VIDEO: Tears as President Barack Obama delivers farewell speech

Barack Obama wiped his eyes as he addressed his wife and thanked Vice-President Joe Biden in a farewell speech. His daughter, Malia, also shed a tear as she listened to her father.

Some slices of emotion were all expected in Chicago where the outgoing American president began the journey to the White House eight years ago.

With a final shout of his campaign mantra “Yes We Can,” President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged Americans to stand up for U.S. values and reject discrimination as the country transitions to the presidency of Republican Donald Trump.

In an emotional speech in which he thanked his family and declared his time as president the honour of his life, Mr. Obama gently prodded the public to embrace his vision of progress while repudiating some of the policies that Trump promoted during his campaign for the White House.

“So just as we, as citizens, must remain vigilant against external aggression, we must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are,” Mr. Obama told a crowd of 18,000 in his hometown of Chicago, where he celebrated his historic 2008 election as the first black U.S. president.

Mr. Trump, who takes office on January 20, proposed that the United States temporarily ban Muslims from entering the country, build a wall on the border with Mexico, upend a global deal to fight climate change and dismantle Mr. Obama’s healthcare reform law.

Mr. Obama made clear his opposition to those positions during fiery campaign speeches for 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, but he has struck a more conciliatory tone with Trump since the election. In his farewell speech, he made clear his positions had not changed.

“I reject discrimination against Muslim Americans,” he said in a clear reference to Mr. Trump, drawing applause.

“If anyone can put together a plan that is demonstrably better than the improvements we’ve made to our health care system, that covers as many people at less cost, I will publicly support it,” he said in another prodding challenge to his successor.

Mr. Trump has urged the Republican-controlled Congress to repeal the law right away.

AN UNREALISTIC VISION

Mr. Obama, who came to office amid high expectations that his election would heal historic racial divides, acknowledged that was an impossible goal.

“After my election, there was talk of a post-racial America,” he said. “Such a vision, however well-intended, was never realistic. Race remains a potent and often divisive force in our society.”

But the president said he remained hopeful about the work that a younger generation would do. “Yes we can,” he said. “Yes we did.”

First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, his wife Jill Biden, and many current and former White House staff members and campaign workers attended the speech. Obama wiped his eyes as he addressed his wife and thanked his running mate.

The Chicago visit is his last scheduled trip as president, and even the final flight on the presidential aircraft was tinged with wistfulness. It was Mr. Obama’s 445th “mission” on Air Force One, a perk he has said he will miss when he leaves office, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

All told, Mr. Obama will have spent more than 2,800 hours or 116 days on the plane during his presidency.

Mr. Obama plans to remain in Washington for the next two years while his younger daughter, Sasha, finishes high school. Sasha did not attend the speech. The Obamas’ older daughter, Malia, was there.

The president has indicated he wants to give Mr. Trump the same space that his predecessor, Republican President George W. Bush, gave Mr. Obama after leaving office by not maintaining a high public profile.

 

It was painful to watch US elections – Michelle Obama.

Michelle Obama, first lady of the United States, says watching the 2016 US presidential election was painful.

 

Time reports that the wife of the president revealed this while speaking to Oprah Winfrey in a farewell interview at the White House.

 

Michelle Obama and her husband, Barrack Obama, campaigned for Hillary Clinton, the presidential candidate for the Democratic party, in the US election. However, Clinton lost the campaign to Donald Trump, candidate for the Republican party.

 

“You know, this past election was challenging for me as a citizen. To watch and experience. It was painful,” Obama said during the interview.

 

“You kind of saw the tea leaves. I kind of felt like how things were going by the time I went to bed. So mentally, I’d already kind of digested it before I actually read it.”

13 Important Takeaways from Michelle Obama’s Farewell Interview with Oprah Winfrey

Michelle Obama sat down with Oprah Winfrey on Monday night for her final farewell interview at the White House, and it was just as emotional, empowering, and beautiful as you’d expect it to be.

Here are just a few of the biggest takeaways and standout revelations from the CBS interview, which will air again on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 8 p.m. on OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network.

