Most likely, the event will not lead to "Don't Tase Me, Bro!" T-shirts, bumper stickers or blogs, but two demonstrators were arrested for disruption of a public demonstration during Gonzales' ACCENT presentation.
Approximately two dozen others performed peaceful protests by turning their backs onÂ the formerÂ Attorney General during his first college appearance since his resignation in September.
Still others like Marcus Opie, who made an hour long trip to the University, were anxious to hear whatÂ America's first Hispanic Attorney GeneralÂ had to say.
"I'm curious how he explains himself," Opie said.
The cost to have Gonzales appear, $40,000, came from a portion of each student's tuition, and some did not want to waste the opportunity.
I'm a little concerned that we're the first organization to bring him to speak since he resigned in disgrace, but that's pretty typical, so I really don't object to us paying him," U.F. sophomore Ben Cavataro said.
Unlike U.S. Senator John Kerry, Gonzales did not take questions directly from the audience, instead questions were written on index cards.
"That's something he's doing nationwide at his request, but the questions will still get answered," ACCENT Chairman Steven Black explained. "It should be fun."
Among the bigger topics were the government's use of the Patriot Act, Habeas Corpus, and the treatment of captured terrorists. However, Gonzales emphasized the challenges of being America's top lawyer while the Nation's at war:
"We are not perfect. Sometimes we stumble, but we always get up."
By Ted Latiak, WCJB TV20 News.
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