11 months later, Obama still as the ‘blank screen’

On the eve of the Senate’s approval of a sweeping, secretive health-reform bill last week, opinion writer Miles Mogulescu had this to say:

“For the first time in American history, Democrats are about to pass a bill that uses the coercive power of the federal government to force every American — simply by virtue of being an American — to purchase the products of a private company.”

The rant of a tea-party activist? Hardly. Mogulescu is a self-described “progressive Democrat” who writes for The Huffington Post, a decidedly left-of-center online news site.

In fact, the Senate bill has been pilloried by much of the progressive left pantheon. Among the disgruntled are former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas, MSNBC hosts Keith Olbermann and Ed Schultz, and such organizations as MoveOn.org, labor unions AFL-CIO and SEIU, and Progressive Democrats of America.

The motivation to oppose ObamaCare for liberals like Mogulescu is quite different from that which animates me. Our two sides would take starkly divergent paths from this small patch of common ground.

But I do think the left’s frustration says something interesting about the bill and our president.

Progressive disillusionment with ObamaCare is not a sign that Congress has somehow found the political middle. The putative winners and losers from the bill both think things are getting worse for them during the legislative process. This is because Democrats have abandoned the pretense of fixing a problem and now are just trying to save face. Having declared a health care crisis, they have to pass something.

As a result, this bill isn’t centrist. It’s “get enough votes”-ist.

At the same time, the health debate has transformed Barack Obama from an irresistible magnet to an irresistible target.

In his book “The Audacity of Hope,” Obama famously described himself as “a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views.” When he was a fresh face offering unobjectionable platitudes, that worked well for him. People projected onto him their aspirations, a neat little political trick that enabled him to go from the Illinois statehouse to the White House in just over four years.

Now, however, the blank screen is starting to reflect images of Americans’ frustrations.

The tea party crowd decries Obama as a tyrant who’s expanding government irreversibly. Meanwhile, Mogulescu heaps scorn upon the president. He calls Obama a “corporatist liberal” who has continued Bush-era policies toward Wall Street and foreign policy while scoring a “historic defeat for the type of liberalism represented by the New Deal and the Great Society.”

As with the health bill specifically, this isn’t a case of governing from the center and alienating the extremes. The independent voters who put Obama in office tell pollsters they’re jumping ship, just as they abandoned Democrats in the New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial elections this fall.

Obama doesn’t lie in the middle, because he still doesn’t exist beyond the blank screen.

He could be very real. It’s hard to deny that he has intelligence, charisma, gravitas. He may have courage, too — but we wouldn’t know it because, 11 months into his presidency, we can’t be all that certain about his convictions.

Ah, someone will say upon reading that last line, but the president is above all a pragmatist. Is that the kind of pragmatist who keeps pushing for a health bill that’s opposed by solid majorities in opinion polls? Or the kind who similarly defies public sentiment about relocating Guantanamo Bay prisoners to U.S. soil?

Keep on projecting.

115 comments Add your comment

oldtimer

December 30th, 2009
7:50 pm

Well written.

Sick of Repukes

December 30th, 2009
7:54 pm

Just can’t get enough of the attacks from the Neanderthals over the last week over Obama taking 2 days to respond to the attempted Detroit bombing and trying him and civil court when Bush took 6 days to respond to the shoe bomber Richard Reid and he was tried in civil court! Oh by the way, 7 of your “strong” senators voted against enhanced airport security in 2007! How pathetic to try to score political points when we should be pulling togather as a nation behind the President! What is the phycosis behind you thinking you are only people with a right to govern the country? You do nothing but whine like little babies when not in power and try to undermine all Democratic Presidents! I think that is treason and you should be hanged!!!!!

Sick of Repukes

December 30th, 2009
8:06 pm

Actually 8 Repuke Senators. I forgot to includ Jim Demented!

hryder

December 30th, 2009
8:42 pm

What the Big O needs to possess, beyond those traits you claim he possesses but others reject, is viewing the world through other than rose tinted glasses. He indicates through several different communications that his mere presence with the leaders of both friendly and unfriendly countries will result in all joining hands and singing Kumbiah(sp.) and offering to end any and all conflict, hunger, pain, and suffering. Nice thought but ignores the reality that envy and meaness, just to mention a few traits, that exist in at least a few people. The man does not have a clue about far too many things other than his ego. He reached his goal and has no idea what to do now that he has succeeded and others expect him to do something other than interject his utterances with I more than any other noun or blame any error or failure on George Bush.

