Interview with Herbert Brownell, Jr.
QUESTION 17
INTERVIEWER:

COULD YOU TALK ABOUT HIS FEELING OF BEING PRESIDENT OF ALL THE PEOPLE AND WHAT THAT MEANT IN TERMS OF ENFORCING SUPREME COURT DECISIONS AGAIN THE PRESIDENT'S POSITION…

Herbert Brownell, Jr.:

President Eisenhower's position ** after the Brown second Brown decision which established the doctrine of all deliberate speed for the enforcement was that** he should he was the President of all the people.** People were almost violently divided on the uh, on the enforcement of the Brown decision. Great resistance to it still existed. He felt that his role** as President of all the people was to** stay in a position where, when the showdown came for enforcement as it did later at Little Rock, he would be able to talk to both sides and persuade them.