|Change We Can Believe in: Barack Obama's Plan to Renew America's Promise
The election of Barack Obama as President of the USA is a defining moment for all of us. After years of failed policies and a failed politics from Washington, change has arrived. Barack Obama now has the chance to reclaim the American dream. He has proven to be a new kind of leader - one who can bring people together, be honest about the challenges we all face, and move his nation forward. "Change We Can Believe In" outlines his vision for America and its standing in the world. In these pages you will find bold and specific ideas about how Barack Obama plans to fix the ailing American economy and strengthen its middle class, make health care affordable for all, achieve energy independence, and keep America safe in a dangerous world. "Change We Can Believe In" asks us not just to believe in Barack Obama's ability to bring change to Washington, it asks us to believe in the ability of each of us to change the world.
- IN 4 YEARS THEY'LL BE MORE CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN
This one termer, much like Jimmy Carter, doesn't understand why he won the election. He seems to think America wants his type of radical lefty European socialistic changes. He won the election because the Republicans spent like crazy, and sat idley back while the Democrats and their agenda of social engineering ruined the economy by masterminding low interest mortgages for people with no capital thus unqualified to purchase homes. His so-called stimulus package is nothing more than free spending on every crackpot liberal boondoggle that idiot Nancy Pelosi could think of. But America is getting wise to it. Enjoy your 4 years in the White House. Well, the honeymoon is almost over. Four years from now we'll get a contract with ServiceMaster who can get the black stains out of the carpet, and as they say, make it seem like it never even happened! Oh, and no, I didn't read the book....more info
Just looking around, change is a need that cannot be deferred.
We wish the change we can understood and embrace.
In my opinion, embracing is something empathetic, that may come from our vision of the mood of the people and of the time; while understanding comes from reading and listening what leaders and parties propose, have done and said.
This book has been helpful for me to better understand the change I've already embraced. I believe in it still more.
- CHANGE = ENABLING THE TEXT T0 SPEECH ON THIS BOOK
When President Obama changes the text-to-speech function to "ENABLE" that will be the kind of Change We Can Believe In! Yes - a president who is not afraid of the big bully Random House Publishers, and can make a decision on his own. The publisher has chosen to disable this feature that many depend on to read on the go, and is depended on by the blind and disabled. Does Pres. Obama even know RH has disabled this feature?
I think NOT. ...I HOPE not!...more info
- Read between the Lines
Haven't read the book since I don't need to. Why? Simple. I reviewed the "reviewers" comments. Some interesting things come to light.
1. Most of the "reviewers" are professionals. They say right out their "real" name and affiliation. Their reviews are predictable, and one could pretty much "cut and paste" one, then copy it 40-50 times. THEY ARE SYCOPHANTS.
2. Do you seriously expect us to believe that Senator Obama had the time to write 5-6 books in the last year? Come on, get real! This self-serving nonsense was penned by staffers or others that wish to raise capital for the Senator.
3. Don't believe me? Go look at Obama's financials that he submitted as required by law. You will see that he made over $4,000,000 in book royalties. Not bad for a sitting Senator that has been running a campaign non-stop for at least a year.
4. Do yourself a favor and understand this is how the politicians end-run campaign election laws. An individual may only contribute a certain amount to any one candidate...but why not buy thousands of their books and let them rake in the royalties....more info
- Great Plans
I've really enjoyed the book. I read it from cover to cover in 3 days. I could've did it in 1.5 days....but there were a few policies in his book at to look up. I really agree with about 80% of his policies.
The speeches in the back of the book are great to have as well. If you want to know ABOUT OBAMA PLANS FOR AMERICA....THEN READ THIS BOOK. BASICALLY IT IS HIS STUMP SPEECH AND POLICIES WITH MEAT....more info
- 4.5/5 Stars
Change We Can Believe In outlines Barack Obama's vision for America.
This trade sized paperback is just 288 pages, but inside the pages you will read about specific ideas about how to fix our ailing economy and strengthen the middle class, make health care affordable for all, achieve energy independence, and keep America safe in a dangerous world. They writing is clear and succinct. I especially enjoyed reading his speeches, as it has been many months since I first heard some of them. The eloquent manner in which his speeches were spoken came to life once again as I read his words.
