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The President’s Sunday In Kenya And Ethiopia

President Barack Obama thanks the crowd after delivering a speech at Safaricom Indoor Arena, Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Nairobi. On the final day of his visit in Kenya, Obama laid out his vision for Kenya's future, and broad themes of U.S.-Kenya relations. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Auma Obama, half-sister of President Barack Obama, introduces him prior to giving a speech at the Safaricom Indoor Arena in the Kasarani area of Nairobi, Kenya Sunday, July 26, 2015. Obama is traveling on a two-nation African tour where he will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Kenya and Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Auma Obama, sister of President Barack Obama, introduces him

President Barack Obama delivers a speech at Safaricom Indoor Arena, Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Nairobi. On the final day of his visit in Kenya, Obama laid out his vision for Kenya's future, and broad themes of U.S.-Kenya relations. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama delivers a speech at Safaricom Indoor Arena in Nairobi. He laid out his vision for Kenya’s future, and broad themes of U.S.-Kenya relations

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Members of the audience at the front of the crowd listen to President Barack Obama deliver a speech at the Safaricom Indoor Arena in the Kasarani area of Nairobi, Kenya Sunday, July 26, 2015. Obama is traveling on a two-nation African tour where he will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Kenya and Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Members of the audience take selfies as President Barack Obama gives a speech behind them, at the Safaricom Indoor Arena in the Kasarani area of Nairobi, Kenya Sunday, July 26, 2015. Obama is traveling on a two-nation African tour where he will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Kenya and Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

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People cheer as President Barack Obama arrives to deliver a speech at Safaricom Indoor Arena, Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Nairobi. On the final day of his visit in Kenya, Obama laid out his vision for Kenya's future, and broad themes of U.S.-Kenya relations. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the Safaricom Indoor Arena in the Kasarani area of Nairobi, Kenya Sunday, July 26, 2015. Obama is traveling on a two-nation African tour where he will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Kenya and Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at an indoor stadium in Nairobi July 26, 2015. Obama told Kenya on Saturday the United States was ready to work more closely in the battle against Somalia's Islamist group al Shabaab, but chided his host on gay rights and said no African state should discriminate over sexuality. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama delivers a speech at Safaricom Indoor Arena, on Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Nairobi. On the final day of his visit in Kenya, Obama laid out his vision for Kenya's future, and broad themes of U.S.-Kenya relations. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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President Barack Obama, bottom right, shakes hands after delivering a speech at Safaricom Indoor Arena, Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Nairobi. On the final day of his visit in Kenya, Obama laid out his vision for Kenya's future, and broad themes of U.S.-Kenya relations. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

U.S. President Barack Obama takes the stage to deliver remarks at an indoor stadium in Nairobi July 26, 2015. Obama told Kenya on Saturday the United States was ready to work more closely in the battle against Somalia's Islamist group al Shabaab, but chided his host on gay rights and said no African state should discriminate over sexuality. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama, bottom center, shakes hands after delivering a speech at Safaricom Indoor Arena, Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Nairobi. On the final day of his visit in Kenya, Obama laid out his vision for Kenya's future, and broad themes of U.S.-Kenya relations. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama waves to the crowd as he arrives to give a speech at the Safaricom Indoor Arena in the Kasarani area of Nairobi, Kenya Sunday, July 26, 2015. Obama is traveling on a two-nation African tour where he will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Kenya and Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

