Interview with Herbert Brownell, Jr.
QUESTION 29
INTERVIEWER:

YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT ANY SENSE OF POLITICAL COSTS, WHAT THOSE WERE.

Herbert Brownell, Jr.:

President Eisenhower was well aware of the political costs of uh, intervening in the Little Rock situation or not intervening there were costs involved in either course. He knew uh, for one thing that the leadership in the Congress both the Senate and the House would be antagonized if he decided to uh, send troops into Little Rock, that of course was important to him because he had uh, worked fairly closely with uh, the leaders in both houses, which were southern oriented. So that that was an immediate uh, political cost to him if he went into Little Rock, uh he knew that uh, not going into Little Rock would mean that he would be charged and rightfully charged with not enforcing the Supreme Court decision in the Brown case, or upholding the constitution, which was his duty as President, so that uh, in balance he never had any uh, hesitation once the crisis developed in supporting the constitution.