When demonstrators weren't the wimps they are today:
San Jose turned into the real blockbuster. Very tough demonstrators shouting "1-2-3-4-etc." on the way into auditorium. Tried to storm the doors after we were in, and then really hit the motorcade on the way out. We wanted some confrontation and there were no hecklers in the hall, so we stalled departure a little so they could zero in outside, and they sure did. Before getting in car, P[resident Nixon] stood up and gave the V signs, which made them mad. They threw rocks, flags, candles, etc. as we drove out, after a terrifying flying wedge of cops opened up the road. Rock hit my car, driver hit brakes, car stalled, car behind hit us, rather scary as rocks were flying, etc., but we caught up and all got out. Bus windows smashed, etc. Made a huge incident and we worked hard to crank it up, should make really major story and might be effective.
No fair, cries the Professor:
"wanted some confrontation." "no hecklers in the hall, "stalled departure... so they could zero in outside," "rather scary... a huge incident and we worked hard to crank it up, should make really major story and might be effective." Afterwards Haldeman and Nixon are happy because they had successfully taunted the demonstrators into violence and led them into rock-throwing in order to cast Nixon in a sympathetic role.
"led them into rock throwing"!
I'm thinking they're happy because the rock throwers are on the other side.
Monday, November 15, 2004
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