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Thu Nov 13, 2014, 11:49 PM

 

Merle Haggard: ‘It’s Almost Criminal What They Do With Our President’



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After being honored at the White House for his lifetime achievements in the performing arts and outstanding contributions to American culture, Merle Haggard is forming an opinion about President Barack Obama based on character, not political agenda. The 73-year-old country legend, who has actually visited the White House as a guest of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan in years past, made an appearance in Washington D.C. for the 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors. While there, he mingled with the President, the President’s wife and several other notable honorees.

“It was also nice to meet Obama and find him very different from the media makeout. It’s really almost criminal what they [the media] do with our President,” Haggard tells Rolling Stone. “There seems to be no shame or anything. They call him all kinds of names all day long, saying he’s doing certain things that he’s not. It’s just a big old political game that I don’t want to be part of. There are people spending their lives putting him down.”

“I’m sure some of it’s true and some of it’s not,” he continues. “I was very surprised to find the man very humble and he had a nice handshake. His wife was very cordial to the guests and especially me. They made a special effort to make me feel welcome. It was not at all the way the media described him to be.”

“He’s not conceited,” he adds. “He’s very humble about being the President of the United States, especially in comparison to some presidents we’ve had who come across like they don’t need anybody’s help. I think he knows he’s in over his head. Anybody with any sense who takes that job and thinks they can handle it must be an idiot.”


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Reply Merle Haggard: ‘It’s Almost Criminal What They Do With Our President’ (Original post)
Voice for Peace Nov 2014 OP
LawDeeDah Nov 2014 #1
MrScorpio Nov 2014 #2
Voice for Peace Nov 2014 #4
villager Nov 2014 #28
kelliekat44 Nov 2014 #41
RandySF Nov 2014 #3
Voice for Peace Nov 2014 #5
villager Nov 2014 #29
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Cha Nov 2014 #7
shenmue Nov 2014 #8
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MoonchildCA Nov 2014 #9
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malaise Nov 2014 #31
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Old and In the Way Nov 2014 #16
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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Thu Nov 13, 2014, 11:53 PM

1. “There seems to be no shame or anything. They call him all kinds of names

 

cough

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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Thu Nov 13, 2014, 11:54 PM

2. My hat's off to Merle. nt

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Response to MrScorpio (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 13, 2014, 11:59 PM

4. "Here's one for all the ex-convicts in the house..."

 

beautiful voice.

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Response to MrScorpio (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 04:33 AM

28. You wear your own kind of hat?

 






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Response to MrScorpio (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 03:30 PM

41. Be nice to send Merle some DU love. nt

 

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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Thu Nov 13, 2014, 11:55 PM

3. "Are the Good Times Really Over"

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Response to RandySF (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 12:00 AM

5. ooh

 

and

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Response to RandySF (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 04:34 AM

29. +1

 


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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 12:09 AM

6. Haggard's been paying attention.




Congrats on the honors Merle.

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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 12:12 AM

7. This is Great, Voice for Peace! I love anyone who can tell the difference in the Reality of

President Obama and what the pundits and hack writers are spewing.

Thank you, Merle Haggard and VfPEACE!

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Response to Cha (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 12:20 AM

8. Cool, an actual decent person

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Response to shenmue (Reply #8)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 12:35 AM

13. Country Music star!

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Response to Cha (Reply #13)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 05:06 PM

53. Back when country was country

Instead of regurgitated pop-rock sung with a forced twang and the odd fiddle thrown in here and there.

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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 12:20 AM

9. That makes me very proud to call him...

my step-step-once-removed cousin, or uncle... or something along those lines...

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Response to MoonchildCA (Reply #9)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 12:36 AM

15. To my eternal chagrin

I'm a third cousin to Rudy Giuliani.

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Response to shenmue (Reply #15)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 01:31 AM

24. Well that's one to be proud of...

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Response to shenmue (Reply #15)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 06:36 PM

56. At least it's only Rudy-

George W. Bush and I share 8th g. grandparents.

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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 12:27 AM

10. Very cool...

It's criminal the way the PukeBaggers and Haters talk about the President.

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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 12:28 AM

11. Here:

http://www.btchflcks.com/2013/03/shut-up-and-sing-the-dixie-chicks-controversy-ten-years-later.html#.VGWQTWeBqSo

Haggard, a conservative from the country scene was the only one who came to the defense of the Dixie Chicks.

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Response to Dawson Leery (Reply #11)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 05:44 AM

31. +1,000

I remember

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Response to malaise (Reply #31)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 01:59 PM

40. Vince Gill retracted his defense of the Dixie Chicks,

so he does not count.

