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Dan Rather: (Obama) “He couldn’t sell watermelons…”

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Update 1: Title of post changed because the first info on the net regarding the quote was incorrect. We apologize.

Update2: He says “He couldn’t sell watermelons if you gave him the state troopers to flag down the traffic.”

Personally, I see nothing wrong with what Dan Rather said. It’s just another one of those inane folksy chestnuts he pulls out of his ten gallon hat. What is telling is that MATTHEWS gets kerfuffled at the “watermelon/Obama” conflation. He wasn’t able to forget Obama’s blackness for a nano second, let alone during a 20 minute speech. Matthews racism is on a hair trigger. Rather is actually the innocent, seeing nothing wrong with using a watermelon axiom to make a point about not being able to sell things to people who could really use it.

Update: Irony Curtain wonders what Matthew’s would have done had it been Newt Gingrich wandering into some wordage that had his radar pinging. Matthew’s would have sat back and salivated, and then editorialized about Gingrich’s racism. For Rather he jumps on the grenade.

» 114 Comments

  1. even steven

    March 8th, 2010

    Wow… I knew Rather was a liar, but I didn’t have him pegged as a racist, too.

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  2. Grayscape

    March 8th, 2010

    Dan…. Obama’s stealing watermelons from everybody else and giving them away for free to ingrates….not selling them. That would be evil capitalism.

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  3. Horrorman18

    March 8th, 2010

    I just heard the audio on Rush’s show and you want to hear Chris Matthews jumping in to cut Rather off….CLASSIC! If a right leaning journalist( yeah I know…count-em on 1 hand) there would be coverage of this everywhere.

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  4. merle

    March 8th, 2010

    Goverment Cheese For Everyone !

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  5. Alxandro

    March 8th, 2010

    Poor Dan, ever since the Bush Air National Guard/MS Word malfunction, he just hasn’t been the same.

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  6. FreeWillie

    March 8th, 2010

    Polls in the toilet. No agenda. The left begins to eat their own. I’m surprised that it has started this early. Wait until November. You will see the entrenched feasting on the bowels of this empty suit.

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  7. Joe

    March 8th, 2010

    I wasn’t “to the NAACP”… it was something about selling watermelons to a state trooper directing traffic on a hot day, or something. Matthews was talking over him so I didn’t hear it clearly.

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  8. Chalupa

    March 8th, 2010

    Barry couldn’t sell life insurance to a suicide bomber; he couldn’t sell BenGay to Barney; he couldn’t sell Shinola to Al Jolson…

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  9. HIppieCritic

    March 8th, 2010

    Dan Rather is a liberal and I never met a liberal who wasn’t racist. It always slips out.

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  10. Horrorman18

    March 8th, 2010

     
  11. democratsarefascists

    March 8th, 2010

    This was the first of many reasons I left the Democrat Party (I will NEVER call it Democratic again) completely over 20 years ago. When you get them alone, they’re all like this. They hate Blacks, Jews, Gays, etc. MORE for being in their party than if they weren’t. I guess when somebody votes with you, gives you complete loyalty despite the fact you work AGAINST them at every opportunity, it’s natural for you to have contempt for them.

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  12. Javelina Bomb

    March 8th, 2010

    It’s a good thing Rather is a democrat, or that would be a totally racist thing to say.

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  13. Doc

    March 8th, 2010

    Obamba couldn’t sell stretch pants to Rosie O’Donnell.

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  14. K. Lastima

    March 8th, 2010

    What’s the frequency, Dan?

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  15. even steven

    March 8th, 2010

    So Rather isn’t a liar, or what he said wouldn’t be considered racist if stated by a conservative? Tough crowd today. I guess I’ll go back over to AT or Newsbusters for a while. Later…

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  16. Reverend Idaho Spud

    March 8th, 2010

    Trivia: What famous Kenyon with a doctorate in watermelonology and a masters in fried chickeninguists also became president?

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  17. Tammy

    March 8th, 2010

    Dan is off his meds again.
    He meant to say, “fried chicken”.

