Interview with Gov. John Patterson
QUESTION 21
INTERVIEWER:

TELL ME WHO'S CALLING YOU ON THE TELEPHONE.

Gov. John Patterson:

Robert Kennedy started calling me on the telephone. Robert started calling the president of the Greyhound bus company, making demands on them. They had trouble getting drivers to drive the buses because they were concerned about their buses and themselves I guess. But finally every time I would talk to Robert I would immediately read in the paper or hear on the wire service quotes from his office and from the White House saying that I said certain things. And many times it would be things that I did not say.** And so I told Robert that I would, that I thought the best thing would be for the President to send a personal representative down to Montgomery to be on the spot here with us, so that he would know what was going on and that we could confer directly with him and there would be no more, there would be no danger of talking over the telephone and misunderstanding each other and saying that each other said things that we didn't say. What was happening, his calls down here and then him saying that I said certain things that I didn't say was hurting me tremendously down here.