Amid the booing and chants of “liar” and “criminal,” former Attorney
“I have no recollection of that” Alberto Gonzales defended his career in the Bush Administration before students and guests at the University of Florida.
From the AP:
Early in his speech, two people climbed on the stage in hoods. Gonzales stopped talking for a few minutes as police led them away without incident, though there were several outbursts from the crowd.
The hooded demonstrators were charged with interruption of a public event, university spokesman Steve Orlando said. Several other people were ejected for yelling, and more than a dozen people stood for most of Gonzales’ hourlong speech with their backs toward him.
Gonzales repeatedly defended the Bush administration’s treatment of foreign prisoners.
“We don’t condone torture,” he said.
Students were not allowed to ask questions directly, as they were at the Kerry event. Instead, questions were submitted and read by a university law professor. One question asked about Gonzales’ views on immigration.
“Because of 9/11, we have to get this right. We have to know who is in this country,” he said.
Gonzales also said it was perfectly appropriate to replace U.S. attorneys, because they are political appointees.
University officials said it was Gonzales’ first appearance at a university since he left office in late August. He was paid $40,000 for his speech.
A few protesters carried signs protesting the appearance.
“It is abhorrent that they would spend that amount of money. This man is a criminal,” said Glenda Allen, of Jacksonville.
Hey, he actually got off pretty easy while there at UF. The whole event could have turned very ugly, very fast. Can you just hear Gonzales screaming, “Don’t tase me bro!”