Interview with Gov. George C. Wallace
QUESTION 34
INTERVIEWER:

GOVERNOR YOU WERE TELLING ME ABOUT, ASKING PRESIDENT JOHNSON TO PAY FOR THE TROOPS COMING TO ALABAMA, YOU MET WITH PRESIDENT JOHNSON TO ASK HIM THIS AND I WONDERED IF YOU COULD DESCRIBE THAT MEETING FOR ME.

Gov. George C. Wallace:

Well, the meeting I stayed with him three and a half hours but we talked about everything under the sun from education to the welfare program to national defense, Vietnam and all those things. I told him that while I would hope that we had, if the march was big enough we might not be able to contain it. I mean that is we were worried about it it was so big that we didn't have what it took to give a hundred percent protection between 50 miles of marching. And what when we left there we felt like we could but then when I got a report from my own public safety department it required 500 policemen, several thousand, not 2 thousand national guardsmen, 25 helicopters, so many mobile toilets, etc., we didn't have the money to put out that kind of defense so I called on him to send troops to help us be sure that no one got a hair on their head harmed. And nobody did in that march.