Storm Damage: Pretty-words-Obama vs Make-it-happen-Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney listens to the concerns of a man affected by Hurricane Isaac in the damaged neighborhood of Lafitte, Louisiana on Friday, Augusts 31, 2012. (Photo – Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

As the Democratic National Convention gets underway and Americans will be fed non-stop “OBAMA CARES” rhetoric, I just had to underscore one of the many differences between the two men running for the United States presidency. Here’s my point about sanctimonious Obama and get-it-done Mitt Romney:

Obama doesn’t care; finally tours storm damage
RedState
By Dan Spencer
September 3, 2012

President Obama finally arrived in Louisiana to inspect the damage done by Hurricane Isaac six days after the storm made landfall and three days after Mitt Romney inspected hurricane damage with Governor Bobby Jindal.

Romney got there three days earlier because he cared enough to skip a campaign rally in Virginia in order to inspect the damage done by Isaac. If Romney had not made the extra effort to visit Louisiana, does anyone seriously think Obama would have bothered to show up at all?

Obama couldn’t be bothered; making political hay was priority last week while the GOP National Convention was taking place. While storm Isaac raged, he glided into Colorado, Iowa, and Virginia to hold rallies:

Obama was too busy flying all over the country fundraising and campaigning to visit the storm damage. At least he was until Romney made his inspection trip. I know the White House claims Obama made the decision to visit Louisiana before Mitt Romney’s announcement that he would be going to the state Friday to see damage from Hurricane Isaac. Frankly I just don’t believe it. Do you? After all Obama announced that he would tour Hurricane Isaac damage in Louisiana only after Romney did.

Spencer points out this is Obama’s M.O.; he’s done this before:

Iowa city councilman: Obama has fundraised over touring flood damage before

President Barack Obama ignored a request to tour flood damage in Sioux City, Iowa, last summer, City Councilman Keith Radig said in a radio appearance. Obama chose not to visit the area the Missouri River flooded last summer, Radig added, and is only going to speak at the city’s Morningside College at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday because he’s in desperate need of votes against Mitt Romney ahead of November’s election.

You could kind of describe Obama as a fair weathered friend — he’s one that’s only there when he needs something from you,” Radig said. “But when we needed his leadership, he was nowhere to be found. In the Midwest we are hardworking and determined. We are tired of struggling due to the Obama policies.”

Radig added that when five congressmen wrote to Obama last summer asking him for help and to visit the damaged area, he declined, instead campaigning on other side of Iowa.

Out of deference to the potential struggles facing many in Isaac’s path and concern over safety, the Republican National Committee and Romney campaign scrapped the entire first day of their convention. On subsequent days, moments of silence and prayers were offered for those in harm’s way. While huge images of Red Cross contact information appeared on the many large onstage screens, speakers repeatedly urged Americans to aid Isaac victims by donating to the Red Cross.

Another event took place which seemed to be beneath the attention of the mainstream media:

Monday in Tampa: Utah delegates at GOP convention work on hygiene kits ahead of Tropical Storm Isaac
By Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News
Monday, Aug. 27 2012

TAMPA, Fla. — With the first day of the four-day Republican National Convention cut short by Tropical Storm Isaac, the Utah delegation quickly assembled 1,000 hygiene kits that will be distributed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, possibly to storm victims.

“Our goal here is to leave Tampa better than we found it,” Wright said.

Utah House Majority Leader Brad Dee, R-Ogden, said the state has a reputation for showing compassion. “It’s important to give back,” Dee said. “We have so many blessings that come into our lives.”

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, thanked the participants for their work.

It reflects well of our state and of our party,” Lee said. “It’s good to be a Republican. Most importantly, it’s good to be getting a new president of the United States.”

Hats off to the Utah delegation and others who helped.

Remember how Obama drug his golf shoe toes on visiting the Gulf when the BP oil spill occurred?

And, when Obama says “I am my brother’s keeper” he just doesn’t mean his real brother.

As coverage of the Democratic convention begins today, remember: Pretty-words-Obama can’t begin to measure up to make-it-happen Mitt Romney.