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U.S. President Barack Obama waves to the crowd as he departs after his remarks at an indoor stadium in Nairobi July 26, 2015. Obama told Kenya on Saturday the United States was ready to work more closely in the battle against Somalia's Islamist group al Shabaab, but chided his host on gay rights and said no African state should discriminate over sexuality. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. President Barack Obama thanks the crowd as he departs after his remarks at an indoor stadium in Nairobi July 26, 2015. Obama told Kenya on Saturday the United States was ready to work more closely in the battle against Somalia's Islamist group al Shabaab, but chided his host on gay rights and said no African state should discriminate over sexuality. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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People cheer as the motorcade of President Barack Obama passes by on the way to deliver a speech at Safaricom Indoor Arena, Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Nairobi. On the final day of his visit in Kenya, Obama laid out his vision for Kenya's future, and broad themes of U.S.-Kenya relations. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama waves after delivering a speech at Safaricom Indoor Arena, on Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Nairobi. On the final day of his visit in Kenya, Obama laid out his vision for Kenya's future, and broad themes of U.S.-Kenya relations. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama waves goodbye to the crowd, underneath American and Kenyan flags, after delivering a speech at the Safaricom Indoor Arena in the Kasarani area of Nairobi, Kenya, Sunday, July 26, 2015.  Obama is traveling on a two-nation African tour where he will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Kenya and Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

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President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with civil society leaders at the YALI Regional Leadership Center, on Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Nairobi. On the final day of his visit in Kenya, Obama laid out his vision for Kenya's future and broad themes of U.S.-Kenya relations. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with civil society leaders at the YALI Regional Leadership Center

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President Barack Obama listens to a question during a meeting with civil society leaders at the YALI Regional Leadership Center, on Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Nairobi. On the final day of his visit in Kenya, Obama laid out his vision for Kenya's future and broad themes of U.S.-Kenya relations. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama meets with civil society leaders at the YALI Regional Leadership Center, on Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Nairobi. On the final day of his visit in Kenya, Obama laid out his vision for Kenya's futurevand broad themes of U.S.-Kenya relations. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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U.S. President Barack Obama disembarks Marine One as he arrives at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi to leave for Ethiopia aboard Air Force One July 26, 2015. Obama told Kenyans on Sunday on his first presidential trip to his father's homeland that there was

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U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he departs for Ethiopia aboard Air Force One from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi July 26, 2015. Obama told Kenyans on Sunday on his first presidential trip to his father's homeland that there was

U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he departs for Ethiopia aboard Air Force One from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi July 26, 2015. Obama told Kenyans on Sunday on his first presidential trip to his father's homeland that there was

President Barack Obama waves as he departs for Ethiopia aboard Air Force One from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya

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President Barack Obama waves as he arrives at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, on Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Addis Ababa. Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama waves as he arrives at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa. He is the first sitting U.S. president to visit Ethiopia

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Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (L) looks on as U.S. President Barack Obama (R) receives flowers from children as he arrives aboard Air Force One at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 26, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (L) greets U.S. President Barack Obama (R) as he arrives aboard Air Force One at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 26, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn greets U.S. President Barack Obama

U.S President Barack Obama, left, walks with Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn, right, after his arrival at Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Sunday, July 26, 2015.  Obama is traveling on a two-nation African tour where he will become the the first sitting U.S. president to visit Kenya and Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (center R) greets U.S. President Barack Obama as he arrives aboard Air Force One at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 26, 2015. REUTERS/ Tiksa Negeri

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, left, looks on as President Barack Obama is given a bouquet of flowers as he arrives at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, on Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Addis Ababa. Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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107 Responses to “The President’s Sunday In Kenya And Ethiopia”


  1. July 26, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Well done, NW! Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend.

  2. 7 Nena20409
    July 26, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Brilliant. Fantastic.
    Great job, NW. A true labor of -I
    🍸
    🍸
    ^5

  3. 9 Nerdy Wonka
    July 26, 2015 at 4:46 pm

  4. July 26, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    While Pres. Obama continues to do the job he was elected to do, has Sen. Sanders brought us the socialist utopia yet? Just want to know if I have to go into work tomorrow or not.