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  18. Althing

    March 8th, 2010

    Sounds like he says, “couldn’t sell watermelons even if you gave him a state trooper to flag down traffic”. Probably not that racist of a statement, just a really stupid choice of analogy. Funny as hell though how Piss Matthews cut him off for fear of drawing any more crap on their obviously racist channel.

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  19. Horrorman18

    March 8th, 2010

    Doc
    I think you’re on to something….Obama couldn’t sell a bottle of ripple to Fred Sanford

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  20. Tammy

    March 8th, 2010

    Maybe he should have said, “Obama couldn’t sell koolaid to a…”

    Wait a minute.
    He DID sell the koolaid!

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  21. Grayscape

    March 8th, 2010

    Maybe Dan meant to say “Obama couldn’t sell crack in Detroit.”

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  22. rebecca

    March 8th, 2010

    FreeWillie – let the games begin – oh I just hope there’s enough in that empty suit to keep all those hungry libs happy. Took a lot of ‘courage’, Dan, to speak your feeble mind.

    H-Man — always the perfect video or screen shot. LOL

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  23. Althing

    March 8th, 2010

    Let’s face it, what Dan said was actually true, the guy can’t sell shit but the moment you’re talking about a black guy and you say the word “watermelon” then you’re an instant racist. It’s kinda like the PC world biting the libs back.

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  24. richard

    March 8th, 2010

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Poorly-rated. Like or Dislike: Thumb up -9

     
  25. Ralph

    March 8th, 2010

    Obama should have given Rather the job he wanted. Revenge can sometime be very satisfying…

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  26. FreeWillie

    March 8th, 2010

    Curious if the Avitar shows up

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  27. rebecca

    March 8th, 2010

    H-Man and Doc: Obambi couldn’t sell ice water to those in Hell…when he gets there.

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  28. Grayscape

    March 8th, 2010

    Obama couldn’t sell hairless boys to Kevin Jennings…or hiney.

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  29. Diamond Girl

    March 8th, 2010

    This has been hilarious…heard about this on Rush…found your clip this morning…thanks!

    Of course the msm remain mum…nothing like agenda…hypocrisy, double-standards~never-ending.

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  30. Snowball the Sourpuss

    March 8th, 2010

    Naw, that wasn’t racist just a poor choice of words. Saying something like “Obama couldn’t show a profit managing a Popeyes in Baton Rouge” would be racist.

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  31. Grayscape

    March 8th, 2010

    Obama couldn’t sell clean bedsheets to Robert Byrd.

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  32. illustr8r

    March 8th, 2010

    Obama couldn’t sell signed copies of Rules for Radicals to students at Berkley.

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  33. merle

    March 8th, 2010

    He could sell his birth-cert on ebay $$$$$

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  34. Horrorman18

    March 8th, 2010

    Grayscape and rebecca
    Your killing me…LMAO!!!!

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  35. Horrorman18

    March 8th, 2010

    Obama couldn’t sell footlong hot dogs to Barney Frank

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  36. Horrorman18

    March 8th, 2010

    Obama couldn’t sell a bad entitlement program to a democrat

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  37. illustr8r

    March 8th, 2010

    Obama couldn’t sell waffles to a Waffle House.

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  38. rebecca

    March 8th, 2010

    Rather didn’t say NAACP, but that doesn’t give him a pass — he picked ‘watermelon’ for some reason. That’s why it’s making news here, plus if you go to search this — you can’t find it.

    H-man — Obambi couldn’t sell Mechelle a boob belt.

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  39. Althing

    March 8th, 2010

    Obama couldn’t sell an “Obama Sucks!” bumper sticker to a Tea Party member.

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  40. Sea-Bass

    March 8th, 2010

     
  41. Horrorman18

    March 8th, 2010

    Obama couldn’t sell a pardon to Charles Manson

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  42. Horrorman18

    March 8th, 2010

    Obama couldn’t sell an underage prostitution ring to an Acorn employee

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  43. kono

    March 8th, 2010

    the only thing obama has sold so far is his soul…

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  44. illustr8r

    March 8th, 2010

    Obama couldn’t sell a polar bear to AlGore.

