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Barbra Streisand backs Obama

July 1, 2008

obama.jpgLikening Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama to a political “trailblazer,” singer Barbra Streisand has become the latest Hollywood celebrity to join the Obama campaign bandwagon, switching from her past support of Sen. Hillary Clinton.

“Barack has awakened in many of us the notion that we can again be hopeful, enabling us to believe that we are capable of lifting our brothers and sisters out of poverty, of providing quality education for all our children, of ending this unjust war in Iraq and bringing our troops home streisand.jpgsafely,” Streisand wrote on Tuesday in a posting on her Web site, http://www.barbrastreisand.com/.

“He’s reminded us ‘yes we can’…we can make the transition from fossil fuels to green energy; we can take care of our elderly and make sure that good healthcare is not just a perk for a few, but a right for every man, woman and child,” she said. ”We are experiencing not just a presidential campaign, but a movement; a movement of inspired young people who have been cynical about politics for too long.”hillary.jpg

Since narrowly defeating Clinton at the end of the U.S. primary elections in June, Obama, a Democrat from Illinois, has picked up numerous endorsements. Clinton, a U.S. Senator from New York, has appeared with him in a show of Democratic party unity. Last week, Obama held a fundraiser in Los Angeles that raised some $4 million to $5 million, and several Hollywood stars such as Dennis Quaid and Samuel L. Jackson were there.

Streisand, of course, is a major Hollywood celebrity and fundraiser for Democrats. Yet, celebrity endorsements have a mixed track record in helping candidates, the experts say. Republican candidate Sen. John McCain also has celebrity endorsements including from actors Sylvester Stallone and Robert Duvall.

Comments

What is the purpose of this story? Are we to lend any more credence to the opinion of an over the hill singer/actress than that of anyone else in this country?

Posted by Terry | Report as abusive
 

Streisand backs Obama — duh!

Posted by normal | Report as abusive
 

And, “rank”, since you asked nicely, here’s your list:

1) Senator Obama’s fight for universal children’s health care in Illinois.
2) His success bringing Republicans and Democrats together on bills such as the one in Illinois requiring police interrogations and confessions to be videotaped.
3) His leadership on ethics reform in Washington (the bill that lobbyists and special interests are complaining about right now has his name on it).
4) His bill to make the federal budget far more transparent and accessible to Americans via the Internet — we could use that openness in Texas.
5) And his vital work with Republicans to lock down nuclear weapons around the world.

There you go.

Posted by homeboy | Report as abusive
 

Please tell me you haven’t picked up your ball and gone home, “rank”.

Posted by homeboy | Report as abusive
 

Streisand supporting a democrat? Say it isn’t so!

Posted by networth | Report as abusive
 

Hey homeboy, Rank asked for 5 reasons barack hussein obama is qualified to be President. I wouldn’t hire this bozo to pick my dogs poop. Not one of your reasons qualifies him. Nice try though.

Posted by Joe | Report as abusive
 

B.S. may buy the Obama B.S. and in all likelihood enough sheeple out there will buy the ‘Hope and Change’ B.S., but what isn’t B.S. is that Obama will make Jimmy Carter like halfway competent.

I’m not a John McCain fan, but B. Hussain Obama will severly damage this country, especially with the socialist dems in charge of congress.

- No country EVER taxed itself into prosperity.
- No country EVER regulated itself into prosperity.
- No government program (at any level) is achieving its goals.
- No government program (at any level) is staying within its budget.

Obama is big government tax and spend. He talks change, but he’s a rehash of LBS’s failed policies. It’s like he copied LBJ’s memoires and put a cover stating “Obama’s Policies for Change” on it. It’s becoming a cliche, but the truth is change is all you’ll have left in your pocket.

Posted by John Hunter | Report as abusive
 

YAAWWNN!

Posted by satch | Report as abusive
 

And…. we even CARE what she thinks because what? She is a leadership and policy expert due to her career as a SINGER???

Posted by Cliff D. | Report as abusive
 

Four biggest reasons to be afraid of a “President Obama”:

#1: Obama has gotten the endorsements recently of Qaddifi, Kim Jong Il, Castro and Hamas! American liberals see this as a resume enhancement. (Did I forget any terrorists? All we need now is Achmedinajad’s endorsement.)