1. This election was just as tough for her as it was for you. The First Lady hit the campaign trail hard in support of Hillary Clinton this year, but as she explained to Oprah, this election was just as hard for her as a citizen as it was for her as First Lady. In the interview, Obama revealed she had gone to bed before the results of the election were called, only to wake up and find out Donald Trump had won when she checked her phone in the morning.

“This past election was challenging for me as a citizen,” she said. “To watch and experience. It was painful.”

2. Fellow WOC, take it from her: Racism is a reflection on the people being racist more than it is a reflection on you. Throughout her time as First Lady, and even when her husband was first campaigning back in 2007, Obama has been subjected to countless racist remarks and unforgivable levels of disrespect. But while at first, these remarks took her aback, she ultimately realized that what these horrific trolls were saying wasn’t in any way a reflection on her, but more a reflection on them.

“You know, color, wealth — these things that don’t matter still play too much of a role in how we see one other,” she said. “And it’s sad, because the things that least define us as people is the color of our skin, it’s the size of our bank account. None of that matters.”

“It’s our values,” she continued. “It’s how we live our lives. You can’t tell that from somebody’s race, somebody’s religion. People have to act it out. They have to live those lives. So that was the blow back, and then I thought, OK, well, let me live my life out loud so that people can then see and judge for themselves. And that’s what I want young people to do. Just live your life.”

3. The Obamas are truly the greatest couple of all time. In the middle of the interview, President Barack Obama popped in as a surprise guest, gushing about his wife and once against proving what an incredible power couple they are.

“We all knew she was brilliant and cute and strong and a great mom,” Obama said of his wife. “But I think the way she blended purpose and policy with fun so that she was able to reach beyond Washington, on her health care initiative and her military family work, it was masterful.”

4. The First Lady has no intentions of running for office. Ever. Bursting bubbles and breaking hearts everywhere, Obama reiterated that she has no intentions of running for president in 2020 or beyond, both because of what a difficult job it is and because she wouldn’t want to put her family through it again.

“The next family that comes in here, every person in that family — every child, every grandchild — their lives will be turned upside down in a way that no American really understands,” she said. “And it’s not for us to complain about it, so you don’t hear complaints, but it is a truth, an actuality, that there is a weight to it.”

“People don’t really understand how hard this is,” she continued. “And it’s not something that you cavalierly just sort of ask a family to do again.”

5. Her mom will be leaving D.C. to go back to Chicago as soon as they’re out of office. While both the President and First Lady were vague about where they plan to move after Sasha finishes high school, the First Lady made it very clear that at least one member of the family would be peacing out as quickly as possible: her mother.

“She’s going back to Chicago — she’s, like, ‘Bye, Felicia,'” she said. “Grandma is done.”

6. Malia and Sasha are both going through their rebellious teen phase. Yes, even members of the First Family aren’t immune to teenage hormones, and given that most teens “start to bristle against all kinds of authority” at some point, it makes sense that growing up in the White House might have its own set of problems. Luckily, the First Lady acknowledged that they’ve mostly been able to work through any “tensions.”

“Imagine being 18, 17, 16, 15, and you’ve got at least eight men with guns driving you around,” she said. “Walking into your parties. You know, not letting you ride in friends’ cars. I mean, there were those tensions, for sure, that we had to sort of work through.”

7. In her opinion, her greatest achievement has been setting an example for young women everywhere — especially young black women. During her interview, she discussed how proud she is that so many young women got to see “somebody educated, strong [and] outspoken … on a regular basis” during her time as First Lady.

8. Sometimes you have to brush off the haters if you want to move forward. In order to get through her everyday life, the First Lady often just has to put on her blockers and power through — incredible advice for even us plebeians.

9. Words matter. Throughout the interview, the First Lady continuously reiterated how much words matter — especially for kids.

“Words matter,” she said. “What we say, how we behave — we are modeling to the next generation.”

10. Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey are definitely going to go glamping soon. Now that the First Lady is about to have some free time, Oprah is trying to sell her on taking a fabulous vacation. Just imagine how epic it would be to go glamping with two of the most powerful, incredible, and influential humans in the world.