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  45. rebecca

    March 8th, 2010

    Zero couldn’t sell a case 20-yr old single malt to Teddy

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  46. kono

    March 8th, 2010

    obama couldn’t sell ratings to olbermann

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  47. rebecca

    March 8th, 2010

    kono – nobody could.

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  48. Dlew

    March 8th, 2010

    He couldn’t sell a cankle reducer to Hillary.

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  49. Dlew

    March 8th, 2010

    He couldn’t convince Tiger Woods to have sex with him.

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  50. kono

    March 8th, 2010

    obama couldn’t sell poygrip to a woman wearing her dead sisters teeth.

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  51. kono

    March 8th, 2010

    touche’ rebecca…lol

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  52. Reiuxcat

    March 8th, 2010

    “Zero couldn’t sell a case 20-yr old single malt to Teddy”

    Of course not, Teddy’s on the Wagon. 915 days and counting! ;-)

    Obama couldn’t sell men’s underwear to Rachel Maddow.

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  53. Reiuxcat

    March 8th, 2010

    oops, that’s 195 days and counting.

    (I’ve got to be my own worst enemy as far as my stand up career goes. What? Yeah, what career…)

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  54. rebecca

    March 8th, 2010

    Reiux — ha ha

    kono — I just had to, forgive me! ;-)

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  55. Reiuxcat

    March 8th, 2010

    Obama couldn’t sell Iran uranium centrifuges (the good kind) for purification.

    Obama couldn’t sell Aztlan back to Mexico.

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  56. Horrorman18

    March 8th, 2010

    Obama couldn’t sell Letterman a tasteless Sarah Palin joke

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  57. FreeWillie

    March 8th, 2010

    @rebecca
    “let the games begin – oh I just hope there’s enough in that empty suit to keep all those hungry libs happy”

    Let the butt whipping begin!

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  58. Reiuxcat

    March 8th, 2010

    Obama couldn’t sell IED’s to terrorist.

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  59. Reiuxcat

    March 8th, 2010

    Obama couldn’t sell unlimited memory and super fast servers. on the cheap, to admin girl.

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  60. Reiuxcat

    March 8th, 2010

    Obama couldn’t sell a new acceleration control system to Toyota.

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  61. Reiuxcat

    March 8th, 2010

    Obama couldn’t sell a beer at a NASCAR race.

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  62. Doc

    March 8th, 2010

    Obama couldn’t sell Carbon Credits to Ed Begley Jr.

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  63. Grayscape

    March 8th, 2010

    Obama couldn’t sell a HO to Tiger.

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  64. Grayscape

    March 8th, 2010

    Obama couldn’t sell a towel to Rahm Emmanuel.

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  65. Grayscape

    March 8th, 2010

    Obama couldn’t sell a botox injection to Nancy Pelosi.

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  66. Grayscape

    March 8th, 2010

    Obama couldn’t sell Amerika-hatred to Jeremiah Wright.

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  67. Grayscape

    March 8th, 2010

    Obama couldn’t sell tingly legs to Chris Matthews.

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  68. Snowball the Sourpuss

    March 8th, 2010

    Obama couldn’t sell a clue to Biden.

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  69. cg6380

    March 8th, 2010

    Damn. I got & glimpse of the headlines and thought it said something about… Rather …Ob …

    Nevermind, carry on.

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  70. Matt

    March 8th, 2010

    Obama could not sell a reality program to Fox

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  71. Uncle Al

    March 8th, 2010

    0 couldn’t sell AstroGlide in The Castro.

    (that’s a San Francrisco joke for the unfamiliar)

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  72. Uncle Al

    March 8th, 2010

    0 couldn’t sell penicillin in Vegas

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  73. Uncle Al

    March 8th, 2010

    0 couldn’t sell Korans in Mecca although he’s tried

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  74. merle

    March 8th, 2010

    Obvious : Could’nt sell Healthcare bill to America.

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  75. mmm

    March 8th, 2010

    Barry couldn’t sell popcorn to blog commenters.

