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Obama: D.C. Public Schools Are "Struggling"
NBC Washington ^ | September 27, 2010 | Staff

Posted on 09/27/2010 7:47:52 AM PDT by MaestroLC

President Barack Obama said Monday morning during a live interview on NBC that his daughters couldn't get the same quality education at a District public school that they currently get at their private school.

Obama says the schools in the District of Columbia are "struggling," though he said there have been some important steps made in the direction of reform.

The president's daughters, Malia and Sasha, attend the Sidwell Friends School, an elite private school. Public schools in Washington have faced criticism for their low test scores and high graduation rates.

The president took a question from Florida resident Kelly Burnett:

"I wanted to know if Malia and Sasha would get the same high-quality, rigorous education in a D.C. public school as compared to the very elite private academy they're attending now?"

"I'll be blunt with you. The answer is 'no' right now," Obama said. "The D.C. Public School systems are struggling. They have made some important strides over the past several years to move in the direction of reform. There are some terrific individual schools in the D.C. system. ...

"I'll be very honest with you. Given my position, if I wanted to find a great public school for them to be in, we could probably maneuver to do it. The broader problem is that for a mom or dad who are working hard and who don't have a bunch of connections, don't have a lot of choice in where they live, they should be getting the same quality education for their kids as anybody else."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: arth; democrats; education; liberals; obama; public; publiceducation; publicschools; schools; vouchers; washingtondc
Candidate Obama promised real education reform. He promised to slay vested interests. And yet, here he is today complaining about a District that had the one real school reform that was giving children a chance of success in education. But he killed that successful program with the passage of the omnibus spending bill in 2009. Obama and Democrats do not care about poor children and threw them into the gutter for the sake of the teachers union. Meanwhile, Obama gets to send his kids to an elite private school and denies that same opportunity to the rest of us. Typical of the Ruling Class elite.

FLASHBACK: (Big Government, December 31, 2009) Democrats Officially Kill Successful DC Voucher Program

1 posted on 09/27/2010 7:47:56 AM PDT by MaestroLC
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To: MaestroLC

so are your numbers ^%($#


2 posted on 09/27/2010 7:49:41 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: MaestroLC

This from the jerk who killed school choice in D.C.

He blows.


3 posted on 09/27/2010 7:50:40 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: holdonnow

FYI Mark...


4 posted on 09/27/2010 7:52:07 AM PDT by MaestroLC ("Let him who wants peace prepare for war."--Vegetius, A.D. Fourth Century)
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To: MaestroLC
Just kills me. As you point out, they had a voucher program that was working well. Obama and Eleanor Holmes Norton disapproved of it, and killed it.

I saw interviews with tearful black mothers saying "This is my baby's only hope! He can't go back to the public schools! He can't! He's doing really well at this private school, but I can't afford to send him there if I don't have this voucher!"

Obama is a hateful, hateful man.

5 posted on 09/27/2010 7:53:32 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Things will change after the revolution, but not before.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
This from the jerk who killed school choice in D.C.

I'd put the blame on who it belongs, the idiots in DC who voted 93% for 0bama with his stating flat out that he would do everything he could to kill school choice.

The same group of idiots also voted out the current mayor who was actually doing something to fix the schools in DC and replaced him with yet another liberal who has no interest in fixing the school system. Yes, they chose to go backwards.

Instead of sympathizing with the residents of DC, we should be doing everything we can to get the 23rd amendment to the Constitution repealed.

6 posted on 09/27/2010 7:53:51 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: MaestroLC

Some animals are more equal than others.


7 posted on 09/27/2010 7:54:10 AM PDT by maine yankee
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To: MaestroLC

SO LET’S GIVE THEM MORE MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!


8 posted on 09/27/2010 7:54:20 AM PDT by Mr. K (GO! PALADINO FOR GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK!)
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To: ClearCase_guy

find that news story!!! we need to make her heard


9 posted on 09/27/2010 7:54:57 AM PDT by Mr. K (GO! PALADINO FOR GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK!)
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To: MaestroLC
At $13,000 per student, D.C. is #1 in spending:

http://www.epodunk.com/top10/per_pupil/
10 posted on 09/27/2010 7:55:05 AM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: MaestroLC

And the way to fix that isn’t to fire Michelle Rhee, it’s to CLONE her.


11 posted on 09/27/2010 7:55:19 AM PDT by nina0113
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To: MaestroLC

It is STUNNING he went down this road...especially now.
His complete disconnect with the country is amazing.
(I know, I know...I should be used to it by now...)


12 posted on 09/27/2010 7:57:15 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: Recovering_Democrat
This from the jerk who killed school choice in D.C.

As is typical with the leftists in all matters... they want the ISSUE, not the SOLUTION.