#2: He has stated his first priority as president will be shutting down of our nuclear defense system and will “have discussions” with extremist countries. He has no intention of protecting the American people.

#3: Obama is a muslim who will say whatever he has to for the White House. Considering that he has surrounded himself with hate-speech radicals (including the wifey.), I have yet to be persuaded he is worthy of running this country.

#4: The beheaders have said over and over they want to take over the US from within the White House. This is a very real possibility with Obama. And there are enough brainless twits in America who, if they can contain themselves from “fainting” on election day, will vote for him and probably get him elected. What better way to invoke change than to put a radical muslim in the White House?

The stupidity on the part of Obamassiah’s followers, and the destructive intentions of O himself, should have us all very afraid.

…but “change” is all that matters.

Posted by EverybodyLovesReagan | Report as abusive
 

Not that I needed one, but there’s another reason not to vote for this socialist.

Posted by Joe | Report as abusive
 

Nice try Joe, but you’re wrong. If I came up with 10 of the most ironclad reasons in the world, you wouldn’t admit it. Can you give me 27 accomplishments that qualify McCain?? After all, he’s been in Congress for 26 years. I’ll be here waiting.

Posted by homeboy | Report as abusive
 

As if there weren’t already enough reasons to vote against Barack Hussein Obama we get this caveat. Streisand is at the very top of the list of the most clueless people on the planet. She is an idiot and that’s being kind.

Posted by Ping2007 | Report as abusive
 

EverybodyLovesReagan (not):

Do you really believe Obama is a Muslim?? Is that why there was such a big flap over his CHRISTIAN pastor of over 20 years??

If you really believe that, I’ve got some oceanfront property in Arizona to give to you.

Posted by homeboy | Report as abusive
 

Yet another reason to vote for Senator John McCain!

 

I’m not the biggest McCain fan in the world, but at least he:

1. Won’t leave our military high and dry
2. Will fight the war on radical islam efficiently
3. Will be trustworthy during a terrorist attack on US soil (and if you don’t think that’s an absolute, you’re kidding yourself.)

Obama will not do any of the above. VOTE FOR MCCAIN!

Posted by EverybodyLovesReagan | Report as abusive
 

I bet most of you who think Obama is a muslim also live in Appalachia and visit Elvis regularly, too.

Posted by homeboy | Report as abusive
 

I’m still waiting for 27 accomplishments of McCain’s that qualify him to be President…

Posted by homeboy | Report as abusive
 

Yes, I believe he’s a muslim. Absolutely. And that “pastor” you’re referring to is no Christian.

Posted by EverybodyLovesReagan | Report as abusive
 

It won’t matter if our military is high and dry. It will be spread so far out in various conflicts under McCain that it won’t be effective.

Posted by homeboy | Report as abusive
 

EverybodyLovesReagan(not):

Have you ever heard of snopes.com? It’s an objective website that investigates various claims people make. Here is what they say regarding the claim that Obama is a muslim:
http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/mus lim.asp

Posted by homeboy | Report as abusive
 

EverybodyLovesReagan(not):

Why do you believe that Obama is a muslim? What evidence do you have to support that belief? And please respond with more than “his name” – that’s passe by now.

Posted by homeboy | Report as abusive
 

I don’t like Obama’s former pastor either, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t a Christian. No one knows the heart of anyone else as to that matter. And I’m sure he didn’t spend 30 years at that church because he really didn’t believe in Christianity.

Posted by homeboy | Report as abusive
 

Since this is obviously a right-wing website and full of McCain supporters, let me ask this question:

What about Senator McCain excites you and makes you want to vote for him?

I’m asking this seriously, because I just don’t see anything there.

Posted by homeboy | Report as abusive
 

EverybodyLovesReagan(not):

Regarding the statement that McCain will be trustworthy during a terrorist attack – you do realize that you’re calling someone “trustworthy” who can’t even keep the Shia and the Sunni straight, right? Joe Lieberman won’t be there to help McCain during the debates.

Posted by homeboy | Report as abusive
 

In other news, the sky is blue, water is wet, ice is cold and Babs is STILL AN INSUGNIFICANT HOLLYWOOD MORON!