Peter

December 30th, 2009
9:00 pm

Sure Kyle……I guess we need invade another country for the Republican’s to be Happy.

Jess

December 30th, 2009
9:09 pm

You can tell when Kyle hits a home run. The lefties get down right childish. Good work!

Sick of Repukes

December 30th, 2009
9:11 pm

I guess his knuckles don’t drag the ground hryder! He isn’t talking in 6th grade simple sentences like the Retard and saying profound things like you are either with us or against us! Wow! You Repukes miss fear mongering! If a thought or idea falls outside of Rush(I mean the Republican) talking points, you have no clue how to respond except shout a person down or tell a lie! Oh by the way, he escalated Afghanastan(Because the retard and five deferment Cheney dithered it for 8 years and wasted billions in Iraq, and is taking the offense in Yemen. Being smart and able to communicate is not a weakness! This isn’t grade school where the bullies rule. Oh yeah, we are getting away from the Republican talking points, so come up with a simplistic way to shout me down!

godless heathen

December 30th, 2009
9:24 pm

The scariest thing about Obama is the mindset of those that support him. (See above.)

Sick of Repukes

December 30th, 2009
9:45 pm

The scariest thing about Obama is the mindset of those that support him.
(See above.)

How profound!!!!!!!!!! You really make a valid point!!!!!! Quick go back to the Rove playbook! Should we whisper he is a homosexual? Or maybe say he is not a Patriot? How about a Socialist? I got it! I’m drinking the Koolaid! LOL!

Audrey in Georgia

December 30th, 2009
9:49 pm

We are safer with President Obama. Always remember 3000+ people were killed while Bush
was the president. If more than 3000 people are killed during Obama’s presidency, then, and only then should we say we are safer with Bush. Kyle and the republicans can spin or distort the truth any way you like it, but try the truth. President Obama is ahead of Bush on national security. Oh and those “tricks” Obama used to become president worked marvelously, didn’t they?

Red Foreman

December 30th, 2009
9:50 pm

Call Presbo what he is…a clown!

Dusty

December 30th, 2009
9:56 pm

Keep going, Kyle. You have presented a true picture quite clearly. Obama gave us the intelligence (seemingly), charisma, and gravitas. but, in a short time, it wore so thin that we could see the empty space behind it. It was as if experience, common sense, graciousness as Bush gave to him, and other attributes were missing.

Obama spends money like he just won the lottery and wants to spend it all and more. Most promises made before elections are forgotten.

He dabbles in minor squabbles (Gates and the policeman).

In a time of lost jobs, lowered incomes, loss of investments and foreclosures he spends a vacation in a magna mansion bringing friends and relatives with him at exhorbitant costs.

Removing prisoners from Guantanamo will cost millions as Obama spends millions on upgrades and bringing enemy prisoners into the USA mainland against the wishes of most Americans. Of course, he is president but it would be smart to show the slightest bit of economical intent. He economizes by spending and promising trillions.

Speaking of decisions, there seems to be a great slowdown in his ability to make them. It happened with some of his appontees. Obama waited months to decide about Afghanistan. He may be intelligent but he moves slowly and not surely.. It is as though he is waiting on his “keepers” to tell him what to say and do.

Obama seems empowered to do the wrong thing. I wish it were not so but it certainly seems that way..

Sick of Repukes

December 30th, 2009
9:56 pm

A Home Run???? Kyle, where was your God Reagan after one year in office? The Virginia Governer’s race has went to the opposing party in the White House for over 30 years. The New Jersey Governer was in scandal and an idiot(but why not blame Obama, he is the root of all evil in the Rethuglican camp!) How profound you take one paragraph in Obama’s book he actually wrote(unlike you betcha! wink) and twist it! Yes a home run Kyle! Let me let you get back to studying your talking points for tomorrow’s blog robot!

Ward

December 30th, 2009
9:58 pm

It was posited months ago that Obama is ‘the man who’s never run anything, trying to run everything.’

So far, I’ve seen nothing to debunk that.

