Interview with Nicholas Katzenbach
QUESTION 22
INTERVIEWER:

YOU'D HAD UH YOUR OWN RUN-INS OR ENCOUNTERS WITH GEORGE WALLACE, OF COURSE THE TUSCALOOSA INCIDENT SCHOOL HOUSE DOORS, BUT AS YOU CAME INTO 1965 WHAT WERE YOUR FEELINGS ABOUT WALLACE WHEN YOU REALIZED THE KIND OF RESISTANCE THAT WAS COMING OUT OF ALABAMA?

Nicholas Katzenbach:

Well, I've never been an admirer of George Wallace and I, I, I think for George Wallace it was a political thing more than it was a racist thing. He had, he had run earlier as a fairly liberal candidate and gotten beaten, so I think he just decided that uh, the way to win was to uh, was uh, to holler against blacks, and that was what he did. Uh, but I never liked him and I never admired him much, uh, uh, I feel sorry that he was injured as he was injured, but uh, I never had much respect for him.