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Romney, Jindal, Peter Johnson Jr, Mccain, Trump, Sununu, Cuccinelli: OBAMA BLOWING SMOKE

“The Obama campaign is blowing smoke here…
The weight of evidence suggests that Romney did, in fact, end active management of Bain in 1999.”
– Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, FACT CHECKER

Well, we’re off to a roaring Monday!

Governor Romney appeared on FOX & Friends (via remote) and is campaigning today with LA Governor Bobby Jindal. After The Gov’s appearance on FOX, Donald Trump phoned in for his usual Monday commentary and spoke for The Gov. Sununu was on Megyn Kelly’s show; Senator John McCain did a phone interview for Romney. And, to top it off, a top Romney aide announced today that a running mate for The Gov could be named by the end of the week.

Gloves off, O-LIARbama!

Before we get to Romney on FOX & Friends, let’s listen to legal analyst Peter Johnson, Jr.’s exchange with Steve Doocy this morning (same program). Johnson spent the weekend researching the claim that “Romney outsourced jobs”:


Is there any proof Romney actually outsourced jobs? NO.

Here’s an excerpt of Romney on FOX & Friends discussing Obama’s crony payoffs vs middle class layoffs (excerpt):

Steve Doocy: “I read in the Washington Post this morning that you want to draw attention to Obama’s political payoffs versus the middle class layoffs where you say, if you are a donor to the Obama camp you are going to do just fine. However, if you are in the middle class Governor, your camp say, yo got to worry about your job.”

Romney: “There is no question but that when billions upon billions of dollars are given by the Obama Administration to the businesses of campaign contributors, that is a real problem particularly at a time when the middle class is really suffering in this country. I don’t know whether you watched over the weekend, the report that was in The New York Times about families really struggling particularly those that are single parents that are just having a hard time making ends meet. This is a tough time for the people of America. But if you are a campaign contributor to Barack Obama, your business may stand to get billions of dollars or hundreds of millions of dollars in cash from the government. I think it’s wrong. I think it stinks to high heaven and I think the administration has to explain how it is they would consider giving money to campaign contributors’ businesses.

Romney Press shop also today released President Obama Has Engaged In Political Payoffs By Rewarding Wealthy Donors And Administration Insiders With Taxpayer Dollars. Read the FACTS here.

Trump phoned in to say ‘open book’ Obama should release his college applications and records (FOX & Friends):


Senator John McCain was interviewed on today on Michigan’s Morning Show (WJIM) in Lansing, MI. He was there to discuss Obama’s broken promises (excerpt):

McCain: “This is a President that said if he couldn’t get it done in four years—i.e., restore the economy—then he didn’t deserve a second term. This is a President that’s now saying he should have ‘told a better story’ in his first two years as President? What he really shouldn’t have done is foist off Obamacare on the American people in the sleaziest process that I have ever seen in the United States Senate. You know the Cornhusker Kickback, the Louisiana Purchase. He said he wouldn’t have any lobbyists in the White House? He didn’t. He had them in the Blair House. It’s the worst thing I’ve ever observed and the American people obviously deserved a lot better than what we got today.”

Reacting to Obama’s refusal to apologize for lies being said about Romney, former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu was on Megyn Kelly’s America Live:


Sununu: “We could be talking about the 24 million unemployed and underemployed. They’re the ones that have problems. When I go to the supermarket and I talk to folks and they want to talk to me about Governor Romney – what they talk to me about the most is the fact that this is the guy that can solve the problem that their son or their daughter – who just graduated from college – can’t find a job on. They want to talk about the fact that they need a president who can solve problems.

If President Obama thinks he’s gonna escape the reality of him giving contracts to bundlers, contracts to cronies, contracts to people who are represented by former White House staffers – the money that they gave to Solyndra. You didn’t like talk about Solyndra, but it’s a FACT. The Solyndra money was given because there were bundlers involved in the investment – to the Finish car company. THESE ARE ALL REALITIES.”