Sick of Repukes

December 30th, 2009
9:59 pm

In truth Dusty, Obama has spent 2 trillion, and the last 8 years over 10 trillion spent. But I guess Rush didn’t tell you that!

Sick of Repukes

December 30th, 2009
10:01 pm

Yeah he can’t see Russia from his house Ward and hasn’t flown in on a jet to an Aircraft carrier and declared Mission accomplished!

Red Foreman

December 30th, 2009
10:16 pm

Presbo da Clown, gonna save us all…I got a crisp 100 dollar bill that says we get nuked while this messiah is in charge!

DAN DEACON

December 30th, 2009
10:19 pm

This president is the biggest joke ever in the history of our great nation. He’s torn it down to pusing socialism, communism and dictatorship onto its citizens. That will not stand and true Americans will not allow him to do it. He’ll eventually make a brutally, illegal, amateur mistake and impeachment will follow. One can only lie so long before they catch up with a person.

He is incompetent and impotent when it comes to any type of military or defense issues and we all should be worried about how our country is protected from our enemies and terrorism. This is evidenced by his imcompetent appointees in Homeland Security and the recent amateurism that took place allowing terrorism to again take place on our soil (thanks to a civilian no one was hurt or killed, meaning it’s up to us to protect ourselves) and his inability or unwillingness to make a decision to send more troops to Afghanistan while our soldiers were being ambused, wounded and dieing for our country in need of our help.

You Obama lovers keep bleeding for him in search of smooching off others that have earned their right to their freedom and financial well being. He’ll keep giving you exactly what you’re getting now….socialism (reliant on government), communisim (told what, when and where to do certain things) and dictatorship (demanded to do certain things) – all currently taking place under his administration. The rest of us will vote him out of office next go round or have him impeached upon an opportunity to do so, which seems likely at the rate he is going.

mike

December 30th, 2009
10:20 pm

Sick of Repukes –

“I think that is treason and you should be hanged!!!!!”

Thanks for showing us how a “tolerant” liberal thinks.

Sick of Repukes

December 30th, 2009
10:27 pm

Your welcome Mike! The truth hurts doesn’t it!

Bill

December 30th, 2009
10:35 pm

Kyle, unfortunately you continue the fine tradition of Jim Wooten!! You are not for anything – you are only against any proposals that are brought forward by the other side.

The Obama health plan is far from perfect – but it is a plan. What did you and the folks who were in power for many years bring forward – nothing!! And you have the gall to complain when something is brought forward that will improve the current situation (with all it’s imperfections).

I only hope that some day you will have the courage to write an article that is actually positive about the efforts being made to improve our wonderful country (NOT!!).

Regards

Audrey in Georgia

December 30th, 2009
10:35 pm

The republicans voted against updated systems for airport screenings. I wonder why? Maybe
they thought we would just forget about 9/11 and they did not want to inconvenience anyone at the airports. So are you still safer with Bush?

DannyX

December 30th, 2009
10:40 pm

So your answer Kyle is to put Republicans back in charge? You know? The same group that gave us the Medicare Part D Bill. You know, that socialistic program that added billions to the budget with no new revenue stream.

I guess if you’re going to pick one party over the other it would have to be the Democrats.

The Republicans passed these same horrible Bills and Republicans never spoke out. Now all of a sudden the Republicans seem to have found their voice, in a cowardly way. Silence and downright support for terrible Bills by their Republican leaders, then all of a sudden anger.

Many Democrats aren’t having it from their leaders. They seem to think their leaders work for them, not the other way around. This blind Obama worship the right claimed has evaporated into another one of their fantasies. Republicans were lead down a cliff and are now asking for a return to power? What if you get laryngitis again?

Right now the only momentum the Republicans have are obscure Rasmussen polls, just like last year.

Bill

December 30th, 2009
10:43 pm

Dan Deacon, your comments are treasonous at best. Are you an American? If so, you should understand what it means to be the “loyal opposition”. From your comments, you obviously have no idea. It certainly is wonderful that we have a democracy so that people like yourself can spew your vile hatred. Why don’t you try something positive for a change – that certainly would be a novel approach!!

