>Eisenhower had never liked the idea of trying to force overnight social transformation. He acknowledged after Brown vs Board of Education that Southerners were unlikely to accept desegregation without resistance. Publicly, the president did not comment on the ruling as he felt it improper and against separation of powers for the president to criticize a Supreme Court ruling. Like many professional soldiers, he also held a degree of admiration for the South, as he had spent a fair bit of time there during his military career and he was widely popular with Southern whites. He himself limited his civil rights actions to those areas directly controllable by the executive branch, including desegregation of Navy shipyards and the District of Columbia.
>When the president sent US Army troops to enforce desegregation in Little Rock after Arkansas governor Orval Faubus mounted the direct challenge to the Federal government that he himself hoped to avoid, he explained that he did not use the National Guard so as to not pit Arkansans against one another.