New ad from Team Romney…

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Gingrich Drops? Shirtless Mitt; Santorum Complains; MSM Hates Mitt; Illinois & Louisiana! (Applebee’s CEO Touts GMR’s Many Strengths — Video)

THANK YOU to all Puerto Rico voters for your overwhelming support of Governor Romney today! — CONGRATULATIONS to you and to Governor Romney!

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There has been one article after another talking about how Gingrich needs to get out of the race to benefit Santorum and to make this a two-man, face-to-face run for the nomination. Often, the implication is that the vast majority of Gingrich voters will swing to Santorum. Even the TV pundits seem to be touting some inherent weakness in Romney that only allows him to garner “one third of all the votes in any given primary” etc.

If you were to believe the MSM (and most passive voters do), you would conclude that Romney is failing miserably and that the perpetual Gingrich ego trip only helps Romney to keep the “anti-Romney” vote splintered — nevermind that Romney is winning in every category! It is simply wishful thinking and has no basis in fact (see Michael Medved’s reasoning as to why the “Major Mainstream Media” hate Mitt Romney at the end of this post).

Let’s look at what happens if Mr. Newt were to walk away from the limelight — behavior that would belie his self-interest. Dante Chinni wrote an outstanding article Friday in The Wall Street Journal, titled, “Politics Counts: Who Benefits If Gingrich Drops Out?”

The most recent Wall Street Journal/NBC poll found the dynamics of the national race would not change dramatically if it were a simple Romney-Santorum showdown. With the four current candidates in the field Mr. Romney leads Mr. Santorum 38% to 32%. If it is just the two of them in the running Mr. Romney still leads 45% to 40%.
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The vast majority of Illinois voters live in the big city Industrial Metropolis of Cook County, home of Chicago, and the wealthy Monied Burb counties that surround it. So the net Newt impact would probably be pretty small. The same would probably true in upcoming primaries in Wisconsin, New York and Connecticut.

Louisiana, which votes Saturday March 24, is a very different story. In Louisiana, 70% of the population lives in Minority Central counties and 18% live in the Boom Towns. In other words, if form follows, the Gingrich vote there could play a very big role in who ultimately wins the state. The same might also be true in states like North Carolina and Kentucky that are still ahead.

[emphasis added]

Also Friday, Gallup published an article that included the latest results of one of its surveys to show categorically who “Gingrich voters” would likely support if he were to exit the race. Do you think we will hear much about this in the MSM? It is highly unlikely! Why? See Michael Medved’s article at the end of this post.

FROM THE GALLUP STUDY:

Republican voters who prefer Newt Gingrich for the party’s 2012 presidential nomination are as likely to name Mitt Romney as their second choice as they are to name Rick Santorum, suggesting the race would not tilt in Santorum’s favor if Gingrich dropped out.
[…]
Some conservative Republicans have called for Gingrich to drop out of the race on the assumption that conservative primary voters would then unite behind Santorum as the conservative alternative to the more moderate Romney. But Gallup data indicate that Gingrich voters would not be likely to coalesce behind Santorum, suggesting that factors other than candidate ideology may be attracting voters to Gingrich, Santorum, and Romney.

Gallup can simulate Republican preferences without Gingrich in the race by removing Gingrich votes and reassigning them to his voters’ second-choice candidate. The results of this procedure suggest that national GOP preferences would change little if Gingrich dropped out. The reconfigured preferences show Romney getting 40% of the vote and Santorum getting 33%. That seven-percentage-point Romney lead is essentially the same as the six-point (34% to 28%) Romney lead in March 8-15 interviewing with Gingrich support included.
[…]
Thus, Santorum may not benefit much from Gingrich dropping out because the most conservative voters already support Santorum to a large degree, and Gingrich’s appeal to this group is not substantially greater than Romney’s.

[Gallup continues below the fold + Medved + Chart + Photos]… (more…)

Romney’s Grand Slam Win of the Islands: Victory in Puerto Rico!

It’s a landslide!

Friday, March 16, 2012 - A huge crowd cheers while awaiting the arrival of Mitt and Ann Romney at a campaign rally in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

(Photo/Evan Vucci/AP)


Governor Romney scored a HUGE win today in Puerto Rico!

