POLITICS MAKES strange platform-fellows. Though some WITH THE help of a tele-
Democrats'grumbled that he was horning in uninvited on "their prompter, President Johnson
day," Gov. George Romney nevertheless found his way to a spot described "the Great Society" to
on the platform right next to the Democratic President. the assembled multitudes.
JOHNSON COMES TO ANN ARBOR
Gowns, Grads and 'Great Society'
By KENNETH WINTER
President Lyndon B. Johnson collected an honorary Doctor of
Civil Law degree from the University, a presidential endorsement
from Henry Ford II and thunderous applause from 80,000 spectators
during his morning in Michigan May 22.
He was here on a supposedly non-political mission-to deliver the
University's Commencement address-but his appearance was never
free of political overtones and the peculiar mystique which always sur-
rounds the President of the United States.
Johnson was in Ann Arbor barely over an hour and in the state
only a few hours, but the practical and political preparations had
begun well in advance.
Protecting a President
University and local officials worked with Secret Service personnel
on security measures-including such tricks as welding shut manhole
covers in the Michigan Stadium area, closing off the, Stadium almost
a day in advance of the visit, scouring the Stadium with a "bomb
squad" on the morning of the 22nd and even banning aircraft over
the area during the President's stay here.
Political jockeying also preceded the evelit. A protocol debate
flared over whether Republican Gov. George Romney, Democratic
Detroit Mayor Jerome Cavanagh or University Executive Vice-Presi-
dent Marvin L. Niehuss should be the first to greet the Chief Execu-
tive as he landed in Detroit (Romiley shook his hand first, but Cav-
anagh introduced him to the crowd). Other state Democrats scram-
bled to join Johnson in the limelight at various moments of his visit.
Ann Arborites Arise
Local people stepped in, too. Thirteen pickets from the Direct
Action Committee, a militant local Negro organization, used the occa-
sion to protest alleged police brutality; 107 other Ann Arborites
petitioned Johnson to speak out on peace, poverty and civil rights-
which the President indeed did, though he made no new policy
Butthe President could've quoted from the telephone book, for
all most of the spectators cared. To them, the important thing was
that the President had come to Ann Arbor.
TELEVISION and radio men
and equipment brought the na-
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-University News Service
MEMBERS OF the most intelligent and mature of the Univer-
sity's 120 graduating classes calmly (upper picture) obse ethe
procession as the President enters the stadium. But as he leaves
(lower picture) they drop decorum and swarm to the tunnel for
a closer look.
-University News ervie
UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT Harlan Hatcher greets Johnson as his helicopter lands outside Michigan
Stadium. To the left Is Secretary of the University Erich A. Walter. Johnson arrived in one of four
identical Marine 'copters following a more avowedly political speech at Detroit's Metropolitan airport.
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