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Start Date: Thursday, December 28, 1972 1:14 AM
End Date: Thursday, December 28, 1972 1:33 AM
Participants:Nixon, Richard M. (President); Colson, Charles W.;
Recording Device: White House Telephone
On December 27, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon and Charles W. Colson talked on the telephone from 8:14 pm to 8:33 pm. The White House Telephone taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 035-017 of the White House Tapes.
Nixon Library Finding Aid:
Conversation No. 35-17 Date: December 27, 1972 Time: 8:14 pm - 8:33 pm Location: White House Telephone The President talked with Charles W. Colson. The President's schedule -Harry S. Truman's death -The President’s paying of respects -Television [TV] coverage -Timing -Absence of Presidential-public statement -Truman family request for private funeral -Demeanor -Tone -Photographs -Media coverage -National Broadcasting Company [NBC] -Thelma C. (“Pat”) Nixon -Lyndon B. Johnson and family US bombing of North Vietnam -News coverage -Truman’s death -Public attitude -Disappointment -Truman’s death -The President’s paying of respects -Lack of demonstrators -Colson’s telephone conversations -William F. (“Billy”) Graham's views -Graham's association with the administration -“War Hawk” -Colson’s recent conversation with Henry A. Kissinger -Effects of Kissinger's conversation with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman -Press contacts -Colson’s message to Haldeman -Kissinger’s conversation with Colson -19- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Oct.-07) Conversation No. 35-17 (cont’d) -Status quo -Return of Congress -Public attitude -Neutrality -Albert E. Sindlinger -Poll information -Timing -Christmas -Support for bombing -Increases -“Doves” -Increases -Status quo -Colson’s recent conversation with Kissinger Congressional relations -Democratic Whip position -House Majority Leader -Thomas P. (“Tip”) O'Neill -O'Neill -Democratic partisanship -Relationship with Colson -Possible successor -Robert C. Byrd -Columbia Broadcasting System [CBS] appearance -Vietnam War special -Re-election efforts -Support for the President -Briefing from William H. Sullivan -Robert P. Griffin -Briefing -Hugh Scott -Colson’s view -Colson’s recent conversations with William E. Timmons and John A. Scali -Colson’s efforts -Reaction to US bombing of North Vietnam -Quiescence -Edward M. Kennedy -Statement -Michael J. Mansfield -20- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Oct.-07) Conversation No. 35-17 (cont’d) -Statement -Timing -Congressional recess -Vacations Prisoners of War [POWs] -Story -Robert J. Dole -The President’s view -Bryce N. Harlow -Colson’s view -Schedule -Florida US bombing of North Vietnam -Public attitude -Colson’s telephone conversations -New Majority -Appointments by administration -Colson’s “book” -The President’s constituency -Possible worry -W. Richard Howard’s telephone conversations National economy -Herbert Stein -Economic briefing -Tone -Colson’s view -Gross National Product [GNP] -Revised figures -Increases -1972 election -Aid to administration -Briefing by Stein -Tone National issues -Economy -Football -21- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Oct.-07) Conversation No. 35-17 (cont’d) -Administration appointments -Robert Q. Marston -Washington press coverage -National Institute of Health [NIH] -Views of scientific community -George S. McGovern -Political leaning -Colson’s relative -Caspar W. (“Cap”) Weinberger -Department of Health, Education and Welfare [HEW] -Peter J. Brennan -Rowland Evans and Robert Novak column -Labor Department -Photographs of the President -George P. Shultz -James N. Hodgson -John F. Kennedy photographs -Lyndon B. Johnson photographs -Brennan’s effect on Washington bureaucracy -Effect -Establishment -Wall Street Journal -Victor Riesel column -Activities -Effect -Compared to Martin P. Durkin -Evans and Novak, Wall Street Journal columns -Tone -Relationship with the President -Dwight D. Eisenhower -Support for Adlai E. Stevenson, II -Brennan’s support for the President -1972 campaign -Labor committee -New Majority -Evans and Novak column -Relationship with press CBS -The President's conversation with Gerald L. Warren -22- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Oct.-07) Conversation No. 35-17 (cont’d) -Possible policies affecting CBS -The President conversation with Patrick J. Buchanan -Buchanan's lunch with William Small -Worry -Relationship with the administration -Colson’s view Cable TV -The President’s view -Effect on the networks -CBS -Establishment -Benefit to public Life magazine -Final issue -1972 photographs -Thomas F. Eagleton -McGovern -Edward S. Muskie -Coverage of the President -The President’s trip to the People’s Republic of China [PRC] and the Soviet Union -Election -New Majority -Colson’s view -Establishment -Public interest -The President’s potential survival John A. Volpe -Ambassadorship to Italy -Italian-American reaction -Colson’s view -Scali -United Nations [UN] appointment -Secretary of Transportation -Colson’s conversation with Volpe -Volpe’s reaction -Italian-American reaction -23- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Oct.-07) Conversation No. 35-17 (cont’d) Blair House receptions -New Majority -Response -Compared to White House parties, church services, receptions -Letters to Colson -Numbers -Tone -Compared to the National Business Council for Consumer Affairs Maurice H. Stans -Campaign contributors -Members of National Business Council for Consumer Affairs -List Blair House receptions -Response -1973 Inaugural receptions -Degree of formality -Black ties -Wives -Compared to white tie