13 posted on 09/27/2010 7:57:54 AM PDT by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Why did he say he could have pulled strings to get his daughters into the better public schools of DC? Why didn’t he do that then? It would have been a powerful statement if he had sent his own kids to public schools. But instead, he sent them to an elite private school.

It’s funny sometimes these topics come up, where liberals deride rich Republicans for not having a vested interest in public schools, and sending their own kids to private schools, etc. But we see that wealthy Democrats do the same thing, and avoid sending their own kids to the public schools. As much as good liberals praise the public schools, those with a choice avoid those schools.


14 posted on 09/27/2010 7:58:01 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: pnh102

“I’d put the blame on who it belongs, the idiots in DC who voted 93% for 0bama with his stating flat out that he would do everything he could to kill school choice.”

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I agree. Even separate from the fact that the DC population is overwhelmingly Black, anyone who has a job there is employeed by the Feds or some offshoot from the Feds.

They’re going to vote for the Leftist, elitist, Big Gov Guy every time. Then there is wailing and gnashing of teeth when their little Johhny suffers from the obvious Big Gov law.

What did they expect? Morons. Leftist-voting morons.


15 posted on 09/27/2010 8:04:19 AM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: MaestroLC

“Waiting for Superman” is being released. When this film hits, the NEA and Democrats will be embarrassed even further.


16 posted on 09/27/2010 8:04:38 AM PDT by TommyDale (Independent - I already left the GOP because they were too liberal)
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To: MaestroLC

Dems will never figure out that you cannot just throw money at a problem and hope it fixes itself. Without engaged parents and dedicated teachers that money is just wasted.


17 posted on 09/27/2010 8:05:05 AM PDT by brothers4thID (http://scarlettsays.blogspot.com/)
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To: MaestroLC
under obama and his trained flying monkeys, the whole country is struggling. This is just another ploy for him to get his socialist/islamic hooks into the school children...first DC, then the nation.

Any animal is most vicious when it is wounded...so lookout for his lame-duck attacks.


usslameduck


18 posted on 09/27/2010 8:06:31 AM PDT by FrankR (obama can only be what WE allow him to be.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Here is the thing. Your mayor is a crackhead and people keep voting for him, making them idiots. Well if your parents are idiots there’s a good chance you will be an idiot also.

Unfortunately for the one’s who aren’t idiots and want to escape to get a better education, the man they worhip cut that option off at the knees.

And in 2010 and 2012 the idiots will reelect the same idiots.

Idiots.


19 posted on 09/27/2010 8:06:36 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Remember March 23, 1775. Remember March 23, 2010)
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To: Doogle

But, but, but... I thought DC schools were the epitome of liberal ideas in action... how could that be bad? /s


20 posted on 09/27/2010 8:07:15 AM PDT by GOPJ (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2589165/posts)
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To: nina0113
And the way to fix that isn’t to fire Michelle Rhee, it’s to CLONE her.

Amen. The teacher's union is trying to get her out because she is for vouchers and good schools there. Saw some of this on Fox's The WSJournal program. Sounds like Obama may be on the right side on this one. At least what he says, what he does may be something else.

21 posted on 09/27/2010 8:08:50 AM PDT by Hattie
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To: MaestroLC

What Obama really is saying, ‘we’re going to keep you people on the welfare plantation so you are obligated to vote for your meager increases in handouts. We cannot afford to give your children a quality education because they would possibly realize what we are doing in Washington’.


22 posted on 09/27/2010 8:09:34 AM PDT by doc
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Yes, our President and his Secretary of Education both have said “we’ll pursue whatever works.” And yet, despite the proven progress that the DC Opportunity Scholarships were delivering (and the healthy competition it was bringing to the public school system) their debt to the Teachers’ Unions was much more important.

I would love to see an advertisement showing the Obama girls going off in their limo to Sidwell Friends while those denied their Opportunity Scholarships are sent off to the work-houses of the DC Public Schools.

PS: Where did Arne Duncan chose to live when he came to Washington? Not in DC, I can assure you.


23 posted on 09/27/2010 8:10:27 AM PDT by ReleaseTheHounds ("The problem with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money." M. Thatcher)
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To: ClearCase_guy
I saw interviews with tearful black mothers saying "This is my baby's only hope! He can't go back to the public schools! He can't! He's doing really well at this private school, but I can't afford to send him there if I don't have this voucher!"

And they'll ALWAYS vote for the black guy/gal, no matter how hateful.

24 posted on 09/27/2010 8:11:21 AM PDT by kromike
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To: doc

You are onto something, keeping people dependent is their goal, insulating power. School unions and their Marxist politician allies need dummies to rule over, like Jesse Jackson requires poor blacks to ensure his blackmailing business thrives. If they learned to be self sufficient, the game is over for the Left via ‘compassion’.


