Interview with Gov. John Patterson
QUESTION 20
INTERVIEWER:

I WANT TO DRAW YOUR ATTENTION TO A MEETING AT WHICH MR. SEIGENTHALER WAS PRESENT. AND I WANT TO KNOW FIRST, YOUR RELATIONSHIP [unintelligible]. THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO KNOW. I'M VERY CURIOUS ABOUT THAT. WHAT I WANT TO GET IS TWO THINGS. WE'VE GOT A SITUATION WHERE IN ANASTON, UH, PEOPLE COULD HAVE BEEN KILLED ON THAT BUS. THAT PICTURE HITS THE INTERNATIONAL PAPERS. THE BUS WOULD HAVE BASICALLY WOULD HAVE BEEN EXPLODED HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR YOUR MAN GETTING THEM OFF THE BUS AND THEN TO BIRMINGHAM THERE'S A ROIT AND PEOPLE ARE HURT AND SERIOUSLY. SO NOW WE'RE MOVING IN TO A SITUATION AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NOW IS GETTING INVOLVED, SO WHY DON'T WE START WITH THAT AND I'LL ASK A QUESTION ABOUT THE KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION. THEN WE'LL GO IN TO THAT MEETING WHERE SEIGENTHALER WAS PRESENT. UMM AS TO WHAT THE STATE'S RESPONSIBILITY . I'LL BREAK DOWN THE QUESTIONS [laughter] OKAY, THE FIRST QUESTION IS YOU WERE ONE OF THE FIRST SOUTHERN GOVERNORS TO COME OUT IN SUPPORT OF JOHN KENNEDY DURING HIS CAMPAIGN, HOW DID YOU FEEL WHEN THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, ROBERT KENNEDY, GOT INVOLVED IN THE STATES AFFAIRS THE DAY AFTER ANASTON AND BIRMINGHAM?

Gov. John Patterson:

Well, of course, as I said, I couldn't understand Robert's position very well, but anyway he started calling me on the telephone.