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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 12:31 AM

12. Good for the Okie from Muscogee...quite a statement from him.

The right wing HAS treated him with no respect at all.

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Response to madfloridian (Reply #12)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 10:18 PM

61. "Okie" is a satire tune

Merle said he wrote Okie as a satire in response to all the rah rah US that was going on back then in those Viet Nam War days.

The GOP is gonna have a fit when they read Merle's observation..

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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 12:36 AM

14. What a kind thing for Merle to say

Good thing he doesn't have a current CD to release because the baggers and Duck Dynasty crowd would boycott his music for saying nice things about the president.

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Response to meadowlark5 (Reply #14)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 01:07 AM

22. But we'd buy it..

Merle ain't The Nuge...he's an artist and art ain't politics.

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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 12:43 AM

16. It's OK Merle

The Dead loved you...






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Response to Old and In the Way (Reply #16)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 06:47 AM

32. Yes they did...

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Response to Lochloosa (Reply #32)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 05:04 PM

52. Gram Parsons was also a devoted fan

Going back to the early days of Merle Haggard's career. Parsons quit The Byrds in '68 rather than accompany them for a concert tour of South Africa.

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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 12:48 AM

17. Great to hear that coming from a great artist!

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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 12:50 AM

18. "Sing Me Back Home"

One of the great Grateul Dead written by Merle. Thanks Merle!

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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 12:51 AM

19. Not surprised at his words

This song was released during Bush II. Don't let the title fool you.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Reply #19)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 05:01 PM

51. 'Don't take no shit.

 

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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 12:52 AM

20. K&R

 

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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 12:58 AM

21. Thanks Voice for Peace

Posted the link on facebook.

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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 01:19 AM

23. I'll fix your flat tire, Merle. Man, the Okie from Muskogee has come a long way.

 

Here's Pure Prairie League's homage to the Hag:

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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 03:15 AM

25. What I hear in this disclosure of how the right wing thinks

is that they believe Pres. Obama is "uppity."

While it is OK for Bush, Rumsfeld, Cheney to be arrogant insulting bullies, that damn Black man in the White House better be 'umble!

As I suspected all along ...

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Response to cilla4progress (Reply #25)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 03:25 AM

26. I think he was sincere in his appreciation

I don't think it was his intention, but emphasizing that he is humble does kind of have a "they shouldn't worry so much, he knows his place" ring.

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Response to loyalsister (Reply #26)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 07:44 AM

33. I heard that too. And that "in over his head" sort of made me wonder a bit.

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Response to loyalsister (Reply #26)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 11:07 AM

35. I didn't get that vibe from the comments, especially when followed by...

"Anybody with any sense who takes that job and thinks they can handle it must be an idiot.”

I got the impression that Merle thinks humility is a virtue in a president because it demonstrates realism as opposed to the sanctimonious condescension he seems to have witnessed in previous presidents.

If anything, I saw a really well crafted insult lobbed at Obama's predecessors in those remarks.

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Response to Pacifist Patriot (Reply #35)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 04:35 PM

47. That was my impression as well

and, I'm not really a fan of Merle Haggard, or country music, in general.

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Response to Pacifist Patriot (Reply #35)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 05:30 PM

55. That's why I said I didn't think it was intentional

For many people an arrogant black man is very different from an arrogant white man. In fact when it comes to the presidency, it has historically been expected if not desirable of them until we had president Obama.

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Response to Pacifist Patriot (Reply #35)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 08:51 PM

58. I heard it that way as well.

 

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Response to cilla4progress (Reply #25)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 03:34 PM

42. Maybe Merle didn't have the vocabulary he water, maybe he meant "gracious" The President is very

 

gracious if not humble by some standards.

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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 03:49 AM

27. 6 years of character assassination by the M$M, Merle is 100% correct.

 

There are people making millions for putting him down all day long.

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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 05:01 AM

30. Well Merle your fan base* has more to do with the attacking this President then any other group

 

You got a big old microphone that most people do not have access to what you gonna do to fix it?

* It is well know that those that buy his style of music and are mainly white, conservative and live in red states.

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Response to IdiocracyTheNewNorm (Reply #30)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 12:19 PM

36. he has had cancer. he's lucky to still be here. I love him

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Response to IdiocracyTheNewNorm (Reply #30)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 10:42 PM

63. Well, I'm white, but I live in San Francisco and have seem him play here.

Didn't see anyone who looked very conservative, though the white part was true. He has a broader "base" than just conservatives--lots of former hippies like me, for example.