11. She and the President are ready to do whatever is necessary to help the Trumps succeed. The First Lady is ready to pass on the torch to her successor, Melania Trump, and has said “the door is open.”

“Words matter,” she said. “[T]he words that we say moving forward, all of us, it matters. Which is one of the reasons why Barack and I are so supportive of this transition. Because no matter how we felt going into it, it is important for the health of this nation that we support the commander-in-chief.”

12. That being said, she still can’t wrap her head around the leaked audio tape between Trump and Billy Bush. After The Washington Post first published the clip, Obama responded with a fiery, impassioned speech pointing out precisely why it was so inappropriate and scary — and of course, she still stands by what she said 100 percent.

“You know, to have a candidate for the presidency speaking in such terms about women, as I said, was not — it was not a normal thing,” she said in the interview. “So my response, you know, in light of what I was seeing from my female staff, what I was hearing from my daughters, their reaction to it, for me required a different kind of response.”

“You can’t just stand before people and just give a regular political speech,” she continued. “Something that Barack and I have always tried to be, in this office, is honest … A lot of people had been shaken to their core. And still are. They are still feeling the reverberations of that kind of caustic language.”

13. Hope is more important than ever. Given that one of the biggest parts of Barack Obama’s campaign was hope, Oprah asked if she felt the First Lady thought her husband lived up to maintaining it.

“Yes, I do — because we feel the difference now,” she said. “See, now we’re feeling what not having hope feels like. You know? Hope is necessary. It’s a necessary concept.”

“And Barack didn’t just talk about hope because he thought it was just a nice slogan to get votes,” she continued. “I mean, he and I and so many believe that if you — what else do you have if you don’t have hope?”

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Michelle Obama Finally Reveals How She Reacted The Night Trump Was Elected

As many Americans waited into the wee hours of election night to find out who would be voted the nation’s next president, First Lady Michelle Obama says she was not among them.

Instead, she was fast asleep in her White House bed.

In a joint interview with President Barack Obama for this week’s PEOPLE cover story, the first lady breaks her silence on President-elect Donald Trump‘s stunning victory, and reveals why she didn’t stay up to see the results.

“I went to bed. I don’t like to watch the political discourse; I never have,” Obama tells PEOPLE, adding of her husband, “I barely did with him.”

The first lady was one of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton‘s most powerful surrogates on the campaign trail, where she delivered passionate speeches about the dangers of electing Trump, being careful all the while to avoid mentioning him by name.

Her now-famous mantra, “When they go low, we go high,” delivered at the Democratic National Convention in July, moved audiences and became an unofficial slogan for Clinton’s campaign.

“Anything that I felt about the election I said and I stand by,” the first lady says now, adding of her early election night, “Once you do what you can do, then the rest is easy. It was in the hands of the American people.”

Though the first lady stands by her campaign-trail criticisms of Trump, she, like her husband, is prepared to help the president-elect as he transitions to the White House.

“This is our democracy, and this is how it works,” she says. “We are ready to work with the next administration and make sure they are as successful as they can be. Because that’s what’s best for this country.”

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Michelle will never contest for president – Obama

President of the United States, Barack Obama says his wife and first lady, Michelle Obama will never run for president.

 

Obama said this in her interview with Rolling Stone Magazine.

“Michelle will never run for office,” he said.

Obama’s statement will come as shock to many who believe Michelle will make a good politician, and could beat Donald Trump in 2020.

Michelle earned rave reviews for her speech at the Democratic National Convention, where she coined the phrase, “When they go low, we go high.”

“She is as talented a person as I know,” he continued. “You can see the incredible resonance she has with the American people. But I joke that she’s too sensible to want to be in politics.”

When asked if he thinks the presidency will ultimately constrain Trump, Obama replied, “I think sitting behind that desk is sobering, and that it will have an impact on him as it has on every president.”

Outrage As Woman Calls Michelle Obama ‘Ape In Heels’

A racist Facebook post about Michelle Obama has caused a major controversy involving a town mayor in the US state of West Virginia.