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney won a crushing victory in Puerto Rico’s primary contest on Sunday.

CNN and the Associated Press both projected Romney as the winner shortly before 7 p.m., three hours after polls closed in the island territory.

With 11 percent of precincts reporting, Romney had 82 percent of the vote followed by former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum with 9 percent. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) had 3 percent of the votes cast, followed by Rep. Ron Paul (Texas) at 1 percent.

Romney was seen as the leading candidate in the territory, as he had the endorsement of Gov. Luis Fortuño (R), who also campaigned with Romney late last week.

Puerto Rico has 20 delegates up for grabs, all of which go to Romney on passing the 50 percent threshold. The island only awards delegates proportionally if none of the candidates receive half of the vote.

Both Romney and Santorum visited the territory last week in an effort to win delegates in what could be a prolonged GOP nomination fight.

Romney held two events on the island, including a rally on Saturday in Old San Juan, where he was joined by Mr. Fortuño, a prominent advocate of statehood for the territory.

The win increases Romney’s delegate count to more than 500, and he still has more than twice as many as Rick Santorum.

(emphasis added to article)

Tweet from The Gov:

Ann and I are deeply grateful to @LuisFortuno51, his wife, & the people of Puerto Rico for their support & help in winning today’s primary.

Here’s a look at CNN’s election projection::

Here’s video of Mitt and Ann getting the news they had won (Drudge on iPad… gotta love it!):


Many Romney supporters watched a live feed of a roof-raising, hand-clapping RALLY held in Puerto Rico. Amazing! Enthusiasm was OFF THE CHARTS and we fell in love with Puerto Ricans. I wish I had the full video; here’s a small portion of the event (Gov Fortuno begins his English intro of Mitt @ 8:32):


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Romney is to be commended on his grand slam win of the islands: Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Marianas Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Hawaii!

Now, our focus is on this Tuesday’s primary in Illinois (69 delegates) and Thursday’s primary in Louisiana (46 delegates). The islands got it right; time to close this process and rally behind Romney. Let’s get started on unifying the GOP and taking on the monumental task of beating Obama.

Thanks to all who voted for The Gov today and helped in any way. We appreciate Romney supporters who are making phone calls on his behalf. He needs our help; it’s easy! Click here to keep those calls going.

Here’s a pic taken by Romney Campaign embed D.G. Jackson: “Mitt with 5 year old Celina. She was so excited to meet him.” March 17, 2012

If you missed seeing The Gov on FOX News Sunday today, click below the fold to see video. (Brett Baier substituted for Chris Wallace) More pics from Puerto Rico, too…

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Mitt Romney Calls on President Obama to Fire Three Officials / Uses Rhetoric Reminiscent of Reagan’s Challenge of President Carter

[See several photographs below the fold]

High gasoline prices at the pump were one of the key reasons President Carter was trounced by Ronald Reagan in the 1980 presidential election. I remember it well (see vintage photos from 1979 below the fold). Shortages at the pumps resulted in long lines of cars, often down the street and the electorate could not get Carter out of the White House fast enough!

Source: The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal published an article yesterday (No Relief in Sight at Pump) that outlines the facts behind today’s high gasoline prices and all of the actions (and inactions) taken by Obama that got us to these price points:

U.S. gasoline prices jumped 6% in February, and market experts predict they will climb higher because critical refining operations in the Northeast are shutting down.
[...]
Rising gas prices pose a risk to the economic recovery, which is showing signs of gaining steam after faltering last year.
[...]
“There’s now going to be a question if we can get enough gasoline into the East Coast for summer,” said David Greely, an energy analyst at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. The U.S. Energy Department has warned a shortfall could develop as early as July.

Governor Romney will more frequently challenge President Obama in coming weeks and months, in a number of key policy areas — I believe. Why? It will likely be months before Obama will agree to any 1:1 debates with Governor Romney but Mitt can take the debate to him directly by publicly challenging him when his policy decisions are flawed (quite often as we know). Also, by so doing, he raises his stature to that of “presidential” by allowing the average voter to get a glimpse of how a President Romney would govern. Such direct challenges are in the best interest of the nation to force the debate. Obama is then placed in the position by the press to either disagree or to follow Romney’s recommendations, both of which are positive for Governor Romney.