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Response to IdiocracyTheNewNorm (Reply #30)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 12:16 AM

70. As a white rural progressive who listens to Country, buzz off.

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #70)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 05:33 AM

71. Gee as a White Rural Progress I don't and in my rural experience only regressives like country

 

If he had to rely only on progressive and liberals for his fan base he would be pretty much unknown to the majority of America.

Not because he is not talented, but because most liberals and progressive don't listen to or like country.

However there are always outliers in anything.

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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 08:06 AM

34. Never gave him enough credit......

love his voice, so smooth, effortless and one of a kind. Real nice to hear him say this about the POTUS.

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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 12:22 PM

37. Coming from him is especially sweet! Merle 'ain't no dam librul' :)

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Response to jillan (Reply #37)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 03:37 PM

43. So true. In one of his songs he ridicules Social Security.

So it's good to hear he said this.

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Response to madfloridian (Reply #43)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 10:39 PM

62. Big City

He is actually less conservative than you might think. He had a couple of songs there in the 2000's that were pretty critical of Bush. Being from the "outlaw" side of country music, it isn't really surprising.

He always said "Okie From Muskogee" was written from the point of view of his father's generation. He's admitted to toking a few himself!

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Response to alarimer (Reply #62)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 11:17 PM

65. I downloaded this album of his from Emusic.

Been rerecorded in stereo.

http://www.emusic.com/album/merle-haggard/the-very-best-of-vol-1/10977332/

It's one of my favorite albums.

I sort of think of him like I do Patsy Cline, more of a blues or pop than pure country.

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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 12:27 PM

38. How kind of him to say these words.

I'm sure he knows that a lot of his fan base are the ones who are saying a lot of the crap, so it's nice to see him speaking out openly and honestly.

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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 12:33 PM

39. Damn straight it is!

And the really sad thing is that republicans keep getting elected out of blind hatred for Obama.

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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 04:08 PM

44. WTF???

I think he knows he’s in over his head.

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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 04:10 PM

45. Really glad to hear him say that

especially the part about the media trashing Obama. Republicans are delusional about the media, always claiming they're on his side or what not. For those paying attention, it's mostly 24/7 Obama-bashing. The reason why the right-wing myth propagates is that they repeatedly whine about the "liberal media". It's a constant talking point for them, and is repeated regardless of the complete picture.

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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 04:17 PM

46. Now that is a Merle Haggard I never knew. Stopped listening to him in those Nixon/Reagan years

but this makes me want to reassess my attitude. Thank you Mr. Haggard.

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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 04:44 PM

48. gotta wonder if he will get the "Dixie Chicks treatment"

now. This will no doubt raise some hackles where he's from.

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Response to rurallib (Reply #48)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 11:48 PM

67. Unlikely

Merle, Johnny, Waylon and many others are completely ignored. The Repukes have moved onto something far more fitting for them - pander pop with a slide Fender.

Drinkin' burr, kickin' ace, gawd is great (allahu akbar) and choo tabakka.

Did I mention drinkin' burr? Crudweiser, of course. Those horses in the ads just make them tear up with pride about their beer flavored piss water.

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Response to IkeRepublican (Reply #67)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 02:16 PM

72. !

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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 04:45 PM

49. I heard Merle do a set a couple of years back and he was pretty great stuff.

 

He's a more complex artist and individual than many people think.

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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 04:51 PM

50. BREAKING ON FOX NEWS: Merle Haggard says Obama 'thinks he is in over his head'

Benghazi update to follow immediately after roundtable discussion on Jon Gruber, the author of the ACA

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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 05:06 PM

54. Love that guy; he's the real thing!

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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 08:43 PM

57. Glad to hear he

found the President down to earth and humble. It shouldn't be shocking.

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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 08:53 PM

59. K&R.

 

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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 09:08 PM

60. Thank you for that Merle

I think I have every major album of Merle's since 1967

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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 11:15 PM

64. The last time I saw him, Joan Baez, John Prine & Kristofferson joined him onstage to sing "Okie from

Muskogee." (At the Mountain Winery in Saratoga.) Great evening!

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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 11:35 PM

66. And this took place back in 2010

Wonder what he thinks now (about the way his com-padres have treated PO since then?) Merle is a good man. Like Johnny Cash, he's a head above the rest, and my hat's off to him

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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 11:50 PM

68. k&r...

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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 12:11 AM

69. I KNEW there was a reason I like his music so much!

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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 04:12 PM

73. Not a country fan, but I've always liked a few singers

 

Merle is one of them.

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Response to Voice for Peace (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 06:21 PM

74. R.I.P. Merle, one of America's greatest musical artists...

and an iconoclast with liberal leanings

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