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WHAT A DIFFERENCE CHARACTER MAKES: Black Tie Black Eye
BlueStarBase.org ^ | April 27, 2003 | Barbara Stanley

Posted on 04/27/2003 9:37:38 AM PDT by EveningStar

Every year there is a black tie ‘do’ in DC that has the president making a few self-deprecating remarks for the press people to gloat about and then some entertainment and everybody goes home laughing. But not this year and not with this president. Hallelujah, I’m a happy camper at last!

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: barbarastanley; beltway; bush; character; press; pressclub; washingtonpress

1 posted on 04/27/2003 9:37:38 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar
WHAT A DIFFERENCE CHARACTER MAKES
Black Tie Black Eye

by Barbara Stanley



One of the things that has always bothered me the most about DC is the railing against each other by day and then going out for a drink together in the evening.

How can folks who are diametrically opposed in goals duke it out (like gentlemen for the most part, on the Right side of the aisle), one wanting smaller government and lower taxes, the other, big government and all kinds of social programs, tax and spend democrats and then yuck it up at the local watering hole. It always boggled my mind and it is one of the things about politics that I find so distasteful. This kind of behaviour gave rise to the “old-boys club” and “inside the Beltway deals” that are odious to me. How can you really believe in something for hours during the day and then put those strong beliefs away in the evening? I have had a few try to explain this to me and condescendingly at that, that this is “politics” and I’m just some dumb skirt, pat me on the head and I’ll go to my sewing.

Every year there is a black tie ‘do’ in DC that has the president making a few self-deprecating remarks for the press people to gloat about and then some entertainment and everybody goes home laughing. But not this year and not with this president. Hallelujah, I’m a happy camper at last!

While the first speaker, the incoming president of the self-important press folks spoke, the talking in the room, for the most part, still went on. A complete example of how rude most of these self-important reporters are. They couldn’t even shut up and listen to their newly installed chief. It was annoying to me to try to listen to this guy as he fumbled to get the audiences attention. It was also embarrassing to watch.

Then George Bush was introduced and the room took on a hush. I could tell they were all waiting for George to let bygones by bygones, swallow the crap he has been getting from them all year and mock himself for their enjoyment. But, with Helen Thomas, hair all done up and looking spiffy right there on the dais as though she held some kind of special place in the scheme of things, George showed them all what class really looks like.

This was no a joke-fest, like a few years back, with Imus sweating bullets and talking about Bill (The Pig) Clinton’s astro-turf in the back of the truck while Bill and Hill glaringly watched. Nope, this was a new day for the lot of them and Bush put them all in their place (at the feeding trough below the bottom rung). I really wish I had taped the thing, so I could watch and listen over and over as the room was so quiet you could hear a pin drop as they sat salivating for the headlines of the articles they would write the next day.

George Bush, freshly victorious in the Liberation of Iraq, was one class act. He got up, he spoke and his topic was the men who died in Iraq, two of the press’ own: Michael Kelly and David Bloom. He commended them for their work; he lauded them for their lives and George finished his remarks, of some length, with the last email that David Bloom sent home to his wife. David told his wife that here he was, in the prime of his career on the eve of his fortieth birthday, in a war zone with the troops as the newly created “embedded” reporter and that all that was really important was her, his wife, their children and Jesus.

Yes, George Bush said the name that has virtually everyone in the press nattering: Jesus. He said it with conviction; he said it with respect and he said it with love. Then he sat down. And the audience sat stunned! I almost couldn’t believe my eyes and ears.

It was pure joy to watch the emcee get up, flustered as all get out, trying to fill the gap in time for the band to set up for the entertainment. I only watched a few more minutes before I felt my heart leap with such gratitude that I thought I would cry. Finally a man who stands by his convictions, who cares truly about the previous year and his work during that time, a time of great challenge as France, Germany, Russia, Red China, the United Nations and the press called him out on his decision to liberate Iraq. A year that saw Bill Clinton and Jimmah Carter speak out publicly against Bush, while traveling around as though they were still in charge, dealing with the enemy as the press told us what great peacemakers they were.

