You can say that, but what about Bobby and John Kennedy's decision to segregate the troops at Ole Miss when they got there. That was among the worst decisions in the history of time. Still, I will say 2 things:
A. The first case of federal troops being sent in to uphold federal school integration occurred in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957. President at the time, Eisenhower, who was a Republican. Oddly, the man that led the troops was a man named Billy Walker. WAlker was a staunch segregationist who actually led a mob in Oxford in 1962, when Meredith was admitted.
B. It did take major stones for Kennedy to send in federal troops. The problem was he fucked it up terribly, sending a small group of federal marshals with no riot control training, and basically forcing those 200 or so men to face around 5000 or so racist dickfaces who had guns, rocks, and the Mississippi State Troopers on their side. He finally gave the orders for the feds to come in, and it's a great thing he did, or it would have been ugly.
LBJ, while I think a prick in real life, was absolutely gutsy in his dealings with the federal busing. He does get props from me for that. I may be one of the few REpublicans who actually think that Kennedy, who for all his segregationist beliefs before October, 1962, helped black people, and Johnson were great Presidents. Sadly, many southern Democrats felt differently, and only 61% of the Representatives voted in favor of the Civil Rights Act, while 80% of the Republican reps voted for the CRA, and in the Senate, 69% voted for the CRA, opposed to 82% Republican.
Oh, and Nixon was a shithead who I legitimately despise. I was the only person in my political science class to have a Republican as my political hero and most hated political figure.
I've grown so used to you somehow, Lord I'm nobody's sugar daddy now, and I'm lo-oo-onesome, I've got the lovesick blues.