Regards,

Audrey in Georgia

December 30th, 2009
10:56 pm

Red Foreman, you better run while you still can. Take Bush and Cheney with you. As a matter of fact, take all the republicans with you and go under ground. After the country is nuked, all of you can come out and start a new generation of republicans.

DAN DEACON

December 30th, 2009
11:16 pm

Bill…Treasonous would be the act of imposing socialism, communism and a dictatorship. Opposing it would be American…..what country (world) are you from? You may want to get your head out of the sand and pay attention to what’s going on around you. If you have children and can understand the impact all this irresponsible spending will have on them, you should show compassion and be willing to fight for your childrens (and their childrens) well being. At present Obamanism is dooming that generation and the next with his imposing dictatorlike policies and rampant irresponsible spending. Thanks for taking your head out of the sand to keep up with all the comments in this section. Perhaps you’ll be able to recognize what treason really is now.

When you’ve fought to protect our country and had friends and relatives die for this country as many of us have, then you’ll have room to speak. Until then, don’t talk to me about treason, budroe.

Robert

December 30th, 2009
11:21 pm

Sick of Repukes writes…….

“Yeah he can’t see Russia from his house”

I guess this in reference to Gov. Palin. Better look in the mirror before calling someone stupid.

Just a few facts for you….

“Russia is indeed close, with less than 60 miles separating Alaska’s northwest coast from Chukotka, and less than three miles separating the Alaska island of Little Diomede from the Russia island of Big Diomede. Russia and Alaska share a window onto the Arctic.”

” More and more American and Canadian fighter jets are scrambling and intercepting Russian bombers flying off the Alaskan coast, exacerbating tensions between the former Cold War foes.”

“The most recent incident occurred March 25, 2008 when two F-15s from Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, scrambled to intercept two Russian Tu-95 Bear heavy bombers.”

Robert

December 30th, 2009
11:24 pm

Danny X……..we still got our bet? (If the Repubs don’t pick up seats in the House I buy you a big juicy steak with all the trimmings…..and if they do……..you send in $25 to the Republican National Comm.) ? Right?

Robert

December 30th, 2009
11:30 pm

Audrey wrote…….

The republicans voted against updated systems for airport screenings. I wonder why?

Because it ain’t the system that’s broke….it’s the people. Good Lord Audrey…….The underware bomber was on the watch list, his own father said to watch him. All they had to do was pat him down with thier hands and let the doggie sniff him to find the explosives. What updated system are you talking about? Can you state the House or Senate Bill number so we can read what they voted against?

See, here is the problem……..Dems always think that if you just spend more money al will be fine. You can do better Audrey, I know you can.

Sick of Repukes

December 30th, 2009
11:35 pm

Just in. Rush rushed to the hospital in serious condition! You better check on the Godfather! Karma

Sick of Repukes

December 30th, 2009
11:37 pm

I guess that is why the Rethuglicans spent over 10 trillion dollars the last 8 years Robert(6 you controlled congress)! Rush is down! OMG! Where do talking points come from tomorrow????

Sick of Repukes

December 30th, 2009
11:44 pm

About the Russia comment Robert! I guess Pinnocio Palin has bionic eyes and would have got the Alaskan National Guard on those Rogue Russians! You betcha!

Sick of Repukes

December 30th, 2009
11:54 pm

Dan Deacon I have fought for my country in first Gulf War, my family has fought. So I call you Sir a traitor for not RESPECTING our Commander in Chief REGARDLESS of which party! Bill had a very valid point LOYAL OPPOSITION! Something Rethuglicans don’t know. Are you sure you just can’t take the fact a black man is running the country JACKASS! (I’m white before the rednecks come out of the wood works!)

mike

December 30th, 2009
11:55 pm

Sick of Repukes –

“About the Russia comment Robert! I guess Pinnocio Palin has bionic eyes and would have got the Alaskan National Guard on those Rogue Russians! You betcha!”

Too bad she never said that, idiot. Tina Fey did. I am not surprised that you get your news from SNL. Your moronic and ignorant ranting is a sure sign of a loser who is too lazy to actually read an article from a real new source.

Keep banging on those exclamation marks, you sad lonely person. If shouting your mindless partisan hate brings some comfort into your friendless existence, I am happy for you. LOL

mike

December 30th, 2009
11:56 pm

Sick of Repukes has been here shouting ignorance to himself for at least four hours now.