Bush is my cowboy and aren’t we glad we still have men like him to lead this country. The cowboy is revered by those who understand the true definition of this kind of man; a man slow to anger, never one to pick a fight, always ready to defend the defenseless, a man who has stones and backbone and heart and is willing to go out and face down the badguys, even if it means his own destruction.

For the last year, almost the entire press has slung the arrows at George, has mocked, has ridiculed, has trashed him mercilessly and has done it on an hourly basis while they pretty much ignored the real hypocrites, to attack the Christian president. They called him stupid, they called him “shrub”, they challenged every decision as though they really cared, as though they really understood the full import of the situation and last night George showed them all he has been paying attention and has not forgotten that their actions have caused people to suffer and die more than was absolutely necessary.

Every day in every way, my esteem for this man grows and last night he said what I wanted him to say, he did what I wanted him to do and I will not forget this man is working for me. Thank you, President Bush, from the bottom of my politics-weary heart.

2 posted on 04/27/2003 9:43:35 AM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: EveningStar
Excellent!
3 posted on 04/27/2003 9:43:52 AM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: EveningStar
I think the reason there was no comedian or joking was due to our troops still in combat situations and getting killed or injured daily.
4 posted on 04/27/2003 9:44:23 AM PDT by dwilli
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To: dwilli
I think the reason there was no comedian or joking was due to our troops still in combat situations and getting killed or injured daily.

That's right. Bush knew that would be unseemly, and he honored the two dead reporters. That's proper and class.

5 posted on 04/27/2003 9:46:28 AM PDT by xJones
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To: EveningStar
Bush has a big fan in the author. I didn't see his remarks last night. Is there a transcript out there? Thanks.
6 posted on 04/27/2003 9:47:51 AM PDT by Fred Mertz
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To: EveningStar
GREAT POST!! BUMP!!! The Left derides President Bush for being a "cowboy". I always resented that until I read what a cowboy truly is in this piece. She's absolutely right and the next time I hear some Lefty call the President a cowboy, I'm going to say" Dang right and and I'm glad he's one!"
7 posted on 04/27/2003 9:50:06 AM PDT by BlueOneGolf (3rd Infantry Division: "Rock of the Marne!")
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To: Fred Mertz
There is probably a video (real Player) on the C-SPAN site.
8 posted on 04/27/2003 9:51:19 AM PDT by dwilli
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To: EveningStar
BTTT!

Read the entire article-you'll like it.
9 posted on 04/27/2003 9:54:20 AM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (Speak softly, speak slowly,be patient-when that fails, strike swiftly and decisively!)
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To: EveningStar
Excellent article.

Yes, being in a time of war makes a difference, but clinton sponsored numerous little wars and one pretty big one. I fail to remember any occasion when he spoke to the press with dignity.
10 posted on 04/27/2003 10:00:30 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: EternalVigilance
None of this is surprising to me. President Bush is all class. He is a dignified gentleman with a sense of decorum and propriety. What a contrast to Slick Willie, who behaved like trailer trash 24/7. Clinton was a constant embarassment, a buffoon who sullied our nation and the presidency. George W. Bush is a leader we can all be proud of.
11 posted on 04/27/2003 10:01:02 AM PDT by Astronaut
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To: Fred Mertz
Go here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/901028/posts
12 posted on 04/27/2003 10:01:34 AM PDT by annyokie
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To: Fred Mertz
They will probably replay it on cspan.
President Bush was great as usual. The crowd IMHO proved
that they are complete oafs. They continued talking so loudly during the speech by one of their own. Ray Charles sounded terrible and why was he chosen to entertain? Another snub of GW I think. They are aholes, thank God for President and Mrs. Bush.
13 posted on 04/27/2003 10:01:55 AM PDT by 2rightsleftcoast
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To: EternalVigilance
The cowboy is revered by those who understand the true definition of this kind of man; a man slow to anger, never one to pick a fight, always ready to defend the defenseless, a man who has stones and backbone and heart and is willing to go out and face down the badguys, even if it means his own destruction.

Great post. this quote reminds me of one I've seen attributed to John Wayne, "Real courage is when you're scared to death and you saddle up anyway and ride into the battle."