Posted by kirk | Report as abusive
 

Here are several reasons why Obama will not only win in November, but will garner at least 400 electoral votes:

57% of the American public has a positive view of the Democratic Party; 39% of the Republican party. 53% want a Democratic congress; 32% a Republican congress. These gaps are the largest ever recorded (last 40 years or so) even during the years when Reagan got 500 electoral votes (1984) and the Republicans took 50+ seats in the House in 1994, or when Jimmy Carter beat Gerald Ford in 1976. There is not a single key issue where the public feels that the Republicans can do a better job than the Democrats, including terrorism, military readiness, foreign policy, the economy – the issues where they used to lead by wide margins.

Bush’s approval rating is heading for 25% in nearly all polls; McCain will not be able to disassociate himself from Bush after voting with him 100% of the time in 2008 and 95% of the time in 2007. Only 52% of Republicans are satisfied with him as the nominee; evangelicals are bailing. The Ron Paul/Bob Barr effect may be very significant, particularly in the south.

The housing sub prime lending crisis will hit its high-water mark in September or October with perhaps a half million homes under foreclosure during each of these months alone. The price of gas may come down, with Saudi and oil company cooperation, to $3.50 a gallon – not exactly a price the public is going to want to cheer.

The Republican Congressional campaign committee has about $6 million; the Dem side about $45 million; the Republicans, because of the audit of the $750,000 theft by their treasurer, will not be allowed to borrow any money until the audit is completed.

The Senate campaign committee situation is nearly as good with the Dems holding twice as much money as the Republicans and the Republicans having 23 seats to defend, of which 15 or so are vulnerable, to 12 for the Dems, with only seat even remotely in danger (Landrieu is leading by six in the latest polling). Republican leaders, in an effort to reduce expectations, are already talking about losing 8 Senate seats. It is too early for them to be upping the ante on Democrats’ expectations; the 8 loss figure actually means they are very concerned that they might lose 12 or more.

Obama will not accept federal financing, because he will be able to raise upwards of $500 million for the fall campaign, while McCain will have difficulty raising one fifth of that, assuming he doesn’t use public financing.

Current polling shows that Obama is ahead nationally by 5-7 points in nearly all major polls; 12 percent in the latest LA Times poll (which could be an outlier).

Individual state polling shows Obama well ahead in states that figured to be close; unusually close in red states that Bush took by 20+ points in 2004 (Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, even Wyoming). Even in the south, Obama is poised to make it a battle (that the Republicans will need to spend a lot of money to avoid losing) in South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Virginia and Louisiana. Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa are tending in Obama’s direction, where he already leads. Even McCain said that Arizona could go Obama’s way. Add Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and Montana to the list. Obama is already leading or close in the most recent Florida polling, he is going to win Texas – mark my words.

McCain has clearly shown that he will not be able to run a good campaign. He will certainly be helped by the Swiftboating crowd, who are running his “Truth Squad”; Obama’s wife will be treated like they used to treat Hillary, but the mood of the country is such that these kinds of Rovian attacks won’t work as well as in the past. McCain’s campaign organization borders on disastrous. The reaction to Clark’s and Webb comments that being a POW is not a qualification for president is a act of desperation.

Obama has clearly shown that he is masterful at campaign organization; his takeover of the DNC and moving its key operations to Chicago is unprecedented. The Obama campaign is already sending thousands of volunteers for six week periods to states that are not normally in play to organize block by block, county by county. His is the most sophisticated political organization in American history.

Still not convinced? The two major political betting sites have Obama a 2-1 favorite; Right Track/Wrong Track polling shows 18% of the American public think we are on the right track; 82% (a record) think we are on the wrong track. Republicans are beginning to criticize McCain for doing nothing for four months to help the down ticket candidates; he even cancelled appearances with the RNCC and RSCC which were to help raise funds for other Republicans. The generic Presidential ballot poll is 50 for Democrats; 40 for Republicans. Bush financial backers are staying away from McCain in large numbers and Wall Street contributors are backing Obama 2-1 according to the New York Daily News analysis (these guys usually know where to put their money). And the real kicker: 68% believe that McCain is too much like Bush; let’s go back to Bush’s 25% approval rating…

Obama wins this, in a HUGE way.

