Interview with Cyrus Vance

Your communication with President Johnson during--


I kept in close touch with President Johnson from, ah, the time I landed all the way through until the, ah, troops were committed. It was important to do that because he had to know back in Washington what the position of the Governor was, how difficult the situation was on the ground, were there real grounds for deploying the troops or no because he took very seriously his responsibilities to follow the Constitution and the laws that had been enacted not to deploy, until it was absolutely necessary, but he wanted to make sure that, ah, when it appeared it necessary that they were deployed immediately so as to try and stop the violence and the bloodshed.