Yes, George Bush said the name that has virtually everyone in the press nattering: Jesus. He said it with conviction; he said it with respect and he said it with love. Then he sat down. And the audience sat stunned! I almost couldn’t believe my eyes and ears.

Here is the reason we have a man of class, dignity, compassion and courage for our President. May God Bless him, his team and our troops. I'm so proud to be an American standing tall with these magnificent people.

14 posted on 04/27/2003 10:13:59 AM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (Just like Black September. One by one, we're gonna get 'em.)
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To: BlueOneGolf
Agree. It takes a real man to be a cowboy.
15 posted on 04/27/2003 10:21:25 AM PDT by lonestar (Don't mess with Texans)
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To: EternalVigilance
I was disappointed to only catch the end of the show as Ray Charles sang. Sounds wonderful.

Anyone know if and when C-SPAN will replay this? I remember Clinton's Correspondents' Dinners being shown endlessly.

16 posted on 04/27/2003 10:23:13 AM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg (There are very few shades of gray.)
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To: Cicero
clinton sponsored numerous little wars and one pretty big one. I fail to remember any occasion when he spoke to the press with dignity.

Clinton and dignity just don't go together.

17 posted on 04/27/2003 10:24:58 AM PDT by sd-joe
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To: BOBTHENAILER
Bears Repeating:

Yes, George Bush said the name that has virtually everyone in the press nattering: Jesus. He said it with conviction; he said it with respect and he said it with love. Then he sat down. And the audience sat stunned! I almost couldn’t believe my eyes and ears. Here is the reason we have a man of class, dignity, compassion and courage for our President. May God Bless him, his team and our troops. I'm so proud to be an American standing tall with these magnificent people.

18 posted on 04/27/2003 10:27:53 AM PDT by litehaus
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To: F.J. Mitchell
I did read the whole thing before I posted it. Thanks. :)
19 posted on 04/27/2003 10:28:29 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EternalVigilance
It was excellent and he was sharp to mention JESUS from Bloom's letter....since MSNBC had omitted that part.

Job well done...my wife and I were mighty proud. That's why I like him even though he stumbles into the moderate pothole from time to time.
20 posted on 04/27/2003 10:30:43 AM PDT by wardaddy (just a spring clean for the May queen)
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To: EveningStar
I assumed that you had read it. The BTT! was for your post. THe read the whole thing, was intended for everyone else.

I should have added ; All in the to:block, but didn't, sorry.
21 posted on 04/27/2003 10:36:14 AM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (When I mean all, I should say all, when I mean all I should say all, when I mean all I should say...)
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To: EternalVigilance

One of the things that has always bothered me the most about DC is the railing against each other by day and then going out for a drink together in the evening.

How can you really believe in something for hours during the day and then put those strong beliefs away in the evening? I have had a few try to explain this to me and condescendingly at that, that this is “politics” and I’m just some dumb skirt, pat me on the head and I’ll go to my sewing.

Here's how and why. President Bush is aware of it and leads a rational class act from the top down.

 

Issue 101 -- Chaos House of Cards

How is it that people and society in general have prospered and increased their well being for decades yet the politicians and bureaucrats say we must have another 3,000 laws and regulations each year on top of the 100,000+ laws already on the books... That without them people and society face "disaster". People and society have done quite well without next year's 3,000 new federal laws and regulations. Why all of a sudden can people and society not continue to do quite well without them? The fact is, they'd be better off without 99% of them.

So who really benefits from 3,000 new laws and regulations each year? -- not to mention state laws and regulations. Politicians and bureaucrats. They create boogieman problems and with a complicit media towing their boogieman problems cast a net of false fear and unwarranted despair in people.

Quite literally, they create problems where none exist. They're sick in that they chose to frighten people and foist false despair on them and do that to collect their unearned paychecks. Their job security is predicated on deceiving as many people as possible.

It cost more than just two trillion dollars a year to fund government abuse. That abuse hinders people's development, especially children being indoctrinated rather than educated, harms the economy and is largely responsible for causing false booms and reality-adjusting bust cycles in markets.

Flushing that money down the toilet -- save for military defense spending -- would be better for individuals, their families and society. That's a different way of saying, can't we just pay congress to stay home and not leave their houses. Surely we'd be better off. Politicians and bureaucrats are sick and need your help.