Today, Governor Romney called on President Obama to fire three senior administration officials. This is not a small action he has taken, though the MSM may attempt to minimize it.

This call to action is a powerful one and is spoken with authority. I hope to see this type of assertive rhetoric more frequently from Governor Romney — I believe we will see him continue to turn up the pressure on President Obama directly (THANK YOU to @ZekeJMilller for his tweeted tip to this article!) — [see photos below the fold]: (more…)

Obama’s First Oval Office Speech: Will He Deliver on Oil Disaster ‘Battle Plan’?

Since the BP oil rig explosion on April 20th, Obama’s schedule for the last 55 days has been grueling: hitting the golf course, enjoying White House celebrity events, basketball photo ops, partying with Mexican President Felipe Calderone at an over-the-top swanky state dinner, and going on vacation. Outcry from the public on his detached bumbling of the oil disaster finally forced him to the Oval Office last night to deliver a “battle plan” on how to end the BP debacle. It was 17 minutes of tough talk, military terminology, and promises. Will he deliver?

Hinting at ‘Cap and Trade’ (national energy tax), Obama’s speech lacked specifics and direction. Declaring that America is running out of areas to drill for oil, he failed to mention that deep-water drilling in the inter-continental shelf has been forced on us by his radical environmentalist friends. Shallow water drilling, land mass in the western United States, and ANWR are energy treasure troves being held hostage. Interesting that Obama didn’t mention the new figures his Administration released yesterday regarding the output of oil flowing into the gulf: a whopping 60,000 barrels per day (quite an increase over last week’s estimate of 25,000 to 30,000 barrels a day). Never fear, however. More regulations are on the way. Obama has named Michael R. Bromwich (former Justice Dept. prosecutor and inspector general) to toughen up the Minerals Management Service. That ought to do the trick!

Outburst from one of Obama’s biggest fans that finally got the President’s attention (5/26/10):


Is Obama relying on James Carville for suggestions on what to do?

Carville recently chanced upon Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen eating dinner with BP CEO Tony Hayward at a New Orleans restaurant, the senior White House aide says. Allen had called Carville after his first TV outburst to talk about the administration’s response, but Carville failed to return the call. When Allen asked why, Carville said he had been busy, the aide says (Carville did not reply to requests for comment). That does not sit well with administration officials who suggest that Carville’s readiness to go public with his criticism is not matched by his private willingness to offer concrete suggestions about what they could do differently.

(emphasis mine)

Another surprise… Obama did not reveal that he was briefed early on on how bad the oil spill could be.

Daily Beast:Critics have bashed President Obama for being slow to seize the political initiative in combating the BP oil spill in the Gulf Coast, now widely believed to be the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. The White House has battled back, releasing a timeline of events showing that Obama was briefed—and deploying the Coast Guard—within 24 hours of the Deepwater Horizon blowout.

What has not been previously disclosed: The president was not only briefed on the real-time events of the spill, but also on just how bad it would be—and how hard it would be to plug the hole.

Carol Browner, director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, told Obama at one of the earliest briefings in late April that the blowout would likely lead to an unprecedented environmental disaster, senior White House aides told The Daily Beast. Browner warned that capping a well at such depths had never been done before, and that they ought to expect an oil spill that would continue until a relief well was drilled in August, the aide said.

Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews, and Howard Fineman (MSNBC) analyze Obama’s speech, signaling the bloom is off the rose:

It’s amazing how many are now saying what Mitt Romney said regarding this devastating crisis. With lack of resources on the ground and in the water, local parishes in Louisiana and state officials in the Gulf are desperate for help of any kind. Obama’s refusal to rescind the Jones Act - a federal maritime law that mandates all goods be carried in U.S. waters by U.S.-flagged ships - has blocked much needed outside help and speaks volumes about Obama’s loyalties. And, he’s not budging on his Gulf oil drilling moratorium.