Change We Can Believe In asks you not just to believe in Barack Obama's ability to bring change to Washington, it asks you to believe in yours as well. Yes We Can!
- Great Book On Barack Obama
My Mother is a great admirer of Pres-Elected Obama and since I had gotten her his other books I went ahead and purchased this one for her. She found the reading engaging,encouraging and uplifting. So if she is pleased with it I know it is an excellent read as she is very selective about any book she reads!...more info
- Realing the Change
CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN should be the perfect household literary companion for every American family! This book begins with a clearly articulated foreword by President-Elect Obama, who describes a burning passion to make a difference on the Chicago Southside. His commitment to America's promise to every citizen to have a fair and equal opportunity to fulfill a dream jumps off the page chapter by chapter with easy-to-follow subtitles breaking down America's infrastructure. CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE In bypasses fancy words and the political tendency to confuse everyday citizens by explaining Mr. Obama's plan for America in the most simplest expressions. Every area of our government is addressed from banking, to air-traffic control, education, and rethinking and reinventing how America promotes the responsible and domestic production of oil and natural gas. Think Green! Think simplicity! Think change! These seem to be the overriding messages that require no translations to fully grasp.
CHANGE WE CAN BELIVE IN is a handy paperback that encourages every American to become responsible and active to help realize change. It is a convenient tool to reference and even begin to explain to youth, who are a valuable component of maintaining positive change in America's future. CHANGE WE CAN BELIVE IN will inspire you to stay involved in American government on all levels because knowledge is power! Whether you have been following Mr. Obama's message since 2004 or are new to his political accomplishments, own your copy today and completely arrive at the winning significance of, "Yes, we can!"
Reviewed by Swaggie Coleman
for The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
- Obama the Cadidate's Roadmap for Change
Published back in September, /Change We Can Believe In/ was written by campaign staffers to articulate just what an Obama administration would want to accomplish. Many of the issues were hot buttons; the economy, affordable healthcare, energy independence and green job creation. The text avoids the dry, policy talk to a great degree, moving more to a step below a formal policy statement, and not quite down to a conversational style. Plenty of statistics, bullet points and facts. Quotes from Obama and others pepper the sections, providing authority to the claims and Obama's presidential worthiness. The second half of the book is transcripts of seven of Obama's key speeches, from his declaration of candidacy, to the speech in Berlin to 200,000.
Originally part of the campaign marketing, /Change We Can Believe In/ now serves two purposes: a road map for where the Obama administration wants to go, and the words Obama used to sell his vision, his candidacy and his now successful election....more info
- If you believed Johnnie Cochran, then you will believe Obama.
Obama is a liar like Cochran. If you believed Cochran's claim that O.J. was innocent of two murders, then you will believe Obama's claim that he can deliver "change" Americans can believe in. Obama's change is a form of socialism, a scheme to redistribute the wealth from those who produce to those who don't produce. His scheme is an application of the Marxist slogan, "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs". If you want to see this scheme in operation, visit New Orleans and observe the "victims" of Hurricane Katrina in inaction. Those "victims" sit around the 9th Ward watchiing volunteers from around the country, mostly white, rebuild their houses that were purchased with sub-prime mortgages. These "victims" believe that they are entitled to a free house and monthly income. Likewise, Obama's core supporters believe that they are entitled to a free house, income, health care because of their status, not because of their productivity. Cochran convinced a jury to let O.J. get away with murder. I hope that a majority of the voters will not let Obama convince them to let he and his hateful wife get away with murdering something more precious: our constitutional freedoms....more info
- Government We Can Believe In
Barack Obama's previous books, especially Audacity, speak eloquently about his vision of politics. This new books speaks with equal clarity and wisdom at greater length about his vision of government. The first two-thirds of the book present "The Plan" for reviving our broken economy, exploiting new technology, confronting our enemies abroad, and fixing a government that helps the few and ignores the many. The final third contains some of his best speeches. The book provides readable details about what President Obama's priorities would be. It successfully blends large themes--like reducing government waste and encouraging American entrepreneurship--with corresponding specifics--like requiring disclosure of legislative earmarks and exempting start-up companies from capital gains taxes. The book is as compelling as it is important....more info
Finally we have a President that actually has a book written on where he is coming from and where we are going. It's a great thought provoking book that every American can read before placing judgment on him. Great sale and delivery of product. AAA...more info
- Change We Can Believe In
This book was new and in great condition when it arrived. Keep up the good work. I look forward to doing business in the futrure!...more info
- A great piece of history to have
Barack Obama's plan in this book provides all the detail and examples that an undecided voter needs to be able to make an informed decision about him as a candidate for president.
