter what he does all things he deals with is going to be political. It has become the nature of the job.

        • Neiman

          Well, different opinions, I blame the fear filled attacks against Ms Palin, the lies by the left, not to mention her own personal failures..

          I think you will hear from others that say my “one trick pony” show is homosexuality, so I guess I now have a two trick pony show.

          “The reason that people don’t go to church much anymore or show [their} values on [their] sleeves has nothing to do with a turn against God or spirituality, it has everything to do with the churches themselves and the leaders of said churches who have less than desired spirituality and moral values.”

          There have been plenty of stories of such spiritual and moral failure, those failed ministers are mostly being exposed and losing their pulpits; but compared to the whole, there are a host of true, anointed ministers wholly devoted to God in a myriad of small churches that, are spiritually strong and morally fit and in their congregations a host of spirit filled Christians. So, there is absolutely no excuse except those Christians falsely using that reason want large churches, comfortable pews, no messages about hell or sin and just have a good social experience with a little bit of hymns and Christian entertainment, with messages that challenge no one.

          The main goal of “church,” really a weekly congregation of the saints is mutual worship and edification, with the Holy Spirit meeting their many needs through fellow believers. Again, there is no excuse for not going because of the failures of ministers and much harm for failing to congregate.

          If people go because they refuse to open their wallets for uses they do not approve: a. Again that is no excuse, there are many small churches that use that money for the uplifting of the believers and funding missions. b. It is not up to the believer to worry about how the money is spent, God will correct the errant pastors and He will not fail to bless the cheerful giver, even more the cheerful, sacrificial giver. c. Giving money is the hardest thing for most of us, we hate to give our money to God when we could use it ourselves. Yet, it was the Macedonian Christians the Lord commended for their sacrificial giving, from their lack of money. d. Lastly, it is important to stir up the gift of giving in imitation of Christ’s giving spirit, to give first the the brethren in need and then the poor in the world.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Palin sent inject herself into the Giffords shooting. She was dragged into it by opportunistic liberals trying to use the tragedy to smear her.

      • borborygmi

        Another Conservative blaming Palins action on the liberals. My god you Conservatives are puppets. You should be proud of that I guess.

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          Palin didn’t do anything. She had nothing to do with the Tuscon shooter. Its not even clear that Loughren knew who Palin is.

          So yes, the liberals who made wild, baseless accusations about Palin are guilty of dragging her into it.

  • awfulorv

    Luckily enough he and his crew have finished sweeping the Benghazi atrocity under the rug, are keeping Hillary incommunicado, and have slain the Romney, so although he’s very tired, according to Michelle Michelle, he will be able to make political hay out of the tragedy. He’ll have to do it without Pastor Four Feathers this time though, as he’s under suspicion of poaching Bald Eagles.

    • Bat One

      Not yet they haven’t!

  • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

    Bad taste has never been an obstacle to this Administration.

    • $8194357

      and never will…

  • 89007542

    Whether you all like it or hate it he is the leader in this country and by going to this vigil shows some compassion, and regardless who the person is those families need all the support they can get.

    Ps. I voted for romney and the president was supposed to show up for promoting some politics somewhere else today but he cancelled that to go meet these families in PERSON the way any respectable person should.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      This idea that the president needs to personally provide grief counseling for the families is a fiction no doubt concocted, long ago, by political operatives wanting to get their guy a heaping helping of good will off the back of some tragedy.

      And talking to the families isn’t the same as coopting a prayer vigil to deliver a speech.

  • DelawareBeachHouse

    I agree with Rob on this. A simple, sincere statement would have sufficed. If sincerity is a possibility.

    And my pet peeve, posted as a comment earlier: Flags at half-staff. We’ve diminished everything to emotion (which, coincidentally, benefits the Democrats).

    • Dakotacyr

      Damn, getting all emotional over the murder of 20 6-7 year olds.

  • $16179444

    seriously, what is he going to do there? fake more tears? go golfing loser.

  • Megatrend53

    Wonder if barrack HUSSEIN will send in his Goons before him to cover up every Cross and statue of Jesus with Black Drapery and plywood … so they won’t be in the same photo’s with him … for his Staged Photo OP … :(

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    Obama Derangement Syndrome. Only Rob, and the far right loons could say something this partisan…..and stupid.

  • Carabella1

    Republicans are ugly people. The views expressed here are disgusting. How typical of you people. Zero compassion for the victims; only hate for the black man in the White House. Sick.

  • ‘Tom Crawford

    I don’t agree – this is a national tragedy. It may have been local to CT, but it has been far reaching to every adult, especially those with children like myself, and I can tell you I damn well was affected by what happened.

    If the president uses this for politics then I will criticize him for that, but for him to go there, and meet with those affected, and let them and the nation know that America stands with you, and will do everything it can to help and make sure this never happens again – I won’t criticize him for that. I will applaud him for offering comfort and sympathy to all that hear his words.

    I hope that is what he sticks to, and lets it be at that – parents will not forgive him if he tries to turn this to politics off the memories and grieving of those parents…all parents. Because we are all affected by this horror…..and there is nothing more vengeful and passionate that a parent protecting their child…even the memory of our children.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      It was a political trip to capitalize on the shootings.

      It’s ghoulish.

      • ‘Tom Crawford

        And what is it that he is capitalizing on?
        You say this is a political trip – how has he politicized this?

        What has he done or said at this point that has made this a political trip that he is capitalizing on in your eyes?

        I listened to him speak, and while I by far do not like Obama’s policies, I could not fault him for his speech, and if those affected by this horror can draw comfort from his words then it is not a waste.

  • Rick Olson

    I have to agree that President Obama’s presence at the vigil didn’t really add anything. It simply turned into what was going to be a time of gathering for the people of the community into a photo op for the president. I caught part of it last night on TV and every few seconds, the cameras cut to the president quietly and politely listening to the speakers on the stage. I must have came in after the president had spoke.

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