I guess that is what you do when you have no life. Have fun sleeping alone in your mommy’s basement loser. LOL

Sick of Repukes

December 31st, 2009
12:00 am

I actually have a wonderful life Mike. Lots of friends and Wonderful Marriage. But when all else fails and you run out of intelligent things to debate, go all Karl Rovian style and attack the person! You proved my point knuckle dragger! I’m gone! Owned this blog tonight Rethuglicans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OBAMA 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Later dimwits!

Vinny

December 31st, 2009
12:25 am

What a joke the libs are. They can’t stand it that Obama is proven over and over again to be nothing but an impotent boob.

Loran, Whatayagot?

December 31st, 2009
1:09 am

By the way, sick of Repukes, the word is psychosis, not “phycosis”. Are you a GED dropout? You are very adept at comparing situations which do not have similar circumstances and drawing imbecilic conclusions, which make your guy look competant, which he is not. However, I do not think you should be hanged, as you do wih those who disagree with you. Isn’t there a guy in North Korea who does that? You are useful for amusement and revealing the idiotic nen-seqitors of the left. I urge you to keep blogging.

Sunshine and Thunder

December 31st, 2009
1:09 am

Sick of Repukes:

Stick a fork in it buddy. You are the worst kind of ranting maniac. Do you and George Soros stand at the top of a mountain and vomit all night? What’s with you? Nobody wants to hear your ravings. This is a debating forum not a dais for uncontrollable blatherings. Got blog? READ!! Please journal up. We don’t need another left nut saliva spitter. Your boss is in trouble. He has written the end of the careers of many of his supporters on the hill. They aren’t likely to forget. Nobody wanted this health care legislation. Nobody. Now, in its final form, it isn’t even loved by the left. Who’s going to vote for democrats ever again?

Sick of Repukes

December 31st, 2009
1:28 am

I guess it is ok when Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, Jim Dement, Peter King, Dick Cheney, Sarah Palin, etc. can spew lies and try ti destroy the President, that is ok huh? But me to object to it! Wow! The line is in the sand. You are going to see the next three years. Your own interfighting will make you obsolete and I’m going to sit back and laugh! Karma

Sick of Repukes

December 31st, 2009
2:27 am

Guess your blog was a blank screen tonight Kyle like the ideas of your party! Get creative! You sound so much like Wooten really stale. At least Bookman on other side keeps his Conservative bloggers more entertained than you! Come on dude! Try criticizing your party for political opprotunity for attacking Obama while Bush did same thing with Richard Reid the shoe bomber!

Michael

December 31st, 2009
3:52 am

Perhaps if GOP conservatives not named Olympia Snowe had offered anything, you wouldn’t have both bases complaining about the bill. Republicans pretty much spent the year telling you any scare tactic, facts be damned, instead of actually doing something. Well, the stonewalling killed the public option. Same GOP response. This is what happens when about 60 percent of Congress is trying to get something to work and 40 percent is out to lunch.

To the idiots above almost celebrating Rush Limbaugh being in the hospital, grow up. I can’t stand the man, but he’s still a person.

Michael H. Smith

December 31st, 2009
6:01 am

This happens when 60 percent of the Congress controlled by the Democrats tells the remaining 40 percent of Congress occupied by the Republicans to go out to blazes. I’ve heard all the lying left wing crap I care to hear: NO REAL EFFORT was made by Democrats to produce a non-partisan or by-partisan healthcare reform bill.

In fact, even the somewhat centrist members of the Democrat Party were ignored or squashed or told to hit the road.

Nah, you own this piece of fascist socialist crap, liberals: It’s yours!

I hope the rest of America does what I intend to do: Vote every stinking socialist left wing nut job liberal elitist Democrat out of office in 2010.

So get ready, it’s on and it is war: James Carville, Howard Dean, Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas, MSNBC MSDNC hosts Keith Olbermann a.k.a. “BATHTUB BOY” and Ed Schultz a.k.a. “THE TALKING DUNKEY”, and such organizations as MoveOn.org, labor unions AFL-CIO and SEIU/ACORN, and Progressive (correction to Kyle’s spelling to the lower case “p” “progressive”) Democrats of America.