Pamela Ramsey Taylor, who runs a local non-profit group in Clay County, referred to the first lady as an “ape”.

“It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified first lady in the White House. I’m tired of seeing a Ape in heels,” she said.

Local mayor Beverly Whaling responded with “just made my day Pam”.

Ms Whaling is mayor of the town of Clay, which has a population of just 491.

It has no African American residents, according to the 2010 census. In Clay County as a whole, more than 98% of its 9,000 residents are white.

Screenshot of the Facebook post, taken from WSAZ 3 news channel
 

Despite the small population in the region, the controversial Facebook post spread across United States and international media outlets, and a petition calling for both women to be terminated from their positions has collected more than 85,000 signatures.

The Washington Post and New York Daily News reported that Ms Taylor was removed from her position on Monday.

She told local news outlet WSAZ, which first carried the story, that she acknowledged her Facebook post could be “interpreted as racist, but in no way was intended to be”, and that she was expressing a personal opinion on attractiveness, not the colour of a person’s skin.

She told the news station she was considering legal action for slander against unnamed individuals.

The Clay County Development group, of which Ms Taylor is the director, is partly funded through state and federal grants, and the group provides services to elderly and low-income residents.

In a statement given to the Washington Post, Mayor Whaling said: “My comment was not intended to be racist at all” and apologised for the comment “getting out of hand.”

“I was referring to my day being made for change in the White House! I am truly sorry for any hard feeling this may have caused! Those who know me know that I’m not of any way racist!” she said.

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Michelle Obama Responds To Those Who Want Her To “Run For President” (WATCH VIDEO)

In light of this truly unprecedented election, many of those devastated with the results have openly expressed their belief that only one person is capable of saving the U.S. when Donald Trump is up for re-election in 2020: Michelle Obama.

But while the first lady has made it clear on multiple occasions she has no intentions of running for president, that hasn’t stopped her millions of fans from hoping and praying that she’ll change her mind. And it seems she might at least finally be softening up just slightly to the idea: When a random fan shouted “run for president!” during an event for veteran homelessness at the White House on Monday, rather than immediately shut it down as per usual, she instead laughed and said… Watch Video below:

https://twitter.com/NerdyWonka/status/798261803889225729?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

 

 

Americans Are Pleading With Michelle Obama To Save America In 2020

Many Americans are already looking ahead to the next election in four years’ time. Alongside calls for Kanye West to honor his pledge to run in 2020, many are turning to the outgoing FLOTUS Michelle Obama for hope.

To see why, revisit her rousing speech from this year’s Democratic National Convention, where she told crowds, “Don’t let anyone ever tell you that this country isn’t great, that somehow we need to make it great again. Because this right now is the greatest country on earth.”

See tweets in support of FLOTUS for POTUS below:

 

https://twitter.com/akosiicko/status/796266635598307328?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

https://twitter.com/WilliamAdoasi/status/796277577363189760?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

 

Michelle Obama Opens Up On What She’ll Miss Most About The Whitehouse

Michelle Obama served as co-host alongside Ellen DeGeneres where she shared some reflections about her time as First Lady. When she was asked what she’ll miss the most about the White House, she immediately responded! “It’s really the people,” FLOTUS said. “The girls have grown up in the White House.

“The staff that’s there, we see them every day. These are people who have helped us raise our kids. They’ve loved us. They’ve taken care of us. And the minute we leave, that’s it. It’s really the people we’ll miss most.”

She says that her daughters think that they’re ready to leave, but knows better because they’ve grown up in that house. Regardless of what Sasha and Malia may think, she and President Obama are making sure that they are still making pleasant memories by “[appreciating] the walk on the South Lawn [and] sitting on the Truman Balcony.”

Before Ellen gets the show started, you know she dances with the audience, so Michelle Obama joined her in breaking it down!

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Michelle Obama’s Carpool Karaoke Was Huge For Song Sales

James Corden is a quite the salesman.

After First Lady Michelle Obama and hip hop legend Missy Elliott joined Corden for Carpool Karaoke on the Late Late Show, sales for the songs they sang surged, according to data from Nielsen

 

One of the tracks the trio performed on the July 20 show was “This Song Is For My Girls,” which was released in March by Obama, Elliott and slew of other stars to promote the First Lady’s Let Girls Learn initiative. 