  5. 13 hopefruit2
    July 26, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Thanks Nerdy for this excellent round-up! President of the world indeed. πŸ™‚

  6. 15 hopefruit2
    July 26, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    LOL! Very impressive all the same. πŸ™‚

  7. July 26, 2015 at 4:54 pm

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    ..FLYEASE introduces a wrap-around zipper solution that opens the back of the shoe near the heel-counter, making it easier to slide the foot in and out. At the same time, the system provides sufficient lockdown and eliminates the need to tie traditional laces. Walzer’s dreams of going to college and putting on his own shoes have been achieved. He is now a sophomore at Florida Gulf Coast University and is wearing his custom Zoom Soldier 8 FLYEASE kicks all over campus. What’s more, Walzer was able to meet his basketball hero, who returned the teenager’s admiration…β€œMatthew inspired us at Nike to be able to bring something special that will not only be for himself but also for the masses,” asserts LeBron. β€œThe shoe and the inspiration he gave us is going to go way beyond Nike, Matthew and myself. I am very honored and blessed that my shoe is part of the whole process. This is an unbelievable story, and Nike has done a great job of being able to create something that’s so incredible and will last a lifetime.” As Lebron notes, the vision Hatfield brought to life was never intended for just one athlete. β€œThere is a real need for a solution like this and it feels good to be a part of something that is going to help so many people. Like the asterisk accompanying Nike’s mission statement says, β€˜If you have a body, you’re an athlete.’ That means everybody and we never forget that,” adds Hatfield…continue’

  8. 21 jackiegrumbacher
    July 26, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Thank you, for the glorious photos of PBO’s arrival in Ethiopia. What a beautiful group of children to greet him!! Our President just brings hope and joy wherever he goes.

  9. 23 Judith Fardig
    July 26, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Nerdy Wonka, thanks so much for this treasure trove! Congratulations to LP!

  10. July 26, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    HEADS UP TOD …. #BloodySundayGOP is ON!

    I have never seen anything like this from within the GOP in my entire 67 years!!

    We are watching the destruction of the Party of Lincoln, Teddy and Ike, in real time …..

    #TrustBarack

    • July 26, 2015 at 4:56 pm

      Please NW, Chips release this from spam …. I want everyone to watch history being made … Thank you!!

    • July 26, 2015 at 5:07 pm

      Really hope this comment is liberated soon. Want to be sure all of you see Cruz doing a Jeff Davis on McConnell and the ‘establishment’ GOP!! He’ll make a fine VP candidate on the Trump 2016 (GOP or Independent) ticket!

      • 28 jackiegrumbacher
        July 26, 2015 at 5:21 pm

        I wonder what the consequences of this tirade will be for Cruz. He’s shown without any doubt that he can’t function in the give and take of the Senate. He’s a spoiled little boy who will have his way or throw a very public tantrum. He’s also shown that he’s completely unfit for leadership of any kind. If the Republicans had any coherence as a party or an ounce of foresight, they would quietly work to undermine this volatile creature at every turn. There are ways to do this and a smart leader, which McConnell probably is not, could exact slow and tortuous revenge. If Cruz is allowed to get away with this, a very bad precedent has been set within the GOP caucus. It would be fun to spend the next year watching R senators fight each other, especially if they try to outdo each other in nastiness.

        • July 26, 2015 at 5:57 pm

          my concern about is that this represents a continued breakdown in the chamber of the Senate….McConnell himself led the team in 2009 in which the official policy of the GOP was Obstruction and malfunction…..

          this latest mishap in Senate only creates disgust among the citizenry…esp when you have the press touting every distortion that they can without telling it like it really is…

          a disgusted citizenry is a cynical citizenry that begins to believe that it is not worth voting or being involved….to me this is the greatest danger of a Trump….and his cohorts of extremism… and not too inspiring candidates on the DEM side….

          • July 26, 2015 at 6:18 pm

            I share your concerns, pf58, however, for me we are steadily moving toward a major inflection in American politics and I’m more and more encouraged by millennials, as well as, broader demographics of the awareness that their participation in the outcome is essential.

            McCain v Obama and Romney v Obama represented campaigns of considerable differences in values and perspectives, for sure.

            But, a campaign of Trump v Biden or even Trump v HRC would be so stark and totally motivating for the ~ 70 % of Americans who are not certifiably nuts —> to participate in landslide removal of GOP from the House, the Senate, and lots of State Governments, as well as protecting the WH.