It will be a great piece of history to own when he is elected President of the United States on Nov. 4th, 2008....more info
I was hoping this book would take the concepts Obama spoke of during his campaign and, having the leisure of a book, expand on them. I expected an in-depth treatment of his policies and goals.
Instead, this book is a tribute to redundancies and purple prose, and seems to be a protest against pronouns. It's terribly written....more info
- An End to Anti-Intellectualism ...
There are a lot of historical speeches that have been given over the long history of our nation. Many of these speeches are available in various forms, from audio presentations, films or books. Most of these are collections of speeches by numerous presidents and world leaders, but this book is a collection of speeches from just one man, and all of them have been historic. Why? Because quite simply, we're going through the biggest historic upheaval in our nation since America broke away from England and the signing of the constitution.
I think everybody with a pulse, a heartbeat or a shred of common sense now fully understands this.
Barack Obama has not just been a lightning rod for the country or a catalyst to millions of new voters, but has emotionally motivated all those that have seen him speak at rallies or on television. A political movement like this hasn't been seen since either F.D.R. or John F. Kennedy.
After the last two years, it would be near impossible to not know: 'Who is Barack Obama?' Unless you've either been hiding under a rock or purposefully turning your head from the bulk of the information streaming across the planet then you should know, without doubt, exactly who 'Barack Obama' is. If you honestly don't know, then you have an opportunity to find out with this book. And please understand, that not every person who runs for public office puts what they want to achieve in print and publish it. So, whether you like the man or not, everyone has an equal chance to know what his policies actually are, what his plans are and who he is without hearing it through the static of negative distortion.
Maybe we should expect all of our public servants to provide voters with such publications on what they want to do for us. We would get more out of them if we did. Thus, this book is invaluable now and will be even more valuable in the future two, four and six years into his Presidency.
I can imagine this book will be amended to reflect the speech that was referred to as his 'Closing Argument' and the final 'Yes We Can' speech from the evening of November 4th in Chicago. For the last several months the nation has endured a more toned down version of Barack Obama, probably because some folks didn't too much care for his ability to orate. Unfortunately, when you have a simple message and it has truth to it, it is easy to tell and quickly disseminates. Why? Because people know the truth when they hear it. That may be a bit of a grandiose statement, but it does sum up the political environment that we've all been subjected to in the last two years. The problem though is that the last two years has been short on truth and long on hyperbole.
It does bother me when I hear folks say 'he's really a slick talker', or any foolish derivation thereof. Barack Obama seems to be successfully taking on one of the biggest problems in our nation that hasn't yet been addressed (yes ... gasp ... if you can believe that).
People have long been running in fear, and breaking down into fits of furious anger over it, but it looks as though it's day is finally come and the moral compass may just shift back to what once made our country great. Good leadership, smart and sound direction based on principle, intelligence and humanity and of course - compassion.
This book is a must read that sheds the proper light on a coming Administration and the direction of our nation.
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- The Obama Team Lends Credence and Pragmatism to Their Candidate's Outline of Policies
With the party conventions over, it is now zero hour for both candidates. While John McCain's impulsiveness appears to be giving him some traction in consolidating his party base, Barack Obama reminds the American public that change is not a commodity to dole out as a pure diatribe against the Bush administration. Much like Bill Clinton and Al Gore's 1992 book, Putting People First: How We Can All Change America, the timing of this policy book from the Obama camp is a noteworthy attempt at transcending political lines to get to the heart of what change Obama proposes as President and how he plans to implement his policies as part of a strategic road map toward economic prosperity and regaining the nation's standing on a global level.