Its digital sales jumped a staggering 1,562% compared to the previous week. 

That’s good news for the Peace Corps’ Let Girls Learn Fund, which collects all the proceeds from the sale of that song. 

Corden and his guest stars also belted Elliot’s 2001 hit “Get Ur Freak On,” which saw weekly sales soar 312%, and Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies,” which jumped 42%. Nielsen also said that streams of Stevie Wonder’s song “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” climbed 76.5% after the song was performed on Carpool Karaoke. 

It’s typical for Corden’s Carpool Karaoke segement — which regularly features A-list stars — to boost a song’s sales. But the star power of Obama and Elliot appearing the week before the Democratic National Convention amplified the effect, said David Bakula, Nielsen’s senior music industry analyst. 

“It’s the social nature of it. It drives it beyond the audience,” Bakula said, pointing to the viral way a clip of the segment spread across the internet. On YouTube, it garnered more than 37 million views.

Source – cnn.com

See What Michelle Obama & Daughters Wore To Welcome Pope

Pope Francis’s touch down in Washington, D.C. may have been the biggest thing in the news Tuesday evening, but personally, I couldn’t take my eyes off off Michelle Obama, and the flaw-free outfit she’d chosen to wear for the highly photo-documented occasion.

To greet the Pope at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, Obama, joined by her husband, Barack, and daughters, Malia and Sasha, dressed as appropriately and as lovely as we’ve come to expect. Her dress, by devout Catholic designer Carolina Herrera, was a baby blue, fit-and-flare, wool crepe number, with short sleeves, a ‘60s-esque high cowl neck, and matching skinny belt.

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Michelle Obama Slammed For Calling Beyonce A ‘Role Model’

A tweet from the US First Lady wishing Beyonce a happy birthday and calling her a role model caused an online uproar on Beyoncé’s birthday. Some didn’t agree that the singer is a role model. Most of the negative tweets focused on the way she dresses, her behavior on stage and in videos, her ‘sexually explicit’ lyrics, her husband’s violent past, and allegations that she has used or does use drugs. See the tweets below…

However, others pointed out Beyonce’s business successes and praised her “body confidence”:

Michelle Obama Wants To Be Beyoncé

Even FLOTUS has dreams of being Bey. Michelle Obama shared a video on Instagram where she sat down with Wale for an quick interview. In the clip, the rapper asks the First Lady several questions, such as, “If you had the opportunity to have a different occupation, what would it be?” Mrs. Obama answers, “I would be Beyoncé,” then does the hand shimmy from “Single Ladies” while saying, “I’ve got the hands.”

https://instagram.com/p/5yGjvNPZBc/

The Q&A was taped during the Beating the Odds summit which was hosted by the First Lady at the White House last week, according to Time. Over 140 students gathered to meet at the summit where they received advice and resources to help prepare them for college.

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Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Obama, And Kerry Washington Go Hocus FLOTUS For Glamour Magazine.

First lady Michelle Obama invited her girl gang, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kerry Washington, to join her on the cover of May’s Glamour magazine, for which the three have a frank discussion about veterans’ issues, a topic all three are passionate about. Obama has, of course, made military families one of her top priorities as first lady, co-founding Joining Forces in 2011 with second lady Dr. Jill Biden. Washington’s father served in the military and Parker has several friends in uniform.