            And, if the GOP candidate to emerge from their primary is not Trump, whomever it is will have managed to be even more alienating and vile in the eyes of that ~ 70 %, plus, Trump will run as an Independent and wreck the GOP to an extent it likely, even on the State level, will not survive.

            2016 will be seismic, we’re already experiencing considerable tremors ….

    • 33 Roberta in MN
      July 26, 2015 at 5:19 pm

      I watched that the other day live, I couldn’t believe what he said. He is a piece of work that man is.

    • July 26, 2015 at 5:27 pm

      You can do a lot of stupid things as a GOP politician and declaring war on a wily veteran like Mitch McConnell is one of them. Cruz is going to get crushed.

    • July 26, 2015 at 5:59 pm

      FYI Jackie πŸ™‚

      YUP, DerBingle!

    • 36 SUEDUVALSMITH
      July 26, 2015 at 6:38 pm

      GOD WILL BE PEELING THE REMAINS OF THIS SENATOR OFF THE HEEL OF HIS SANDAL……………..THERE IS NOTHING WORSE THAN A PRETEND CHRISTIAN!

  11. July 26, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Impressiveeeeeeeeeee….Beautiful….round up…Our President is such a wonder….

    i was so proud of how he spoke re: women and girls….his mother would be so proud…so proud of her son….but she could not be prouder of him than we are…..

    YES HE CAN!…

    Asante Sana President Barack Hussein Obama….

  12. 39 Roberta in MN
    July 26, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    I swear, I don’t know how you do all this stuff Nerdy, but I thank you from the bottom of my heart and the top. (((hugs))) This coverage has just been outstanding. It is amazing that, maybe just 10years ago we didn’t have this kind of communications world wide. Awesome.

    • 40 jackiegrumbacher
      July 26, 2015 at 5:03 pm

      Roberta, remember how we used to have to wait for the weekly news magazines to get any photos at all and that was only for the stories they deemed worthy to cover. It’s easy to take for granted how much better informed we are now.

      • 41 Roberta in MN
        July 26, 2015 at 5:17 pm

        Yes I remember, this stuff this site puts out is just beyond words. The commenters here and at Smartypants & TPV are some of the smartest people I have known in my lifetime. I am so informed and love every minute. My family goes nuts because I am so much into what is happening in the world and to the First Family. I have sent people to this site, I have posted these sites onto my FB page, mostly no comments. I bite my tongue alot. LOL. How you doing jackie? Are you feeling better? I see you have been busy with OFA and getting ready for election time. Just a busy girl you are. πŸ™‚

        • 42 jackiegrumbacher
          July 26, 2015 at 5:33 pm

          I hope you’re right, DerBingle. They can’t let Cruz get away with this rebellion.

        • 43 jackiegrumbacher
          July 26, 2015 at 5:35 pm

          Roberta, I’m still not completely recovered and have bad days and good days, but still keeping busy. Thanks for asking.

    • 44 Nerdy Wonka
      July 26, 2015 at 9:45 pm

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  13. July 26, 2015 at 5:01 pm

  14. July 26, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Thank yoooooooooooou Nerdy, awesome!!

  15. July 26, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    #ExIm

    #TrustBarack

  16. 58 arapaho415
    July 26, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    GA TODville.

    Stupendous round-the-clock coverage of President Obama in Kenya and Ethiopia.

    Thanks so much, Chips and NW!

    Donald Trump has succeeded in ratching up the crazy in the GOP, infuriatingly against the most generous, empathetic, kind-hearted President of the modern era.

    Agree with Bob, this is just the beginning of GOP outright warfare, so Dems get out of the way for their implosion.

    Good news on the domestic front:

    And here’s a reality check from @VP’s recent trip to California. You’ll love our man Joe even more after reading this article:

    • July 26, 2015 at 5:37 pm

      Thank you, Arapaho, for alerting all of us to Cathleen Decker’s fine article on @VP Biden!

      I’ve RT’d her Tweet and a couple of other Tweets (see sidebar) that reflect how important a read it is.