Posted by homeboy | Report as abusive
 

And this is news how??? Nobody really cares what she thinks, but do care that a major news service cares! What idiocy!

Posted by Jennifer | Report as abusive
 

Supported by Fidal Castro, Jane Fonda, Luis Farrahkan and now Barrbara Streisand.
Wow…. this guy must be good.

Posted by Garland | Report as abusive
 

I’m confused, I thought Barbra fled the US after Bush was elected ??
And truthfully it doesn’t matter what some movie star says.
What matters is what the candidate says. All the Obama supporters need to listen very carefully to what he says, he isn’t going to DO what you think you hear him say he is going to do.

Posted by tankfixer | Report as abusive
 

Homeboy:
I want to have a dialogue with you. Please respond to some of the issues I have with Obama. How do you explain Obama’s flip flop on his church? He attended that church for 20 years. Jeremiah Wright is without question a radical leftist and has made numerous hateful racist comments yet Obama says he wasn’t aware? Barack steps up to the plate and says he won’t distance himself from his church or his pastor who performed his marriage and baptised his children. When polls show his association with that church and Wright is hurting him he immediately distances himself from the church and his pastor. This man will do anything or say anything to get elected. There can be no other explanation. Obama has done nothing except write a book and get elected to the Senate. He hasn’t done anything that I know of except run for the Presidency for the past 3 or 4 years. I’m probably going to vote for John McCain and I have plenty of issues with him but there is no way I could ever vote for Obama. I will be voting against Obama. He’s an empty suit that is good at public speaking but his credentials stop there.

Posted by Ping2007 | Report as abusive
 

Rank..

I am formulating something now….having to do with change…and hope…something you can believe in…

Five “valid” reasons Barack should be president.

1. He is an eloquent speaker.

2. He is smart.

3. He cares.

4. He knows powerful people.

5. He can unify the nation.

Ok…so no, can’t come up with valid reasons….but hey, you can’t deny that powerful rhetoric has got him quite far.

I am just alarmed that most Americans believe these things qualify anyone to hold any position of leadership.

Imagine being trained for president without ever having to leave a classroom…when did real world experience, hands-on action, tangible results, constitutional respect, anti-communism ideals, pro-freedom, and ability to make sound decisions on the fly leave the capacity of the person we deem responsible of filling our highest leadership role.

I hope those who believe their vote is useless in their conservative state will register to vote and vote anti-socialism even if they oppose the conservative platform. I myself have never voted, being from Texas, but I feel that if I am to truly disapprove of an Obama presidency, I must use my vote even though the electoral college does not require my vote to go Republican. I am hoping an overwhelming majority of popular vote goes for McCain, hate him or love him, cause the thought of my taxes going to help someone who is to lazy to work is just to much. Popular vote will send a clear message, separate from the electoral vote. At the least, it would prove to me that the majority of Americans aren’t lazy slobs who favor socialism over hard work and freedom.

If not, I’m all for a Secession from the US and a renewal of the Republic of Texas. We will trade with other small countries like Oklahoma and Montana(no doubt they will secede as well). Perhaps Oklahoma would be open to combining into one nation, two separate states. I believe we have the resources to be a highly prosperous country. And if we stop illegal immigration into our country, we will have plenty of land and resources to accommodate the hardworking people. And we could create a lasting infrastructure instead of this stupid “Trans-Texas Corridor” that has been proposed. Maybe we must first overthrough the Texas legislature…Oklahoma seems to have their crap together..Nice job on the warning to the Feds, better late than never to let them know someone still feels they are overstepping their rights. States’ Power!

I even support California seceding and becoming their own independent nation. They should be able to do what they want, moral or not. I disagree with everything California stands for, but if their people support it, all my best wishes. You deserve every right afforded to you by the constitution, and denial of marriage is not up to the federal government. It is a states issue and if the majority want it, it should be made so. Don’t like it, move somewhere better suited to your beliefs..there are plenty of places where differing ideals are widespread and welcome.

Posted by Karlthomas | Report as abusive
 

Ping -

Please go back and read my responses at 7:13 and 7:26 above for my thoughts on Obama’s accomplishments. Also, please read response #6 in the post by stampede at 7:11 for an even better response than what I have put forth. The man has accomplished a ton – but people who don’t want to see it won’t see it.

