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Start Date: Wednesday, January 3, 1973 2:44 AM
End Date: Wednesday, January 3, 1973 3:00 AM
Participants:Nixon, Richard M. (President); Colson, Charles W.;
Recording Device: White House Telephone
On January 2, 1973, President Richard M. Nixon and Charles W. Colson talked on the telephone from 9:44 pm to 10:00 pm. The White House Telephone taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 035-069 of the White House Tapes.
Nixon Library Finding Aid:
Conversation No. 35-69 Date: January 2, 1973 Time: 9:44 pm - 10:00 pm Location: White House Telephone The President talked with Charles W. Colson. Henry A. Kissinger -Recent meeting with the President -Kissinger’s mood -Colson and H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman -Forthcoming meeting -Newspaper articles [of James B. (“Scotty”) Reston and Joseph C. Kraft] -Effect on Kissinger -Crosby S. Noyes -Stewart J. O. Alsop -Tone -Richard (“Dick”) Wilson -Tone -The President -The President's relationship with Kissinger -Recent meeting with the President -Kissinger’s morale -Sensitivity -Role in negotiations -Forthcoming trip to Paris -The President’s instructions -63- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Oct.-07) Conversation No. 35-69 (cont’d) -Forthcoming meeting with Haldeman and Colson -Recent meeting with the President -Duration -Instructions for Ronald L. Ziegler -Forthcoming meeting with Haldeman and Colson Vietnam negotiations -Congressional relations -House of Representatives resolution -Effect -US withdrawal for Prisoners of War [POWs] -North Vietnamese position -Foothold in South Vietnam -US aid to South Vietnam -Cut off of aid -The President’s resistance -US public opinion Kissinger -Forthcoming meeting with Haldeman and Colson -Kissinger’s schedule -Forthcoming trip to Paris, January 7, 1973 Vietnam negotiations -The President's schedule -Meeting with Kissinger, William P. Rogers, Melvin R. Laird, Adm. Thomas H. Moorer and Richard M. Helms, January 4, 1973 -Memorial service for [Thomas] Hale Boggs -Announcement -Timing -Purpose -Solidarity -Recent and forthcoming meetings with Kissinger -Statement -Bipartisan leadership meeting, January 5, 1973 -The President’s comments -Sensitivity of talks -Forthcoming reports to Congress -Timing -Kissinger and Colson’s forthcoming meeting with Alexander M. Haig, Jr. -64- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Oct.-07) Conversation No. 35-69 (cont’d) Roberto Clemente's death -Press coverage -White House statement -Timing -Richard A. Moore -Funeral -Daniel M. Galbreath -Trip to Puerto Rico -Dale Galbreath -Group [Roberto Clemente Memorial Fund] -Anastasio Somoza Debayle -Trip to Nicaragua -Roberto Clemente Memorial Fund -The President’s role -Press relations George E. Allen’s [in-laws] [Mr. and Mrs. Felix Lumbrosso] -White House tour -Washington, DC -Duration -Press coverage Congressional relations Stock market -Dow Jones industrial average -Current figure -Reaction to Vietnam Peace -Effect on Congress -State of economy -Bullish signs -Press coverage -News magazines Congressional relations -Democrats -John B. Connally -Postions on spending, government programs, end of Vietnam War -Reaction of country -65- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Oct.-07) Conversation No. 35-69 (cont’d) The President's schedule -Michael J. Mansfield -Carl B. Albert -Bipartisan leadership meeting -Freshman Congressman reception -Harry S. Truman’s memorial service -John A. Scali’s view -Private memorial service in Independence, Missouri -Dean Francis B. Sayre -Ronald L. Ziegler -Gerald L. Warren -Forthcoming conversation with the President -Recent conversation with Colson -Private memorial service -Lyndon B. Johnson's attendance -Criticism -Vietnam War -Congressional relations Albert E. Sindlinger -Recent conversation with W. Richard Howard -Polls -Procedures over holidays -Public awareness of issues -Public awareness of issues -Sports -National economy -Retails spending over holidays -Politics National economy -Retail spending over holidays -Effect on Gross National Product [GNP] -Fourth quarter -Unemployment figures -Predictions -Effect -Public awareness -Bipartisanship leadership meeting -66- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Oct.-07) Conversation No. 35-69 (cont’d) -Effect on nation -Compared to Vietnam War -Mansfield -Congress -“Doves” -Press -Paris negotiations -Sindlinger poll Vietnam negotiations -Congressional relations -Colson’s recent conversation with William E. Timmons -J. William Fulbright -Possible hearings or end the war legislation -Timing -1973 Inauguration -Administration failure or success -Political ramifications -House Democratic Caucus -End the war legislation -January 2, 1973 -Republican support for administration -Future vote -George S. McGovern -Possible resolution supporting the President -Colson’s possible conversation with Gerald R. Ford -Republican Caucus, January 3, 1973 -Timmons -House of Representatives -Forthcoming report to Congress -Timing