      • July 26, 2015 at 5:39 pm

        Just a taste … πŸ™‚

        “The presidential campaign seemed consumed last week by Trumpian madness.

        As many in his party looked on in horror, Donald Trump flung tart criticisms of fellow Republicans, denounced illegal immigration and reviled the abject failure, as he sees it, of everything touched by politicians from both parties.

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        And then, in California, came reality itself.

        It arrived in a quiet interlude toward the beginning of a speech at a manufacturing plant in North Hollywood by Vice President Joe Biden, some of whose friends are holding out hope that he will join the Democratic presidential race.”

        ibid.

  17. 61 MightyPamela
    July 26, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Uh, I say, is there a limit on how many favorites I can have?? Not like it’s easy to pick just one, massively brilliant compilation, NerdyWonka, you have outdone yourself, for which we are truly truly truly grateful!! Thank you, thank you, thank you. Namaste!! ❀

  18. July 26, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Interesting ….

  19. July 26, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Reality ….

    • 66 amk for obama
      July 26, 2015 at 9:27 pm

      Yes Bob. Now that he has lost the majority he craved for, erdogan is playing a dangerous game in the futile hope of getting back that majority.

  20. July 26, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    I love knowing I can bookmark these pages and have a great reminder of these historic events. So many beautiful memories.
    Thank you so much, NW.

  21. 69 SUEDUVALSMITH
    July 26, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    SHAME ON THE PREVIOUS PRESIDENTS FOR NOT VISITING THESE COUNTRIES…THEN AGAIN….MAYBE THER LACK OF PREVIOUS PRESENCE DID THEM A FAVOR!…PBO HAS BROUGHT THEM TRUE COMPASSION AND HONESTY.

  22. July 26, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Thank you for this place, Chipstix. Thank you for these posts, Chips and all the mighty, talented, and eloquent Blog Tyrants. Thank you NerdyWonka for this particular one. Fills my heart with joy and gratitude and wonder, and my eyes with tears, the good kind. The cleansing, renewing kind. I could not get through without this place to count on and to come to. You all work so hard, and all I do is drink it in, and share as much as I can out into the world from my little spot. Let there be great rewards for all of you, soon and always. This work blesses the world. Thankful.

  23. 72 desertflower
    July 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    No comment needed:)

  24. 73 desertflower
    July 26, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    h/t BJ

  25. July 26, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Kenya speech is gold! Thanks for making it available. Would love to have heard Auma’s intro.

  26. July 26, 2015 at 7:30 pm

  27. 90 Vicki
    July 26, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    I am awed by the TOD coverage of POTUS in Kenya and now Ethiopia. He is loved wherever he goes.

    On Bob’s, jackieg’s and prettyfoot’s discussion about Cruz and the GOP implosion, I am closest to pf’s take.

    I see the GOP’s goal since January, 2009, as one of total destruction of our government and in a way, our country.
    PBO was the most obvious target but if you take into account All the evidence—random comments demeaning the Supreme Court, for example, it is not hard to see that this is about more than winning the WH.

    The GOP controls the Senate and still Ted Cruz is aiming for its destruction.
    Something wicked this way comes…….

  28. 92 Ladyhawke
    July 26, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    JULY 26, 2015

    Senate Democrats on Affordable Care Act

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    Democratic Senators Christopher Murphy (PA), Tammy Baldwin (WI), Sherrod Brown (OH), and Bob Casey (PA) spoke to reporters about an amendment attached to the Senate highway transportation funding bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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    http://www.c-span.org/video/?327357-1/senate-democrats-affordable-care-act

  29. 93 Nerdy Wonka
    July 26, 2015 at 8:21 pm

  30. 97 hopefruit2
    July 26, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Sad news. May her soul rest in peace.

  31. 103 amk for obama
    July 26, 2015 at 9:09 pm

  32. 104 hopefruit2
    July 26, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    HAHAHAHA! Chips you win the internetz πŸ™‚

  33. 107 Marlz (@marjgra)
    July 26, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Rest in Peace Bobby Kristina … you will now be with your mother.


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