Let me ask you in turn – what do you think McCain has done in his 26 years in Congress to justify becoming President??

Also, as far as Obama’s pastor. 20 years is a long time to speak. I’m sure if you wrote down everything I said over 20 years I’ve probably said some crazy things also. Yet my friends keep being my friends, despite not agreeing with everything I say. You don’t have to agree with everything someone says to still have a friendship with them, you know.

You may see this as a flip-flop, but he did reject those statements. What else would you like him to do? And McCain isn’t exactly a virgin at flip-flopping.

Posted by homeboy | Report as abusive
 

Ping –

This is what “stampede” said above about Obama’s views and accomplishments, and it’s totally accurate:

You want to know what Senator Obama stands for and his policies? Take the wax out of your ears and listen to an entire speech instead of a sound bite. Watched any of the 17 debates during the primaries? Read a newspaper, policy websites, or his website and you will get over 20 pages of specific policy plans and details.
Furthermore, he has published TWO books on every detail of his personal life and his policies. From those sources, you would have learned what his comments on the supreme court ruling meant: that he is against the death penalty except when it comes to crimes against children-including rape. But also respects the ruling of the judicial branch of government.

Whenever, I hear someone say that they don’t know any thing about Senator Obama, I assume that they are either blind, deaf, or just illiterate.

Posted by homeboy | Report as abusive
 

Karlthomas-

Do you really believe that there is a realistic possibility of several states seceding? Because I bet there’s almost no one in the entire country who does. Ain’t gonna happen.

Posted by homeboy | Report as abusive
 

Who cares what Babs thinks??? If no one cares, why do the right wing flaks go absolutely bananas every time she utters a word about politics? She certainly has the right to express her views at least as much as any of the folks here going blue in the face. In fact, she does something they don’t: she puts her money where her mouth is. She is one of the biggest givers and biggest fund-raisers for liberal causes. How dare she express her viewpoint. What does she think this is, a free country? Like her or not she is nearly the top selling female artist of all times, just a few records behind Elvis. She is a great success in her profession. I guess that alone drives losers nuts.

Posted by Marty | Report as abusive
 

Barbra Streisand backing Obama is definately going to be “The way we were” because if he wins, our country will never be the same again. It will be an ongoing race issue each and every day because of some group trying to get him to support it because of his background. Reverend Wright is a small example of how the media will blow up an issue like I mentioned.

Posted by Keith | Report as abusive
 

This will be a great Pres. election.
It’s funny how you dont hear alot of Mc Cain backing on TALK RADIO BUT …you hear Hannity’s”Stop Obama Express”..
Limbaugh’s also OBSESSED with Obama….Obama has em SCARED and i LOVE IT!!!!OBAMA IS THE NEXT PREZ.
They should be happy…they’ll have another 8 years of MAKING MILLLIONS!!!!
FACE IT…A MCCAIN PRESIDENCY WOULD BE BORING..JUST LIKE HIS CAMPAIGN….AT LEAST OBAMA HAS AMERICA’S ATTENTION.
WAKE ME UP AFTER GRANPA JOHNNY’S SPEECH.

Posted by TOO FUNNY | Report as abusive
 

Obama has the most radical voting record in the Senate. I have many issues with McCain but they pale in comparison to Obama. We haven’t touched on Rezko yet. As far as I’m concerned his only accomplishment is defeating Clinton but if I was a democrat I wouldn’t get too worked up about that victory. Hillary may be the most polarizing political figure in my lifetime. It amazes me he has come this far with so little. I guess we’ll see how far the hope and change rhetoric will take him. If he should win and he has a democratic congress it will interesting to see how he and congress perform. I’ve seen this before, the tide can turn quickly. Personally, I don’t like for one party to have control. They get lazy and greedy. This will be an interesting election. The left appear confident they have this one in the bag. I wouldn’t be too sure. The approval rating of the democratic controlled congress is lower than low.

Posted by Ping2007 | Report as abusive
 

That did it. I was a pole sitter waiting to see all the
positions this summer before deciding. Babbs decision has sealed my vote for McCain. What she is for I am automatically against because it will be better for the
world (not only) our country. Richard

Posted by richard | Report as abusive
 

Hellboy, one more thing – I never said I didn’t know anything about Obama and I don’t have wax in my ears, thanks for asking. I had hopes you would stay away from personal attacks. Negative personal attacks tend to lesson the effects of good debate. I read volumes, probably more than I should.