Because Obama has been so eloquent with his first two books, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance and The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, the lack of a first-person voice in the first two-thirds of the book was initially off-putting to me. However, what dawned on me as I was reading his stepwise proposals was how his policies have become larger than even his media-ready personality. The transformative nature of the text resonates more in the third person since the policies reflect a singular vision of sweeping change that is almost overwhelming in its scope but at the same time, attainable and inevitable. That is how the book reflects Obama's purest gift, the ability to inspire and to get people to look beyond their own personal needs. The Obama team divides his plan into four distinct components:
-- Reviving the economy by creating bottom-up growth, foregoing policies that protect special interest groups, and providing affordable health care.
-- Fortifying our economic future by introducing five million green jobs, investing in education, and playing a more effective role in globalization to keep up with exploding economies like China and India.
-- Rebuilding the nation's leadership on a global scale by ending the Iraqi conflict responsibly, refocusing efforts on thwarting global terrorism, and renewing alliances that have been unwisely ignored during the last administration.
-- Embracing the values of the citizenry by forging trust in the government, encouraging public participation and service, and turning the tide on the pervasive cynicism destroying the national fabric.
Obama's personal voice comes back in full force in the last third of the book with the complete text of seven rousing speeches he gave over the course of the campaign. They range from his brief tribute to fathers who take responsibility for their children's future to his clarion call in Flint, Mi, to renew American competitiveness. Three years ago, McCain co-wrote a fine book targeted to young adults, Character Is Destiny: Inspiring Stories Every Young Person Should Know and Every Adult Should Remember, which identified 34 role models, all of whom followed their conscience against seemingly insurmountable odds to achieve their sense of truth and decency. It is a book similar in intent to John F. Kennedy's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Profiles in Courage: Decisive Moments in the Lives of Celebrated Americans. Had they not become political opponents this year, I really believe McCain would have given due consideration to include Obama....more info
- What Will the Next Presidential Administration be Like?
Candidates for political office are known to make outlandish promises. They want you, the undecided voter, to think that a great, new world full of unlimited opportunity and endless bliss await you if only you cast your vote the right way. Barack Obama is no different in this regard. When he was running for office, he talked at length about the problems that America faces in the new century and what needed to be accomplished to correct the many wrongs that the United States faces in its economy, in foreign affairs, in education, and more. While on the campaign trail and while conducting interviews, Obama did what most candidates do: He presented general ideas about the changes he would make when president, offering a glimpse into his political agenda and some contrast to his main opponent.
With all the talk about change, many wondered exactly what Obama would try to change once elected and one of the responses to these requests was this book, Change We Can Believe In. This was actually published two months before the election and it serves as a blueprint for Barack Obama's plan to revive the lethargic U.S. economy, improve America's standing in the world, and increase prosperity for all.
What kind of changes does Barack Obama propose? Well, this book includes many of them, and most are not that unusual. Jump- starting the economy seems to be the number one goal of Obama, so it isn't surprising that a good deal of space in the book is devoted to economic concerns. But the book also covers other areas, like foreign relations, war, and even family values. One thing readers will notice right away with these proposals is that some are very specific while others are more general in nature. For example, one proposal is to send rebate checks of one thousand dollars to American families. Another, more general proposal is to restore fairness to bankruptcy rules. Some proposals are precisely defined, while others are left open, I assume because the details will need to be ironed out at some point in the future.
Change We Can Believe In is a highly optimistic read and it is written in a format that combines an outline with some general reading. Some of the proposals seem to contradict; like the promise to cut spending while also expanding the size of government with these proposed plans. If government waste really can be significantly cut down to size, this might be possible, but it seems like excessive optimism to me. What are the chances that Obama will be able to expand so many different programs and cut out most all of the waste in government? It certainly sounds nice, but I can't imagine this coming true. Only time will tell.
As I said before, this book was published before the general election, so a good deal of its purpose was to persuade undecided voters. But one thing that really annoys me with this book is the excessive use of the word: will. I realize this is a political book, but there is practically no way that all of these proposals will come to pass. However, the book presents the proposals like they are a certainty; like there is no doubt that Obama will accomplish everything on his agenda. At no point does the book use tentative phrases. In every instance, the book claims that each proposal will become reality, making it seem like an absolute certainty that every proposal listed in this book will come true, life will be wonderful, and the United States will experience prosperity like never before.
