Conscious that everyone in the room was looking at him, he told Nixon, "Mr. President, with your indulgence, I have something to say." In its 2006 obituary for Ford, the New York Times reported that Ford told Nixon more directly, "I no longer can publicly defend you." Like Pence, Ford had been a loyal vice president to Nixon, who nominated him to the office in October 1973 after Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned in his own scandal. "Anytime you want me to do anything, under any circumstances, you give me a call, Mr. President," Ford replied. At other times, Nixon expressed affection for his vice president.