Posted by Ping2007 | Report as abusive
 

Ping –

For a point by point recitation of why McCain has absolutely zero chance to when this election, see my post above at 8:16. This isn’t even going to be close. The Dems could run Madonna and win against McCain this year. All of the headwinds favor the Democrats.

I agree with your thought about one party being in control of everything being a bad thing. I think that’s why we’re in the situation we are now – one party controlled everything from 2000-2006.

You’re free to believe Obama hasn’t accomplished anything, just as I’m free to believe he has accomplished a substantial amount in his time in State Senate and the Federal Senate. We can agree to disagree. And, as mentioned above, NO Democrat has really accomplished a heck of a lot in Congress due to partisan politics.

Question: What do you feel McCain has accomplished that merits being President? And are you excited about him? Do you have concerns about his age, his mental deterioration, his flip-flops, etc?? I think his VP selection might look better than him by comparison. I have concerns about electing a 72 year old to do the most important job in the world at such a critical time. After all, even the Medicare program says it’s time to retire at 70!!

Posted by homeboy | Report as abusive
 

I expected nothing less from this arrogant, wealthy leftist who has demonstrated that she is totally out of touch with the real world (Along with the rest of the Liberals).

Posted by Mark | Report as abusive
 

Ping –

That wasn’t something I was saying to you as far as not knowing anything and having wax in your ears. I don’t attack people like that. Go look at that post – I said this was something SOMEONE ELSE said earlier in the discussion. I was just repeating it for the other information contained in it and that was in there also. I didn’t say it, and in no way was it directed to you.

Posted by homeboy | Report as abusive
 

Ping –

Do you believe Obama is a Muslim?? I’m fascinated that some people still think that – apparently a lot of posters on this site do. That amazes me – I wonder if they still believe the earth is flat and is at the center of the world.

Posted by homeboy | Report as abusive
 

As far as I’m concerned he isn’t Muslim. I try really hard to keep race and religion out of the mix. I can understand how some people could say he has Muslim ties because of his father, his upbringing and his name. Has anyone directly asked him that question? If they did I missed it.

Posted by Ping2007 | Report as abusive
 

Gee who is Striesand? Oh I remember now. She was that ugly old woman who live in a mansion in California who said she was leaving the country if George Bush were elected President. Message to Striesand George W. Bush has been elected twice. Are you still here.
What a shock the she is backing Obama.

Posted by northstar | Report as abusive
 

Homeboy,
Regarding McCain – I am not overly excited by him and I have many concerns about him including his age. I am a conservative and I try to think with an open mind. McCain is not a conservative, neither is Bush for that matter. His choice for running mate is crucial for him to have a real chance to win in my opinion. I have considered sitting this election out pending his choice for V.P. but I believe everyone should cast a vote. What concerns me is the American public has so few good choices for public office. are these two guys the best we can do? On the other hand, even if I was qualified I could never run for office. I couldn’t handle the partisan politics or sleep at night and I would never want to put my family through that ordeal.

Posted by Ping2007 | Report as abusive
 

His father left his life when he was a small boy, and he has about as much control over what his name is as you did what your name is. In other words, none. His mother is also a white woman from Kansas, but does anyone ever take that into consideration given that she raised him. No.

Posted by homeboy | Report as abusive
 

Ping –

You’re right – what we have to choose from certainly ISN’T the best this country can do. But for a variety of reasons, most of the most qualified people don’t run. I know I would never be interested – I don’t want to give up my life like that and be under a magnifying glass all the time. You’re right that McCain’s VP selection is crucial given his age. I’ve found in interesting that Bobby Jindal (Gov of Louisiana) is often mentioned, and no one seems to be concerned about his lack of experience (he’s 36), yet he’s much more inexperienced than Obama. And it isn’t guaranteed he would never become President, given McCain’s age. I used to like McCain back in 2000, but I think that McCain is no more. Now he’s a shell of what he was, and he doesn’t know what to do with himself given the constituencies he has to win over and his pre-existing views on things.

Posted by homeboy | Report as abusive
 

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