Fully integrated honesty is key. That we have the government we have -- delivered by both Democrats and Republicans -- that has gone so far off course from the government the founders created, is a product of irrationality and dishonesty. Changing the laws via the system is almost completely useless. Politicians create dozens of unconstitutional laws before even considering repealing just one unconstitutional law.

That is not a system -- it's a quagmire of deception, irrationality, fraud and abuse.

Politics is not the solution -- politics is the problem.

Who are the parasites?
Who are the producers?
Ostracizing the parasitical value destroyers
Praise the value producers

Step one for helping politicians and bureaucrats:
Get your head out of their sandbox.

Step two: Demand that they address Issue 101. Do the same with the media.

Step three: Ostracize government officials that fail to honestly address Issue 101. Do the same with the media.

Step four: Champion science and business communities -- often under relentless attack by the government. For they create jobs, necessities, luxuries and ever greater advancements that support human life, family and society -- natural order.

How can you really believe in something for hours during the day and then put those strong beliefs away in the evening?

Their job security is predicated on making it appear that they are solving problems. Since they can't or don't dare touch on the root cause of 99% of the problems it demonstrates that they don't really believe their jobs are to actually solve real problems. Whether either side of the aisle or individual is right or wrong on any given issue is mostly inconsequential.

The plain fact is, at the root of the problem, with a very few exceptions, they're all wrong.

Continued in part two:

The New-era Trend and
How Much Does Character Count?


22 posted on 04/27/2003 10:38:26 AM PDT by Zon
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To: EveningStar; litehaus
Great post, in my haste I attributed it to EV for his transcript. Good job and thank you.
23 posted on 04/27/2003 10:47:20 AM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (Just like Black September. One by one, we're gonna get 'em.)
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To: Stand Watch Listen; GummyIII
ping
24 posted on 04/27/2003 10:52:07 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: Dr. Eckleburg
Agree this is excellent and written so well.
I don't think you missed much with Ray Charles - I left the living room and went to the kitchen to clean up.
GWB sure did look handsome and Laura was breathtaking, as usual.
We are indeed lucky this is the couple in the White House.
25 posted on 04/27/2003 10:57:41 AM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: Thank You Rush
Anyone know if the steaming plie of Michael Moore was there last night? There was a thread from a few days ago saying he might be.
26 posted on 04/27/2003 11:01:10 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult ("Read Hillary's hips. I never had sex with that woman.")
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To: BlueOneGolf
I grew up in a cowboy town.

Remember one Sunday at church when I was a very small girl fidgeting and bored until the cowboy from Montana got up to the pulpit to give his talk.

He was tall and dark, wore a bolo tie, cowboy boots and talked with the classic western drawl apologizing that he wasn't good with words.

He pulled out a deck of cards and proceeded to do some real fancy card tricks (don't think that didn't get everybody's attention). And then told the "Cowboy's Deck of Cards."

See this link:

http://www.randalee.com/bbs/index.cgi?read=10650

He ended with saying a few words that have stayed with me my whole life:

"My momma didn't have much learnin', but she was a good woman and taught us good. She said son, you'll only go through your whole life with two people: yourself and God. So be good to them both."

After all these years, I have never forgotten those words of truth.

For more on the Codes of the West, see the below link:

http://www.dimensional.com/~phantomr/bwestern/creeds.htm

President Bush is indeed a cowboy.

27 posted on 04/27/2003 11:19:20 AM PDT by EverOnward
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To: EveningStar
President George W. Bush..
The REAL DEAL.

Thank God, we finally have a man that can be and should be taken seriously.

Semper Fi
28 posted on 04/27/2003 11:21:05 AM PDT by river rat (War works......It brings Peace... Give war a chance to destroy Jihadists...)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
Truthfully I didn't spot any familiar faces with the exception of Colin Powell and very few others from government; unlike other years. I think the cameras panned around to find familiar faces and couldn't come up with many or perhaps my eyes weren't working right. At least Carville didn't show up on camera. Helen Thomas was seated to the left at the head table and the President and Laura Bush had to walk in behind her chair. She had a "cute, little white barret" in her hair - maybe borrowed from a great, great, great grandchild.

