Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) In his news conference at the State Department here in the Nation's Capital on May 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was asked...
"How do you regard the Alabama Governor's...intention to block the integration of the University of Alabama?"
The President said he was hopeful that Governor George Wallace and the state of Alabama would follow the example of "every other state in the country" which had already "integrated their state university."
President Kennedy reminded the reporter that the University of Alabama Board of Trustees had indicated their willingness to abide by orders of the Court in the matter of integration.
"I am obligated to carry out the court order. I would hope the Governor's (decision)...to carry out our dispute in the courts indicates he will accept the judgment of the court."
"Kennedy and the Press: The News Conferences," edited and annotated by Harold W. Chase and Allen H. Lerman, Thomas Y. Crowell Company, New York, 1965.