25 posted on 09/27/2010 8:17:51 AM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: ReleaseTheHounds

i’m not sure “arne” and his “partner” have children...does he?


26 posted on 09/27/2010 8:19:49 AM PDT by ldish (Looking forward to Independence Day)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Didn’t Jimmy Carter have his daughter in the public schools at first and it was a disaster. Although, maybe that’s where she learned so much about nuclear proliferation.


27 posted on 09/27/2010 8:21:04 AM PDT by conservativebuckeye
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To: Mr. K

He’s proposing thousands of new teachers with bigger, fatter salaries. It’s called votes and the majority are women.


28 posted on 09/27/2010 8:22:14 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Yes, and I bet virtually all of those tearful black mothers voted for Obama.


29 posted on 09/27/2010 8:23:09 AM PDT by conservativebuckeye
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To: MaestroLC

Replace the word “struggling” with “run by commielib social engineers who desire the destruction of Western Civilization” and you will have properly defined the problem.


30 posted on 09/27/2010 8:23:39 AM PDT by Seruzawa (If you agree with the French raise your hand - If you are French raise both hands.)
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To: kromike

They wouldn’t vote for the black guy if it was Clarence Thomas or Ken Blackwell. Of course, they aren’t really black.


31 posted on 09/27/2010 8:25:19 AM PDT by conservativebuckeye
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To: MaestroLC

Is he the mayor of DC now? I don’t pay property taxes there so I don’t want to support DC schools! Raise the rich politicians property taxes to support their school district, don’t pass it on to the rest of the country!


32 posted on 09/27/2010 8:26:51 AM PDT by thomas16
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To: MaestroLC
President Barack Obama said Monday morning during a live interview on NBC that his daughters couldn't get the same quality education at a District public school that they currently get at their private school.

Ouch..that's gotta hurt there DC teachers union folk. Got more money for him and that hopey changy stuff?

33 posted on 09/27/2010 8:30:42 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Don Corleone

However, he doesn’t want less fortunate black children to receive that same quality of education. Typical Marxist.


34 posted on 09/27/2010 8:35:16 AM PDT by conservativebuckeye
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To: MaestroLC

What does Obama really know about the public DC schools? His daughters sure have never been in one. Not that I blame him - I wouldn’t let my kids go to any of them either.


35 posted on 09/27/2010 8:54:54 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: MaestroLC
Thomas Sowell sums up everything that is wrong with the city of Washington DC nicely in his column "The Politics of Resentment" http://tinyurl.com/22sqlkr .

Few things have captured in microcosm what has gone so painfully wrong, where racial issues are concerned, like the recent election for mayor of Washington, D.C.

Mayor Adrian Fenty, under whom the murder rate has gone down and the school children's test scores have gone up, was resoundingly defeated for re-election.

Nor was Mayor Fenty simply a passive beneficiary of the rising test scores and falling murder rates. He appointed Michelle Rhee as head of the school system and backed her as she fought the teachers' union and fired large numbers of ineffective teachers-- something considered impossible in most cities across the country.

Mayor Fenty also appointed the city's chief of police, Cathy Lanier, who has cracked down on hoodlumism, as well as crime.

Either one of these achievements would made mayors local heroes in most other cities. Why then was he clobbered in the election? ~snip~

In short, the mayor appointed the best people he could find, instead of running a racial patronage system, as a black mayor of a city with a black majority is apparently expected to. He also didn't spend as much time schmoozing with the folks as was expected. ~snip~

How did we reach the point where a city is so polarized that an overwhelming majority of the white vote goes to one candidate and the overwhelming majority of the black vote goes to the opposing candidate?

How did we reach the point where black voters put racial patronage and racial symbolism above the education of their children and the safety of everyone?

There are many reasons but the trend is ominous. One key factor was the creation, back in the 1960s, of a whole government-supported industry of race hustling.

President Lyndon Johnson's "war on poverty"-- a war that we have lost, by the way-- bankrolled all kinds of local "leaders" and organizations with the taxpayers' money, in the name of community "participation" in shaping the policies of government.

These "leaders" and community activists have had every reason to hype racial resentments and to make issues "us" against "them."

36 posted on 09/27/2010 9:05:44 AM PDT by Nahanni
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To: MaestroLC

Cognitive dissonance is a fascinating thing...

DC had a mayor who supported all the right policies for the children. They have a school chancellor who is very effective in cleaning the mess of the DC school system and who the mayor supports.

So, what did the DC voters do? They kicked the mayor out and voted in a teacher’s union hack. This could also mean that chancellor Michele Rhee will be replaced when the hack takes office.

