Only viewers watching the presidential debate on C-SPAN were privy to moderator Jim Lehrer's warm-up monologue with the audience. Lehrer summoned the audience to attention with a godlike "Let there be silence."

A Lehrer excerpt:

"Hello, everybody ... Mr. President [to Gerald Ford, sitting in the first row], I hereby designate you hall monitor. You have my permission, sir, to whack anybody who gets out of line ... How you all doin'? Just fine, just fine. Look, if I can do this, anybody can do it ... You O.K., really? Everything all right? Did you get...

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