The seven key speeches at the end of Change We Can Believe In present some of Barack Obama's shining oratory moments and they include what were, up to the point the book was published, some of the most important speeches in the campaign. These speeches are all well- worded, even if typical for a politician. I would have preferred more talk about the specific proposals that Barack Obama will try to implement once in office, but the speeches are still a nice addition to the book.
Change We Can Believe In is a pretty good book about our president- elect and it wastes no time getting straight to the action, discussing exactly how a Barack Obama presidency will change America, hopefully for the better. The book is optimistic to the extreme and its excessive confidence gets annoying after a while. But this book still serves its main purpose quite well: Informing the curious citizen about the next president of the United States and what he plans to do once he takes the inaugural oath of office.
- Real Answers for America
This book is packed with policy and some of Barack Obama's best speeches. Highly recommended to anyone who wants to get to know him or be inspired by his groundbreaking campaign....more info
- What change?
Despite my reasonably high rating for the book (and promises therein), I have to say that I am now rather disillusioned as well as highly sceptical about a great deal of these promises. I had hoped that there would finally be some change in America - and the world, too. However, my faith in the American deomcratic system and hope for America has been disappointed.
President Obama won the elections fair and square for what he was and what he promised. There was no need for him to make Hilary Clinton (who had been in favour of the Iraq war) foreign secretary. Many of us can remember the ruthless, war-mongering Mrs. Allbright who occupied this post under her husband's term as president. Nor did President Obama have to reinstate Bush's right-hand man,Colin Powell. It seems clear that, despite our initial hopes and dreams, dark forces are operating and the president has already been forced to compromise not only key governmental positions but the future of world peace.I believe that now many voters feel betrayed as a result of these very dubious initial decisions. Hopefully, I shall be proved wrong - maybe not. We shall all have to wait and see....more info
- A Little Late
If you want to know why the Barack Obama campaign thinks you should vote for him in November 2008, this is the book for you.
It is a campaign book, lacking the distinct voice that rings through Obama's own writing. The dry writing and dated subject, banished this book to the bookcase after only three chapters. Not even worth the time to finish.
Written before the financial meltdown had become evident, it's usefulness is questionable, other than as a bit of memorabilia recalling President Obama's historic achievement....more info
- Change That Defies All Imagination
You'll also notice that a majority of the specific proposals in the book carry a price tag, as the book takes the approach, "Let's set the sea on fire, y'all work out the details." I'm not even sure an omnipotent deity could accomplish a quarter of what the Obamanon advocates. What's that other saying, "If wishes were horses, beggars would ride." And the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, too. The point is unless Obama is stopped by his oh-so-sincere pledge to not spend money he doesn't have, he's either going to tax us into beggardom or, more likely, adopt the time-tested Republican practice and borrow us into oblivion.
You have to wonder whether the young idealistic Obama, paying such close attention in his civics classes--and in his lessons on Constitutional law (which he supposedly taught by the way)--was ever exposed to the thoughtful individualism of Emerson and Thoreau. The pertinent quote I have in mind from the great Henry David is:
"The only way government ever aided any enterprise is in the alacrity with which it got out of the way."
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- Specifics on policy from a great future leader!
For all the people who act like Barack Obama is too much sizzle and not enough steak, this book disproves that notion completely. Clear policy positions and ideas to help the informed voter make their choice this election....more info
- Hardcover version?
Anyone know plans to release a HARDCOVER version of this book? Vote Tues Nov. 4th!...more info
- Wish I had read it before the election
It is a moot point now after the election ... I've voted and Obama's the next president. I just wish I had read this book earlier since it would have helped bolster my arguments with neighbors and friends regarding Obama's plan of action for the next four years. I finished this book in one day which, lately, is unusual for me as I am hitting a reading slump.
The first half of the book is a summary of the issues Obama would like to address once he is in office. He addresses the issues of global warming, education, women's rights, family planning, the war in Iraq, job security, health care, taxes and more (all issues that are dear to most Americans). I've followed his debates closely and tried to do all the research is necessary in making my decision on whom to vote and this book is a simplified guide to the issues and instead of lamenting what is wrong with our country, Obama is providing a course of action on what he would like to see happen. This is a non-partisanship book, which I really appreciate. There's no back-stabbing, no finger jabs at the previous adminstration and etc. It is just a straight-forward course of action ... if everyone in Congress will work together.