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  76. niteowl

    March 8th, 2010

    Obama couldn’t sell “I H8 Bush” bumper stickers at a Code Pink convention.

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  77. niteowl

    March 8th, 2010

    Obama couldn’t sell eyeliner at a Gay Pride parade.

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  78. niteowl

    March 8th, 2010

    Obama couldn’t sell lock picking tools in a prison.

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  79. rebecca

    March 8th, 2010

    @niteowl — ROFLMAO

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  80. Chairman Bao

    March 8th, 2010

    Leave to Tingles to get World Class, thought-provoking guest commentary.

    Comedy GOLD!

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  81. Chairman Bao

    March 8th, 2010

    Barry couldn’t sell a 10 pound plate of spaghetti to “Precious”

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  82. Tim

    March 8th, 2010

    Obama couldn’t sell U-235 to a raghead.

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  83. Tim

    March 8th, 2010

    Obama couldn’t sell Pu-239 to Tehran.

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  84. Tim

    March 8th, 2010

    Obama couldn’t sell ‘Camel Lube’ to Mahmood.

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  85. Tim

    March 8th, 2010

    Obama couldn’t sell an animist Sudanese to a moslem Sudanese.

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  86. Tim

    March 8th, 2010

    Obama couldn’t sell blowjobs from Bawney Fwank’s basement.
    (not that there’s anything wrong with that)

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  87. Hippie Critic

    March 8th, 2010

    I have to disagree with my colleagues about this not being a racist comment. Of all the fruits that Rather could have used, he comes up with watermelon? How’d that one beat out apples, oranges, etc.?

    Frankly, I could care less about anyone making racist comments but if, like liberals such as Rather, you live by race baiting, you should die by it as well.

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  88. Tom Mannis

    March 8th, 2010

    Suppose Obama sweetened the offer with waffles and fried chicken?

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  89. Tom Mannis

    March 8th, 2010

    Hippie Critic, I must agree witchya. Bananas might have been a bad choice too. Or okra. Or Cheetos.

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  90. BikeDude

    March 8th, 2010

    Right On Hippie… nothing grinds them more than pointing out their hypocrasy

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  91. Chris

    March 8th, 2010

    Big deal.
    Substitute “chitlins”, or kool-aid”, or “air jordans” for “watermelon”.
    There, see – no problem!

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  92. Jimmy McW

    March 8th, 2010

    He couldn’t sell D-Cell batteries to Rachael Maddow (too obscure?)

    I just heard Rather is giving a statement on MSNBC tonight. He is going to say that “watermelon” is a word that is insulting to many people and causes many people pain. In the future we should all refrain from using “watermelon”. We should just say the W-word.

    Apparently Al Sharpton is going to have a mock funeral where he will bury the “W-Word”.

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  93. Moe Tom

    March 8th, 2010

    But he could sell honey dew, collard green, and gritts. Probably ham hocks. ribs. Other racist food. WTF!

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    March 8th, 2010

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  95. simply amazed

    March 8th, 2010

    Obama couldn’t sell propaganda to the mainstream media.

    He couldn’t sell a cut rate windmill and a solar panel to an AGW envirotwit either.

    Obama couldn’t give a lifetime of tax preparation services to little timmy geithner and most of the rest of his cabinet.

    Obama couldn’t sell Viagra to a 90 year old man married to a 25 year old babe.

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    March 9th, 2010

    Forget Barry. Nobody has a bigger man crush on him than, CHRIS MATHEWS, its sickening.I hope Chris mathews isn’t married, if so I feel so sorry for his wife!!!

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  112. Derek

    April 13th, 2010

    Oh come on! Why do people pretend they arent’ racist. Liberals can be racist, Neo cons can be racist. I am just happy they are racist against Obamas Black side…White people are still in the clear! Woooo!! Oh come on! I know you guys agree

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  113. Bill

    April 13th, 2010

    Obama couldnt’ sell the book of Mormon to Glenn Beck

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  114. Steve

    April 13th, 2010

    Obama couldn’t sell prescription pain killers to Rush!

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