I'm sure I saw "Munch" (Law and Order) standing with sunglasses on - did anyone else see this? I must say the crowd was noisey and rude while speakers were at the podium. Reminded me of watching congressional sessions when they are gaveling for order and asking people to take their seats or leave the room. Very disrespectful - to me it's true insight into how seriously they take their work and our right to have serious representation.
29 posted on 04/27/2003 11:31:57 AM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: dwilli
I think the reason there was no comedian or joking was due to our troops still in combat situations and getting killed or injured daily.

You are correct. He laughed and scratched with the best of them last year but of course this year is different. We are still fighting a war and it is a somber time for all.

30 posted on 04/27/2003 11:40:25 AM PDT by blackbart1
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To: EveningStar
Thanks so much for posting this excellent analysis of last evening's speech!!
31 posted on 04/27/2003 11:57:21 AM PDT by DrDeb
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To: rintense; ohioWfan; lawgirl; Howlin; azGOPgal
Refreshing read Ping!
32 posted on 04/27/2003 12:05:29 PM PDT by Maigrey (Member of the Dose's Jesus Freaks, Purple Aes Sedai , Jack Straw Fan Club, and Gonzo News Service)
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To: EternalVigilance
I can imagine the stunned reaction as the press heard that email home from one of their own using the name of Jesus. They never would have suspected that he harbored such weirdness.
33 posted on 04/27/2003 12:08:56 PM PDT by arthurus
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To: EternalVigilance
Why was Jennifer Love Hewitt there? And although I know Bo Derek is a Republican , where was her hottie boyfriend? She was sitting with Tom Homeland Defense.
34 posted on 04/27/2003 12:13:52 PM PDT by JustPiper (Womb to Tomb! Birth to Earth!!!)
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To: Astronaut
excellent bump
35 posted on 04/27/2003 12:27:15 PM PDT by fightinJAG (Do not play polo with George W. Bush.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
...Yes, Michael Moore attended but got falling down drunk.
36 posted on 04/27/2003 12:32:23 PM PDT by Consort
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To: EveningStar
Thank you for posting this.

I am bereft of words.

37 posted on 04/27/2003 1:56:13 PM PDT by happygrl (Praying without ceasing)
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To: 2rightsleftcoast
I'm glad someone other than me thought Ray Charles was terrible. He was a great entertainer in his prime, but age catches up to all of us. Meaning no disrespect to Ray Charles, but age most definitely has not been kind to his singing ability. The President, on the other hand, was magnificent. I simply do not know how to respect and admire a person more than I respect and admire our Dubya, and I eagerly look forward to working hard for his reelection.
38 posted on 04/27/2003 2:27:15 PM PDT by Wolfstar (Bush-Cheney: four more years!)
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To: wardaddy
...even though he stumbles into the moderate pothole from time to time.

Don't we all. God never made a perfect human being. So, since all humans are imperfect, every last one of us "stumbles into potholes from time to time."

39 posted on 04/27/2003 2:29:56 PM PDT by Wolfstar (Bush-Cheney: four more years!)
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To: sd-joe; Cicero
clinton sponsored numerous little wars and one pretty big one. I fail to remember any occasion when he spoke to the press with dignity.

Clinton and dignity just don't go together.

I was thinking of hitting the "abuse" button on that too, joe--but it wasn't in the same sentence and x42 wasn't capitalized. So I guess Cicero gets a pass. Barely.

40 posted on 04/27/2003 2:39:25 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion
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To: Wolfstar
I agree with your comments and repsect and admiration of our great president. I THINK OUR PRESIDENT CHANGED THE TONE IN WASHINGTON LAST NIGHT. I watched it twice last night. GWB is always a step ahead of the press and all the dems out there. Smart like a FOX he is.
41 posted on 04/27/2003 2:59:34 PM PDT by peekaboo
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To: xJones
"Bush is my cowboy" and to me there's nothing like a classy cowboy.
42 posted on 04/27/2003 4:06:56 PM PDT by maxwellp (Throw the U.N. in the garbage where it belongs.)
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