Obama’s ‘Battle Plan’ leaves much to be desired. He’s meeting with BP oil executives for the first time today – for an in-depth 20 minute meeting. Let’s hope our Commander-in-Chief reads Romney’s op-ed before he walks into the room.

To view interactive timeline demonstrating BP’s handling of the oil spill click here.

Mr. President, Why Do People Hate You?

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Sporting spunkiness, Barack Obama took center stage yesterday at a town hall meeting held at the University of New Orleans in Louisiana. Even though Louisiana is a Red State, New Orleans residents voted heavily for Obama. But, the townfolk weren’t in a mood to give their spiffy president a pass. They remembered the criticism Obama leveled at President Bush for ‘standing by while a major American city drowns.’ They also recalled that Obama visited New Orleans five times as a candidate and senator. Residents were frustrated and a little peaked wondering why it took the President nine months to get back to New Orleans. They were clearly miffed about the slow Hurricane Katrina recovery pace.

Slipping into ‘preacher-speak,’ Obama claimed he’s ‘just getting started’ while attempting to deflect complaints that the Katrina-ravaged Gulf Coast hasn’t improved much since he took office. From Harry Shearer:

Typically, having mis- or non-diagnosed the problem, he came with no solution, no pledge (aside from the vaporous “build stronger” without reference to build what, how, by whom) to take the steps only the federal government, under strong leadership from a committed chief executive, can take to prevent the disaster from recurring.

Hope he enjoyed his gumbo.

At one point in the town hall meeting, a fourth grade boy asked the president why people hate him:

Maybe ‘hate’ is too strong a word, maybe it isn’t. Maybe it isn’t strong enough. Dislike? Detest? Oppose? Loathe? Leave a comment and share your opinion of President Obama’s performance thus far.

Addendum: Claiming that he wanted to use his first visit as president to ravaged New Orleans to listen to residents’ complaints and concerns, Obama visited a school and did his town hall gig. Rushing off to a Democratic fundraiser in San Francisco, (where he was met with a Tea Party protest) Obama spent a total of four hours in New Orleans.

Louisiana Update

The Louisiana GOP realeased this statement about the caucus last night. I can’t make much of it because they don’t tie the delegates to which candidate they represented. If someone can make more sense of this than me, let us know at info@mymanmitt.com.

On Tuesday night, approximately ten thousand Louisiana Republicans caucused in 11 different cities across the state. Those attending the caucuses cast their vote for 15 delegates and 15 alternates to represent their congressional district at the 2008 Louisiana Republican Convention. Results were tallied on site late into the night and then reported to Republican Party Headquarters in Baton Rouge. Of the thousands of ballots cast, approximately 650 were cast provisionally.

Before these provisional ballots are counted, LAGOP staff must verify that the voter was a registered Republican voter in his or her congressional district as of November 30, 2007. The counting of provisional ballots in the 3rd and 7th Congressional districts is not needed to verify the results as the margin of victory for all winning candidates is larger than the number of provisional ballots casts. For the other five Congressional districts, Republican Party staff members will begin the process of verifying the results through each parish’s registrar of voter’s office. Once that process is complete, the Secretary of the Republican of Louisiana will certify the official results.

Prior to the tabulation of the provisional ballots, the uncommitted “Pro-Life/Pro-Family” slate appears to have won a majority of delegates in all seven congressional districts.

All candidates who ran for alternate delegate in the the 2nd, 3rd and 4th congressional districts won after qualifying as there were 15 or fewer candidates for those positions. The files below contain the unofficial results broken down by district and position. The P column shows the number of provisional ballots cast.

Louisiana Caucuses tonight

This is the only review of the Lousiana caucuses I have seen. Take it for what it’s worth.

Marc Ambinder says this:

Louisiana was thought to be a battle between Fred Thompson and Mitt Romney.

Romney has the support of two congressmen and announced teams in every district. It is winner take all by congressional district and majority receives at-large delegates.

It’s the only Southern caucus, so conservative conservatives will probably turn out.

This is Romney’s to lose…

Another gold medal… albeit in the state equivalent of Olympic curling, but still…