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Patience Ebele Jonathan The First Lady Who Tested Negative To Common Sense By Adava Festus O

Its not every time the First lady of a country like ours makes the news for the wrong reasons, but then it becomes
something of interest when making news for the wrong reasons becomes the norm,rather than the anomaly, when
making the headlines for being a constant nuisance becomes the status quo, then we must take a more cursory look as to why our “humble” president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has been making the wrong decisions or making none that has any effect on the political situation of our country, Enter the first PATIENCE GOODLUCK JONATHAN a.k.a Mama peace, Patience Jonathan outward looks, demeanor and mien may come to anyone as a gentle, cool, easy going and highly intelligent woman UNTIL SHE SPEAKS, and No! I am not talking about his now-famed “diaris God” utterances or her constant destruction and maiming of the English language, which we have gotten used to allowed to slide, just because “its not our language”, even as we tend to act like its not our lingua franca,
but since majority of her “defendants” sees her poverty at constructing a simple sentence in english without having to make it look like a rocket science as an extenuating circumstance,which is forgivable,as we have been coerced to
accept it, even for a first lady of the most populous country in W.Africa, I won’t waste my ink ot it.
The major reason that brings about this write-up Is her latest outburst where she said publicly, in her own words that “anyone who say change in front of you, stone am”, which literally translates to raising hell against anyone from the opposition party,and in the deeper sense of it, Stoking a fire and inciting violence because an opposition who’s tired of seeing the country teethering towards the brink of perdition dares preaches Change! Which begets a few question which I personally don’t expect her to have the required education to have an answer to, Really Madam First Lady? Does she know what democracy entails? Does she know anything about the presence and tolerance of opposition as sine qua non to a functioning democracy? Why on God’s green earth would the First lady of the giant of Africa make such a huge gaffe,in this century? Why do the people who makes the least of sense seems to always talk more? The same first lady who went to tussle with a sitting governor of her state, yanked off a microphone from him and gave him a verbal dressing down like teacher to a recalcitrant student , got a government employment without any experience, managerial or administrative acumen in any known fields of human endeavours, same woman called out Nobel Laureate, prof. Wole Soyinka,said so many unprintable things to a Man who’s been winning accolades and making her mark in literature years before her husband would dream of leading this country, is the same woman who after been first lady for about 6 years, without a notable achievement to her name except leading a group of women to meet their untimely death in a car crash (RIP to the dead),couldn’t find a better way to campaign for her husband other than inciting violence with such classless, crass, blood-thirsty and gutter comment, As if we haven’t become inundated so much we have become inured to constant comments with no sensible addition to our growth from the presidents hatchet-men, From Doyin Okupe, to Fani-Kayode, and Reno-Omokri and others, why should the
first lady,in his hallowed chambers of overriding illiteracy make such a sensitive comment at this period in time? What a wealthy disgrace! We have seen Late Stella Obasanjo Child Trust Care in OBJ’s regime, Campaign Against
Female Genital Mutilation and on 6 February 2003, she declared the day the International Day of Zero Tolerance
to Female Genital Mutilation. we have seen WOTCLEF from Mrs Titi Abubakar who fought against Woman Traffikking and using the girl child as sex object and the likes, its not the case with our present First lady, if she’s not making headlines for her ridiculous dictions, she’s somewhere causing a ruckus for reckless comments and she had the temerity to describe a presidential candidate as brain dead? How ironic! , we have seen the first lady of the USA, Michelle Obama who is a seasoned attorney give timeless speeches like a veteran MC makes a classic project that makes you marvel at her thoughts,reasoning, intelligence and the class that follows suit, its not the case with our “Mama Peace” who doesn’t seem to have an idea the kind of highly exalted position she is, and we really need to be honest here, We as nigerians don’t care how good she is in the kitchen at the Ofe-Nsala or Edikang-Ikong soup, what we ask of her is to at least carry herself and her office as the number one woman in nigeria with class, value and prestige, For Nigeria to move forward, we don’t only need to pray for a good Commander -In-Chief, but for a better first lady than this overbloated bunkum of disgrace masquerading as first lady who would never let a day pass without putting us on the big screen for every wrong reasons available, because no matter how much advice a special adviser gives to the head of the nation, the woman who he goes to bed with can make or mar whatever he ends up on deciding to do, When the President said he sometimes gets bad or contradictory information & advice, you must start to ask if he’s talking about his wife.” You can’t have the likes of Doyin Okupe, Reuben Abati and Reno-Omokri giving you advice in the day and then have PEJ doing that night! Lordy! That should not even be legal, so what now happens when such woman is a Patience who adds no value whatsover?

Adava Festus O. Follow him on twitter @datcapitan

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