U.S. Vice-President Gerald Ford was heckled and interrupted by demonstrators during a speech in support?
SV INTERIOR Vice-President Ford arrives at Ann Arbor, Michigan
GV EXTERIOR Demonstrators with impeachment banners
SV INTERIOR Demonstrators heckle Ford (3 shots)
SV Ford at microphone
SV Audience listen
CU Ford speaks
Heckling breaks out
FORD: "I have every confidence in the ultimate wisdom and justice of the American people. Even though that elusive thing called public opinion may fall into short range areas, I cannot understand how anyone can criticise the President for taking his case to the people, unless what the critic wants is to negate the verdict of the people. I cannot imagine any other country in the world where the opposition would seek and the chief execute we would allow the dissemination of his most private and personal conversations with his staff (heckling) which to be honest do not exactly confer sainthood on anyone concerned."
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Background: U.S. Vice-President Gerald Ford was heckled and interrupted by demonstrators during a speech in support of President nixon at Ann Arbor University in Michigan state on Saturday (4 May).
The American Vice-President graduated from the university in 1935 as a "B" student and a star football player.
Mr. Ford was loudly booed when he said he could not understand how anyone could criticise the President for taking his case to the people -- a reference to President Nixon's delivery of edited White House tape transcripts to the House Judiciary Committee earlier in the week.