The second half of the book is his seven speeches and I will be the first to admit that listening to Obama speaking is a treasure ... wish I had the opportunity to hear him speak in person when he was in the area. Reading his speeches is almost just as good. He is an eloquent speaker and the compassion he holds for his fellow countrymen/women is evident in his speeches as well in the written word. If people still have doubts about Obama, this book is a good place to start reading. It may not be Pultizer Prize winning but it is a very good book and a start to get more information on what the Obama administration wants to have for the next four years.
Throughout his plan and his speeches, Obama has been consistent about one thing. He challenges Americans of all stages in life to work together. He challenges Americans to fight back and regain their lost dreams/hopes and he provides hope for the people. I will admit that he is the first politican who is inspiring. I've seen how many people turn off their TV sets and canvass the streets to provide a way for the people to vote. This is the first campaign where people are active in talking and sharing about their beliefs and how they would like to see things change. Obama has provided inspiration and hope for the people and it's evident in this book as well.
- "Hope Too Bright To Last?"
Finally, a president with both character and a functioning brain! This man can not only think and plan, but he has the rare ability to express what he's thinking and planning in language a wide spectrum of readers can understand. ...more info
This book is a compilation of what Obama has said throughout his campaign. If you have been paying attention, you won't find anything new. I bought it because I like the things he has had to say and now it is in this book. If you have not been paying attention then the book will be very informative....more info
- This Book Captures Barack's Vision
I read this book in one sitting. It left me feeling energized and confident that we can make a difference. Barack Obama endorses this book on his website and the book can be used as a reference for what Barack envisions for this country.
Go to his website [...] to check it out. Here's a blurb of what he says about the book:
Our movement has been built on the idea that when ordinary people come together to work for change, we can accomplish extrodinary things.
Change We Can Believe In outlines this vision for change in our country, and lays out in detail Barack's plans to fix our economy, make health care affordable for all, achieve energy independence and keep America secure. It also contains the full text of seven of Barack's landmark speeches.
Invite your friends to learn about this new book featuring Barack's speeches and his bold vision for our country. Share this message to inspire others to work for change.
In response to people who said that Barack's staff writers wrote this book. Well ... duh! You think the President of the United States is going to have time to write a book? He doesn't even have time to write speeches - that's why he has speech writers. But it doesn't mean that he doesn't believe in or he doesn't endorse what's written in the book. This book contains his speeches - that's stuff that he has approved. He definitely gave his stamp on approval for the book in the website I indicated above. ...more info
- cometh the hour cometh the man
Barack Obama's latest book, Change We Can Believe In, is indeed a sincere attempt to put forth his views and plans to renew America. The amount of thought he has put behind his seven arousing speeches speaks volume of the quality of a leader passionately engaged in envisioning problems specific to America and its global role while not forgetting its glorious idealistic past.
Like his other most successful books, Barack Obama is truly gifted in seeing the nature of problems with perfect clarity akin to distinct spots on a leopard that can be seen from distance. Little wonder that this book will have a natural and spontaneous appeal on its readers who would learn the all important secret of carrying things through.
The issues he lays bare in this book are not new and are widely debated ones in the American society. But the difference with other authors is that his book is like a lodestar and the light it emits is the light of truth and sincerity. As a result he is always ahead of time whom not only mankind but the heavens also follow. He is the congealed expression of history and out an out a futurist. Indeed He Can Be Believed.
Author of Tracing the Eagle's Orbit: Illuminating Insights into Major US Foreign Policies since Independence. ...more info
- awesome!! a really good book!!
i think this was an awesom book. i think obama is way better than mccain. go obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! good book as well...more info
- Change We Can Believe In
This is a great book,,I have read it and passed it on to my sister to read. I believe if everone would read this book,,they would be glad if they voted for Barack,,,and be amazed at his knowledge...more info
- I was mesmerized while reading!
I thought I knew a lot about Barack Obama prior to reading this book, but I learned so much about the man himself. What an inspiration. It definitely solidified my vote for him as our future president. I feel he is more than ready and has lived his whole life helping others to prove it....more info
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