Same here in New York’s 30th Congressional District. Parents have been clamoring FOR Charter Schools after a study showed kids in charter schools perform better by a statistically significant margin than union controlled schools. Who was against more charter schools ? Bill Perkins ( Dem candidate for State Senate ). His opponent, Basil Smirkle was FOR charter schools.

Guess who won in the primaries ? Bill Perkins !!

The voters clamor for charter schools, yet when push comes to shove, they vote in the man who fought against it and allied himself with the teacher’s union.

GO FIGURE !!


37 posted on 09/27/2010 9:11:04 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: evets

It’s more than $13,000 I’m sure. Newark, NJ, is from $22,000 to $24,000 per kid (depending on who you hear it from), half of the 40,000 students graduate, 20% of them go on to college where they have to take remedial courses and some guy just gave Newark $100 million which will probably wind up in some sort of slush fund since so far no one knows what to do with it.

Zuckerberg should have set up a scholarship fund for parents who wanted to pull their kids out of the public schools, but that’s not politically correct and might damage his empire.


38 posted on 09/27/2010 9:22:57 AM PDT by goldi (')
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To: MaestroLC

If children won’t get motivated to be educated, no amount of money spent on schools will succeed.

And for a teacher to be judged on how well an unmotivated student does on a test will also not succeed.


39 posted on 09/27/2010 9:45:57 AM PDT by ex-snook ("Above all things, truth beareth away the victory")
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ANOTHER REASON TO HOMESCHOOL

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The main Homeschool Ping List handles the homeschool-specific articles. I hold both the Homeschool Ping List and the Another Reason to Homeschool Ping list. Please freepmail me to let me know if you would like to be added to or removed from either list, or both.

40 posted on 09/27/2010 10:56:54 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Don Corleone

standard reply to that is “that’s only because public schools have to take everyone and private schools do not”...


41 posted on 09/27/2010 10:58:19 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: MaestroLC

Typical elitist entitlement mentality.


42 posted on 09/27/2010 10:58:35 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: maine yankee

I’ve often heard that Obama was cossetted and pampered his entire life. I’ve also heard that he never went to a public school. Is this true? If so, his attitude toward vouchers is cruelty itself. And don’t both his daughters go to a posh private school? The more I know about Obama the more disgusted I become.


43 posted on 09/27/2010 11:03:51 AM PDT by donaldo
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To: evets
At $13,000 per student, D.C. is #1 in spending:

So, spending more money is not the solution to the problem. The real problem is the students and teachers. It's hard to attract good teachers to work in a war zone full of dolts. The students that had any interest in academic achievement were attracted to the charter school. Ditto for the teachers. Self selection for academic excellence. The rest are present because the government requires them to be present. Neither party is much interested in education. Teachers are present for a pay check. Parents are happy to have a government child care and feeding program. Students do as the government mandates. Politicians get to pander to the teacher's union to buy more votes. The rest of us get to pay for this travesty.

44 posted on 09/27/2010 11:10:27 AM PDT by Myrddin
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To: donaldo

Most people do become more disgusted with him the more they find out about him. Unfortunately, two years ago, very few people outside this site knew a damn thing about him. Since Brian Williams, Katie Couric, Charlie Gibson, etc. didn’t do their jobs, the people were uninformed as to who he was. Actually, that’s not quite right. They did do their jobs. Their job was to make sure the people knew the myth of Obama and not the truth.


45 posted on 09/27/2010 11:12:27 AM PDT by conservativebuckeye
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To: evets

Yur number is too low...try 28170/per pupil....with TOTAL DC education budget = to GDP of Belize!!!!

http://mjperry.blogspot.com/2010/02/dc-public-schools-129-trillion-28170.html


46 posted on 09/27/2010 11:28:10 AM PDT by mo
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To: MaestroLC

Obama. . . privatize education - simple solution. The amount of money saved would be astronomical and the quality of education would increase tenfold.


47 posted on 09/27/2010 11:34:03 AM PDT by mia
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To: EQAndyBuzz
Your mayor is a crackhead and people keep voting for him, making them idiots.

Actually, the crackhead hasn't been mayor for a while, but point well taken.

48 posted on 09/27/2010 12:25:19 PM PDT by RockinRight (if the choice is between Crazy and Commie, I choose Crazy.)
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To: ex-snook

A student who doesn’t give two sh*ts about learning won’t do well in school no matter what.


49 posted on 09/27/2010 12:26:22 PM PDT by RockinRight (if the choice is between Crazy and Commie, I choose Crazy.)
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To: Doogle

Another one of his ‘Joe the plumber’ moments where he speaks the so called truth as he sees it.


50 posted on 09/27/2010 1:44:07 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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