Gerald West

December 31st, 2009
6:52 am

Let’s see now. Democrats, particularly the popularly-elected President, are bad. Republicans and postering “conservatives” are good. Kyle, why can’t a man of your age and education lift his vision above the gutter of partisan politics and avoid silly puns devised by Foxnews propagandists?

“Obamacare” is not an appropriate name for the monstrous health care bill that the Congress may pass. The President had a simpler, more effective scheme in mind, but our Constitution assigns legislative responsibility to the Congress, not the President. The Congress has been dysfunctional for many years. It’s a miracle when they enact legislation of any use at all, and all their legislation is larded with hundreds of pages of political favors. The health care bill actually has a few improvements to health care coverage along with the typical earmarks.

Forcing people to arramge for health care insurance is a reasonable approach, and a first step toward cleaning up the health care mess. Everyone does, in fact, have access to some degree of health care, but the uninsured who get their treatment in the emergency rooms are sponging off the insured, the taxpayers, and perhaps even their relatives. It’s far cheaper to force them to pay, even to assist them to pay, for coverage than to burden the hospitals with the cost of treatment plus the expense of futile billing and collection procedures.

Besides, if everyone had basic health care coverage, we could put the private health insurers out of the basic health care coverage business. Private health insurers do not actually provide any health care (they use same providers as Medicare). They ration health care by denying coverage on the basis of pre-existing conditions and the ability to pay, and they impose an enormous, unnecessary financial burden on health care payers and providers.

The rightful role for private insurers is demonstrated by Medicare right now. They should offer supplements to the basic health insurance plan, and perform the clerical functions of eligibility verification and claims processing under contract (as the lowest cost bidder) to the basic insurance plan. They should not decide who is eligible for health care, or which treatments are covered.

NeverTrustaDemocrat

December 31st, 2009
6:55 am

Sick of Repukes claims to have a wonderful life and marriage, yet he was spewing his angry hate on this blog until 2:27 a.m. this morning. If things were so perfect for him, he would have been sleeping restfully with his wonderful wife at 2:27 a.m. in the morning!

GA40

December 31st, 2009
7:11 am

For Bill (and others who are interested)- Sen. Tom Coburn (and others) introduced the Patients Choice Act of 2009 in May of this year, which is a comprehensive approach to health care reform. It was largely ignored by the media, mainly because it doesn’t expand the government’s role in health care like the current reform plans do. It can be easily found using Google and may serve to add some thoughtful debate to this board, rather than the senseless shouting that I’m reading from both sides.

Horrible Horrace

December 31st, 2009
7:27 am

Its becoming more and more enjoyable to watch the kenyan spinning round and round, getting ever so deeper in the ever so STINKY waters of the ALMIGHTY TOILET!

2010 Landslide

December 31st, 2009
7:51 am

Repeal Obamacare in 2011. When Conservatives take over the Congress in November REPEAL OBAMACARE ON DAY ONE! Harry Reid will be prosecuted for his bribery schemes to get this terrible bill through the Senate. If you thought Nancy Pelosi was ugly before, just wait until her office is moved to some leaky basement stinkhole. Obama is scum!

NeverTrustaDemocrat

December 31st, 2009
8:29 am

Obama took his eye off the ball on this one. A few days ago, he pledged to keep us safe. Why didn’t he live up to this promise before now? Because he was too busy meeting with Insurance Company executives, lobbyists, and in September even the CEO of ACORN paid him a White House visit. I would say he was too pre-occupied in backroom dealings with shady people trying to make history with his healthcare disaster bill. He had time to have a beer fest with the professor and cop from Boston, had time to play more golf in his first year than Bush did in eight, had time to fly to Copenhagen for an unsuccessful Chicago Olympic bid speech, had time go on a worldwide apology tour, bowing to emporer’s and dictators along the way ( but didn’t make the time to buy a decent gift for the Queen of England or the PM). Our nation’s security should have been his #1 priority and it wasn’t. Hopefully it will be bumped up a notch on his to-do list.

Horrible Horrace

December 31st, 2009
8:29 am

Whatever happened to the H1N1 pandemic that was supposed to be spreading across the globe and killing citizens by the handful?
And what about this wonderful vaccine that our stupid govt officials seem unable to make available?

All a big ole hoax!! More smoke and mirrors from the Jackass Federal govt. KMA!